Best of the New Baby Names

Calliope, Kylo and Poppy

By Abby Sandel

One of the highlights of the release of the Top 1000 baby names? It’s a thrill to look at newcomers to the list, the names that debut for the very first time, as well as those that have made a comeback after many years’ absence.

Some of the newcomers represent a twist on an already popular name. Others seem like pop culture sensations, likely to fall out of favor just as quickly as they rise. Check out the whole list here. But we’ve found a dozen gems, all new to the US Top 1000 for 2016, that seem likely to stick around.


Move over, Isabella! Antonella is a long, lovely elaboration of Antonia, originally used in Italian. It seems like a natural choice for parents who love romantic names for girls, borrowing the best of Alexandra and Gabriella. If Antonia is more your speed, that feminine form of Anthony returned to the US Top 1000 in 2016; this year marks Antonella’s debut.

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Orchid_Lover Says:

May 19th, 2017 at 11:03 pm

I can imagine Shepard/Shepherd becoming more popular especially when considering the playground analysis. It has an obvious nickname, it is simple yet different, it can have religious/spiritual meaning, Shepard Smith lends it familiarity–and I also wonder if his coming out may make it feel less polarizing for those who aren’t the biggest fans of Fox News.

paulapuddephatt Says:

May 20th, 2017 at 10:34 am

Calliope is stunning. Poppy is already well-used in the UK, and has been a top name here for years. Antonia is lovely. It is the most stylish feminine form of Anthony. Toni is a cute nickname.

orphanedhanyou Says:

May 20th, 2017 at 4:11 pm

feel like the only actual new name is Kylo, all the others have been trending or growing for a few years

Abby Sandel Says:

May 21st, 2017 at 9:43 am

True – but they haven’t been in the Top 1000 in recent years. For this post, that’s the definition of “new.” We’ve got more stories coming up on names that are much less common!

ARead Says:

May 21st, 2017 at 1:25 pm

I LOVE Calliope! So beautiful! Definitely makes me think of the old musical instrument but if other parents are using it more, maybe my husband will warm up one day 😉

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May 21st, 2017 at 8:33 pm

[…] of great names have gone from under-the-radar to the next big thing. Shepherd, Gus, and Fox cracked the US Top 1,000. Wilder, Arlo, Kingsley, Hayes, and Grey all climbed more than 100 places in the rankings. Even […]

beynotce Says:

May 22nd, 2017 at 3:08 pm

I’ve been shocked to realize Calliope hasn’t been in the top 1000 before. I don’t typically pay close attention to the popularity of names unless they’re in the top 20, but I never noticed that this name was so unusual. It has been a favorite of mine for nearly fifteen years – since I read Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex in high school. I’d have assumed its appearance on Grey’s Anatomy starting in 2006 had boosted the name’s momentum more than it seems it has.

Best Unusual Girl Names: Twyla, Thora, and Lake – Baby Name Blog – Nameberry Says:

May 28th, 2017 at 10:52 pm

[…] year, it seems like more rarities are discovered. Calliope, Mavis, and Poppy joined the US Top 1,000. Once uncommon choices like Ophelia, Thea, and Wren all climbed more than 100 places in the […]

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