Regal baby names going big in 2016

With Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcoming their baby boy on Dec. 5, fans are anxiously awaiting a name announcement. The couple famously call their daughter North West, although they have insisted they'll be going less directional for baby number two. As one of the last famous births in 2015, we're looking ahead to the new year – and the names that will crown a new batch of A-list babes.

Kim Kardashian daughter is named North West. Photo: © Instagram

Our sister publication, Today's Parent, has rounded up the six most dominant trends for 2016, from Greek designations for little girls (think Penelope and Daphne) to bold options like Blaze and Ace for boys. As far as whisperings of an Instagram filter trend are concerned (Valencia, Willow or Juno, anyone?), expert Laura Wattenberg tells the publication they're unfounded. "The name Willow has been on the rise now for 20 years. If anything, Will Smith’s daughter, Willow, has more influence on the name’s popularity over any Instagram filter.”

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But one prediction that caught our attention is that of regal denominations, but ones that have no direct ties to the Royal Family. Editor-in-Chief Sasha Emmons shed some light on the phenomenon. "While I’m sure the names young royals like William and Kate choose for their kids will continue to influence baby names, the other trend we’re seeing is choosing names that are literally regal, like Prince, King, Royal and Reign, the name Kourtney Kardashian chose for her youngest child. I think parents like them because they connote power and leadership, and who doesn’t want their child to grow up to have those qualities?"

A photo posted by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on

Kourtney is clearly ahead of the curve, having welcomed her third child with then-partner Scott Disick at the end of 2014. And whatever his future holds, a recent photo is a clear indication that baby Reign is already a style leader like his cousin, North West. The tot donned ripped jeans, a Yeezus t-shirt and little black boots while playing with a guitar.

Other A-list fans of monarchical monikers? Lil' Kim welcomed baby girl Royal Reign in June 2014, while Jermaine Jackson chose a mashup of his own name and Majesty when now-15-year-old Jermajesty Jackson was born.

While we know popular picks like Charlotte, George, Catherine, Elizabeth and William aren't going anywhere, we can't wait to see which new regal names reign supreme in 2016.

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