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SLIDESHOW: The hottest baby names for 2016

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Are you having a baby this year?

If so, you might want to consider names like Riley, Jade, Anouk, Arlo and Kai.

Nameberry.com, a website devoted to baby names and trends, looked at that attracted unique views of a total of more than six million visits to its site since the beginning of January. Then, it traced which of those name had increased 50-percent or more over the same period in 2015.

Newberry.com points out some observations:

— Vowel-beginning names continue to rule, with 40 percent of the hottest girls’ names and over half the boys’ names starting with A (still the leader), E, I, or O, in that order.

— Unisex names are hot, especially for girls, with Riley, Rowan, Finley, Teagan, Peyton, Sage, and Everly all making the girls’ list. But we also see names that can cross the gender line on the boys’ side: Jayden, Elliot, Logan, Charlie, and Rhys.

— Girl-boy pairs of names make the hot list, with Elise and Elias, Kai and Kaia, Jade and Jayden, Evan and Everly all rising.

— Girls’ names with the -el sound — Elise and Elsie but also Aveline and Annalise — keep gathering steam, as do boys’ names that end in n, with newcomers Aryan, Augustine, Lucian, and Eamon joining such favorites as Aiden and Owen.

— The new hottest names have a distinct international flavor, and include the Scandinavian Astrid, French Anouk, the AfricanAmara, the German Annalise, the Greek Xanthe, the Hawaiian Kai, the Indo-Iranian Aryan, and the Irish Eamon.

See the slideshow above for the top 25 boy and girl names. If you are a mobile viewer and having problems viewing the slideshow, click here.

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