Our friends at聽Nameberry聽recently ranked which聽names attract the most views on its site聽in the first half of 2016. So far, Olivia is garnering the most attention, replacing 2015鈥檚 most popular girls鈥 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鈥 names, so if you鈥檙e having girl-boy twins, perhaps Olivia and Oliver might be a cute pairing for twin names. If聽you鈥檝e 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 鈥 we鈥檙e here to help! We researched some聽creative baby name alternatives that are similar to the top names.

Alternatives to the Most Popular Girls鈥 Names For the First Half of 2016


1. Olivia: If you have your heart set on this Latin name meaning 鈥渙live tree,鈥 think about similar names that are just as lovely. Other parents who liked the name Olivia also liked Sophia, Charlotte, Claire, Isabella and Grace.聽Drew Barrymore鈥檚 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.聽Emilia and Emelia are similar-sounding to this German-origin name meaning 鈥渨ork,鈥 and are different enough from the ever-popular Emma or Emme.聽Adelaide, Alice, Clara, Eleanor and聽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鈥檙e 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鈥 names, so think about聽Avery, Ada, Aveline, Ella and Lola as other suggestions.

5. Isla: Pronounced 鈥渆ye-la,鈥 this Scottish origin name is popular in England, Wales and Scotland. It follows the latest trend of聽names ending in vowels, like Emma and Ivy.聽Islay, Ailsa, Lila, Lucy and Luna are other similar names.

Alternatives to the Most Popular Boys鈥 Names For the First Half of 2016

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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.聽Elijah,聽Gideon, Jude, Emmett and Eli聽are all great alternatives that might just be Better Than Ezra.

7. Asher:聽Like Ezra, Asher means聽鈥渉appy one,鈥 and聽comes from the Hebrew language. It聽had a renaissance as a name when it was last popular in the 鈥90s, and has now hit the top boys鈥 name list since 2015. Ash is a cute alternative, as well as Archer, Finn,聽Gabriel,聽Sawyer and Silas.

8. Atticus: Who doesn鈥檛 think of the noble Atticus Finch from the epic聽novel聽To Kill a Mockingbird when they see Atticus on a baby name list? It鈥檚 a solidly popular name (Casey Affleck named his son Atticus), and similar names include聽Augustus,聽Nathaniel, Miles, Dexter and Felix.

9. Declan: Pronounced 鈥淒eck-lin,鈥 this Irish name, like Aidan and Liam, is trendy in Ireland and becoming in-demand in America. Caleb,聽Everett, Ethan,聽Donovan and Owen are just as sweet.

10. Oliver:聽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,聽Isaac and Elliot are great possible substitutes.

Did we miss any of your fave聽alternative names? Tweet us聽@BritandCo and let us know!

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