Category: Baby Names Popularity
By Esmeralda Rocha
While we wait (months and months!) for the US and other countries to release their official naming statistics, we can start right here within the Nameberry family and take a look at the babies that YOU named last year!
Nameberry readers love a wider variety of names than the general population (no surprises) – so while tried-and-true traditional English names like Sally, James, Anne and Henry were all loved and chosen, we also saw some stunning off-the-grid picks such as Yves, Pomeline, Atlas, Kaveh, Bardou, Eero and Salomea.
By Eleanor Nickerson
It’s time once again to look back at the most prevalent trends that have influenced baby names in Britain in 2017.
HOT SOUNDS OF 2017: OR and WIL
For girls, the hottest vowel sound has been O this year in the UK, especially if it made up the “or” sound. Notable this year are Aurora, Orla, Cora, Flora and Victoria and I’ve also got my eye on Nora and Nola to rise.
For boys, the Wil names have proven a hit this year. The evergreen William is always in style, but this year, vintage Wilfred has also been making a big comeback to the limelight since it fell out of favour in the 1930s.
Not insignificantly, cuddly Wilbur has also been popping up in several birth announcements this year.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
What were the most noteworthy names of the year? To pick the Top 10, we looked at not only baby names, but beyond to include the names that had a significant impact on the culture. So here are our top selections–some representative of major trends–along with a few others that slipstreamed in their wake
2017 was clearly the year of fierce boys’ names, embodied by a menagerie of wild animal names that were domesticated onto birth certificates. Bears were the leaders of the pack, ranking at Number 133 on Nameberry (and in the Top 10 for dogs). Bear seemed like a surprising pick when Alicia Silverstone named her son Bear Blu in 2011, but it became gradually normalized when there were bear cubs in the cribs of other celebs like Kate Winslet and Liam Payne. Also in this once aggressive animal category are Wolf (208 on Nameberry) and the fast-rising Fox, which entered the US Top 800 last year.
Before we dive in, have you seen our top names of 2017? These are the names that have been the most looked-at this year. A few highlights: Atticus rose to the top spot for boys, and Olivia held the girls’ title for a second year. New to the top 10 are Cora, Maia, Amara, Theodore, Jasper and Henry. Did you help to send any of them up the charts?
In a stunning upset, the ancient boys’ name Atticus has jumped to the top of Nameberry’s baby name popularity list for 2017.
While girls’ names conventionally move up and down the fashion ladder more quickly, this year’s Nameberry list is more volatile on the boys’ side, with more new entries in the count of Top 1000 names and more names making dramatic shifts up or down the ladder
That’s evidence of a sea change in how parents choose names for their sons, moving away from family names and traditional male choices and judging boys’ names the same way they do girls’, with style the driving factor.
Nameberry’s popular names list measures which names attract the largest share of our nearly 250 million page views, versus how many babies actually receive that name. It’s a gauge of parents’ interest in baby names and a predictor of which names will become more popular in the future.
Three new names vaulted onto the Top Ten this year for each gender: Cora, Maia, and Amara for girls, and Theodore, Jasper, and Henry for boys. Maia is the most surprising newcomer to the group, also new to the Nameberry Top 100 and on the US Top 1000 for only a decade.
Here is the complete Top Ten baby names for each gender.