Kids playing with garden sprinkler

Which creative baby names are hottest right now? We at Nameberry compared views of our name pages for the first month of summer 2016 with the same period last year in search of the names that had made the most dramatic leaps. We only considered names that had received at least 100 views and calculated the percentage jump over last year. The results: 10 surprising girls鈥 names and 10 for boys strongly influenced by pop culture.

The 20 hottest baby names of summer 2016 are:

Girl Names

Cute Toddler Baby sitting on Mom`s Hands

1. Thomasin: No babies were named Thomasin in the US in 2015. What made this obscure 聽female version of Thomas leap more than 1000 percent this summer? Thomasin is the appealing protagonist of the highbrow horror movie The Witch.

2. Leire:聽This Basque place-name is one of the most popular girls鈥 names in that region of Spain but is virtually unknown in the US. Pronounced LAY-ree, this name jumped 850 percent on Nameberry this summer, perhaps due to the influence of singer Leire Martinez.

3. Rae:聽The resurgence of Rae 鈥 it鈥檚 up 425 percent 鈥 may be thanks to the Star Wars character Rey or Pioneer Woman Rea Drummond or its status as a stylish middle name a la singer Carly Rae Jepsen. In the Top 500 a century ago, Rae fell off the US list a generation ago but is now making a comeback, along with cousin Mae.

4. Eden:聽Nevaeh and Heaven may be slumping, but Eden is hot, in the Top 200 in the US, England and Australia and up over 350 percent on Nameberry this summer. Along with its lovely meaning, Eden is a cute route to adorable short form Edie.

5. Wren:聽It鈥檚 a bird, it鈥檚 a name, it鈥檚 one of the hottest choices in middle place. Wren is up over 260 percent this summer, in line to become the Ann or Lynn of the next generation.

6. Ruby:聽Can you be popular and hot at the same time? Ruby proves you can, with views up 250 percent this summer and already ranking in the Top 100 in the US and the Top 25 throughout the rest of the English-speaking world. Ruby is sure to climb even higher.

7. Cala:聽Cala is a simple-yet-distinctive Arabic name meaning castle, attracting 225 percent more attention this summer than last. It also means cove in Spanish and may be a fresher substitute for the Kayla family of names.

8. Bernice:聽Biblical Bernice gives proof to the Hundred Year Rule: It peaked in the US in 1921 and fell off the list completely in the early 80s, just in time for the new generation of parents to rediscover it. Bernice is up over 200 percent this summer.

9. Vega:聽This astral name with an animal meaning 鈥 it means 鈥渟wooping eagle鈥 in Arabic 鈥 is popular in Spain and also hot for summer 2016, up over 200 percent.

10. Francine:聽To the uninitiated, Francine may seem like a Mad Men-era throwback, but it鈥檚 newly cool 鈥 and hot 鈥 since It Couple Casey Neistat, a YouTube star and jewelry designer Candice Pool chose it for their daughter. It鈥檚 up over 200 percent.

Boy Names

Mom with baby on the beach

11. Kylo:聽Our Number 1 hottest boys鈥 name is easy to track: Interest in the name Kylo exploded with the Star Wars character played by Adam Driver. Views of Kylo spiked nearly 1500 percent, which will undoubtedly translate to lots more baby Kylos.

12. Corin:聽Corin is the opposite of Kylo, a name whose popularity is up 500 percent for no apparent pop culture or celebrity-related reason. It may simply be that Corin has both a Shakespearean pedigree and a stylish two-syllable n-ending sound. It鈥檚 simple yet unique, given to only 23 boys last year. Expect to meet many more little Corins.

13. Rex:聽It鈥檚 a wonder Rex has stayed so quiet through the popularity of Max and Pax and other x-related names, but now that鈥檚 changing, as interest in Rex is up nearly 300 percent.

14. Colm:聽Irish writer Colm Toibin and actor Colm Meaney helped make this name famous. Pronunciation is like Colin with an m at the end. The Anglicized form, Callum, is popular in England. Colm is up this summer over 250 percent.

15. Oak:聽Most botanical names fall on the girls鈥 side, but the strong and simple Oak is an exception. Up 230 percent, this name was given to just 25 boys in the US last year, though Oakley is a rising star for girls.

16. Jace:聽Does it sound like Chase or like the initials J.C.? That may be the question that sends so many people to this name on our site, with views up over 200 percent this summer. This Top 100 name 鈥 it ranks at Number 75 鈥 is a successor to last generation鈥檚 Jason, and is usually pronounced with one syllable. It came to fame via reality TV.

17. Theo:聽Theo has risen more than 500 places on the official US lists in the past five years and is wildly popular throughout Europe. And all signals point to Theo rising a lot higher, with views up 184 percent. Theo Raeken is a dreamy but devious character on Teen Wolf.

18. Dane:聽Dane may be the Wren of the boys鈥 side, a short, simple name that makes a perfect middle for new parents who want to move beyond John. Dane racked up more than 160 percent more views this summer than last. Actor/comedian Dane Cook may be partly responsible.

19. Orion:聽Baby names from the heavens are rising stars right now, with mythological Orion shooting up 134 percent in Nameberry views and reaching its highest point ever on the official charts. Furthering Orion鈥檚 appeal is its Harry Potter connection and its status as one of the brightest constellations in the sky.

20. Jude: The Biblical Jude owes its rise to a single celebrity, actor Jude Law. It鈥檚 now in the Top 100 in England and Scotland and at its highest place ever at Number 156 in the US. And we see it ascending even higher, based on its 130 percent jump in views over the last year.

Have any other popular baby names that you鈥檙e loving RN? Tweet us聽@BritandCo and let us know!

(Photos via Getty)

This post was previously published on Nameberry.