Best of the New Baby Names

May 19, 2017 Abby Sandel
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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.

About the author


Abby Sandel is nameberry's Senior Editor and resident Name Sage. Look for her baby name news round-ups every Monday, and her Name Sage columns on Wednesdays. Abby is the creator of the baby name blog Appellation Mountain and mom to Alex and Clio. For a chance to have your questions answered, contact Abby at

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