10 Best Alternatives to the Trendiest Baby Names of 2016
Our friends at Nameberry recently ranked which names attract the most views on its site in the first half of 2016. So far, Olivia is garnering the most attention, replacing 2015’s most popular girls’ name, Charlotte, for the top spot. For boys names, Ezra, with its origins in Hebrew culture, is the most-searched name. And not surprising, Oliver ranks in the top five for boys’ names, so if you’re having girl-boy twins, perhaps Olivia and Oliver might be a cute pairing for twin names. If you’ve narrowed down your list of baby names but *just* found out that your pick is one of those ultra-popular baby names, you may be scrambling for something less common. Never fear — we’re here to help! We researched some creative baby name alternatives that are similar to the top names.
1. Olivia: If you have your heart set on this Latin name meaning “olive tree,” think about similar names that are just as lovely. Other parents who liked the name Olivia also liked Sophia, Charlotte, Claire, Isabella and Grace. Drew Barrymore’s daughter is named Olive, and the plucky main character in Little Miss Sunshine (played by Abigail Breslin) is also Olive.
2. Amelia: The name of the heroic female aviator has climbed up the popularity chart as an alternative to the names Emily and Amanda. Emilia and Emelia are similar-sounding to this German-origin name meaning “work,” and are different enough from the ever-popular Emma or Emme. Adelaide, Alice, Clara, Eleanor and Genevieve are possible alternatives.
3. Charlotte: This name has been a mainstay on the popular list, skyrocketing after Kate Middleton and Prince William named their daughter Charlotte. This French female version of Charles has always had its roots in royalty. But if you’re interested in feminine and sophisticated names like Charlotte, then Scarlett, Violet, Elizabeth, Audrey and Caroline are other ideas.
4. Ava: This name variation on Eve has gotten more attention after celebs like Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman named their daughters Ava. Nameberry predicts that this name will eventually hit the number one spot for baby girls’ names, so think about Avery, Ada, Aveline, Ella and Lola as other suggestions.
5. Isla: Pronounced “eye-la,” this Scottish origin name is popular in England, Wales and Scotland. It follows the latest trend of names ending in vowels, like Emma and Ivy. Islay, Ailsa, Lila, Lucy and Luna are other similar names.
Alternatives to the Most Popular Boys’ Names For the First Half of 2016
6. Ezra: With its roots Biblical in nature, this familiar yet unique name has grown in popularity since 2015, hitting the top spot in the first half of 2016. Elijah, Gideon, Jude, Emmett and Eli are all great alternatives that might just be Better Than Ezra.
7. Asher: Like Ezra, Asher means “happy one,” and comes from the Hebrew language. It had a renaissance as a name when it was last popular in the ’90s, and has now hit the top boys’ name list since 2015. Ash is a cute alternative, as well as Archer, Finn, Gabriel, Sawyer and Silas.
8. Atticus: Who doesn’t think of the noble Atticus Finch from the epic novel To Kill a Mockingbird when they see Atticus on a baby name list? It’s a solidly popular name (Casey Affleck named his son Atticus), and similar names include Augustus, Nathaniel, Miles, Dexter and Felix.
9. Declan: Pronounced “Deck-lin,” this Irish name, like Aidan and Liam, is trendy in Ireland and becoming in-demand in America. Caleb, Everett, Ethan, Donovan and Owen are just as sweet.
10. Oliver: A huge hit in England, Australia and New Zealand, Oliver first cracked the top 100 baby name list in 2009 and has been gaining acclaim ever since. Oscar, Theo, Noah, Isaac and Elliot are great possible substitutes.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)