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Popular Baby Names: Nameberry Predicts The 100 'Most Intriguing' Baby Names For 2016

11/01/2016 11:20 GMT | Updated 13/01/2016 10:59 GMT

It might only be January, but baby name experts have already predicted the "most intriguing" names they think will be popping up throughout 2016.

The gurus at Nameberry asked themselves if expectant parents today were limited to only 100 choices to name their child, what names would they be?

The result is a list of the top 100 most creative, authentic and intriguing baby names that are "most likely to serve her or him well into the 22nd century".

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Included in the list are the names Abel and Zephyr

Nameberry listed the 100 names with a short explanation of why they made the cut.

Some of the names are quite unusual: "Xanthe" and "Zephyr" both predicted to be up and coming names this year.

A recognisable name that made the cut was "Saint", notably after Kim Kardashian used the name for her son in 2015.

We've picked out five of our favourites and you can see the rest in the list below.

1. Benedict.

"Ben name glamourised by leading man Cumberbatch."

2. Eloise.

"Childhood literary heroine ready for the real world."

3. Luca.

"Handsome, Italian spin on Lucas and Luke."

4. Flora.

"Halfway between Nora and Daisy, yet all the way more unusual."

5. Nathaniel.

"Biblical favorite that never feels overused."

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Find some more inspiration from the names below, with Nameberry's explanation as to why they'll be popular.

Abel – Biblical boy name with a capable sound

Adelina – The next Isabella

Agnes – Vintage A name set for a major comeback

Alice – Storybook heroine back in the Top 100

Amias – Undiscovered masculine name whose meaning we love

Apollo – A Greek god at home in the modern world

Arden – Shakespeare’s forest makes this a literary nature name

Arlo – Upbeat Arlo is a folk singer – and an animated dinosaur

Athena – As smart as Sophia and a lot more surprising

Atlas – Mythological name that holds its own

August – The Oscar of 2016

Aurora – Ancient name seeing a new dawn

Beckett – Literary name and Hollywood favorite

Blaise – Saint’s name with a fiery image

Bodhi – Surprising spiritual name entering the mainstream

Brooks – Brooke is fading for girls, but Brooks is white-hot for boys

Cait and Cate – New ways to spin classic Kate, inspired by Jenner and Blanchett

Cassian – Roman rarity poised for 21st century discovery

Charlie – Modern parents increasingly prefer Charlie to Charles

Charlotte – A Nameberry favorite turned royal baby name

Clementine – Edible appellation back in the US Top 1000

Cora – The Downton Abbey name most likely to succeed

Cordelia – Lear’s loyal daughter, and a recent returnee to the US Top 1000

Crosby – Irish surname name that’s part-crooner, part-NHL

Cy and Si – Claire Danes picked Cyrus, the Timberlakes Silas, and Zoe Saldana simply Cy

Declan – Ryan and Liam’s little brother, coming into his own

Delilah – Biblical bad girl rehabilitated

Delta – Southern belle baby name chosen by Dax Shepherd and Kristen Bell

Dinah – Undiscovered Biblical girls’ name

Dorothea – Distinctive classic rich with great nicknames

Edith – 2016’s Abigail, and Cate Blanchett’s youngest

Elsie – Rising nickname-name chosen by Zooey Deschanel

Emmeline – Alternative to popular Emma and Emily, and Meryl Streep’s Suffragette character

Emmett – An Em name for a boy, boosted by Twilight and The LEGO Movie

Everest – Nature name with a hint of danger, featured on the big screen last year

Ezra – As Biblical as Noah, plus with the zippy ‘z’

Fable – Modern spin on Mabel just right for a writer’s child

Fay or Faye – A more inventive – and vintage – middle than May or Ray

Flannery – As literary as Harper, but far more distinctive

Flora – Halfway between Nora and Daisy, yet all the way more unusual

Flynn – Dashing Flynn, part-Tangled, part-Finn.

Ford – The chicest of the car names

Fox – An animal name as snappy as Max, as modern as Bear

Frances – A classic that’s thrown off its dowdy image to feel fresh and wearable

Freya – A Norse goddess name long popular in the UK, and newly discovered in the US

Grey – Color name possibility for boys, rising thanks to – or despite – Fifty Shades

Hank – Casual Jack-like name chosen by Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker

Harold – Former grandpa name now following Henry into wider use

Harvey – A name that’s been out for so long in the U.S. that it’s suddenly very in

Hawk – Fierce nature name worn by Jeremy Renner in The Avengers

Hazel – Once an out-there starbaby choice, now a vintage favorite

Holiday – Cooler than Holly or Noel, more approachable than Christmas or Easter

Huck – This year’s Finn or Sawyer

Imogen – UK – and Nameberry — favorite slowly catching on in the US

Inigo – Rare saint’s name that deserves wider use

James – The most enduring of boys’ names, now also a possibility for a daughter

Jane – Quirky television series Jane the Virgin makes classic Jane a cultural-crossing possibility

John – Top name for CEOs appropriate for an upwardly-mobile child

Juniper – Jennifer’s daughter, and an energetic nature name on the rise

Justus – Ancient Roman name meets modern word name

Leilani – A Hawaiian name feeling more at home on the mainland

Leonora – Leonine girls’ name that’s familiar yet rare

Linus – Finally out from under the blanket

Louisa – Lovely, literary, and back in the Top 1000

Luca – Handsome, Italian spin on Lucas and Luke

Lucia – A favorite with parents looking to bridge cultures

Luna – Spacey Harry Potter name that has stuck

Maeve – Authentically Irish, without the spelling and pronunciation challenges of some imports

Magnolia – The hottest new-old floral name

Maisie – Sweetly vintage nickname name

Malala – Nobel Peace Prize-winner that deserves wider use

Margot or Margo – Sophisticated o-ending spin on classic Margaret

Marigold – A golden-hued Downton Abbey-inspired option

Marlowe – Harper, Harlow, and now Marlowe are last names succeeding in first place for girls

Matilda – Roald Dahl’s girl power heroine for a new generation

Nova – New – literally! – and celestial

Ocean – Water-inspired nature names are hot, from River to Ocean

Olive – Starbaby favorite with ties to the natural world and a peaceful image

Ophelia – Once-tragic Shakespearean name, now an alternative to Olivia

Orson – An ends-with-son name that isn’t overused

Paris – The City of Lights shines on, classic for boys or modern for girls

Poe – Poetic surname name boosted by new Star Wars hero

Poppy – Flower power pick big in the UK, finally catching on in the US

Rafferty – Cool and confident surname name for boys

Robin – Back on the boys’ side

Romy – Former one-person name ready for wider use

Royal – A name that rules, with ties to the World Series champs

Rufus – Neglected boy name that feels fresh and fashionable

Saoirse – Irish import boosted by rising actress Saoirse Ronan

Sophia and Sofia – The name heard ‘round the world

Stellan – One of the best n-ending names for boys

Susannah – Classic spin on Susan currently given to fewer than 100 girls

Titan – Powerful mythological name now in the US Top 1000.

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