Category: Trends and Predictions

By Abby Sandel

We’ve always loved word names. Just ask the Pilgrim parents who chose Faith and Hope, the early twentieth century Opals and Earls, or the children of the 80s named Amber and Crystal.

Word names have boomed in the 21st century. Some are revived from the past – welcome back, Ruby and Jasper. Others have some history of use but have never enjoyed so much popularity. Even more word names feel brand new.

Over the last week, word names were in the air. The WWE’s Brie Bella shared that she plans to name her new daughter Birdy. Expectant ESPN reporter Samantha Ponder’s older daughter is called Scout. And Names for Real spotted a baby Pepper in New York.

Let’s take a look at word names that are popular on Nameberry – far more popular than in the US. None of these appear in the current Top 1000, but every one of them could crack the list soon. Given the popularity of choices like River and Chase, Autumn and Lily, any one of these could be the next big thing.

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Hottest Baby Boy Names of 2017

hottest boy names 2017

What are the hottest baby boy names? To find out, we measured which baby names rose most in page views in January of this year, compared to a year earlier.

For more analysis of the hottest baby names of 2017, and the trends they represent, read our post here. Or just click through our slideshow of the hottest boy names of the new year. Some of these names are just starting to catch on, while others already chart with the most popular baby names.

If you’re naming a daughter, check out the hottest baby girl names.

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Boy Names: Meaningful Minis

By Abby Sandel

Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego made a surprise announcement this weekend. Their family has grown! New son Zen joins big brothers Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio.

Zen sounds exactly like the kind of name the Perego-Saldanas love: short, modern, with a great sound and lots of meaning.

It’s not just Zoe and Marco, though. Modern meaningfuls, short on letters but big on style, continue to grow in use. Zoe’s own name fits the category, as do other rising picks like Bodhi, Zion, and Ace.

Some of these names work equally well for a son or a daughter, and most would make great middle spot choices, too.

Here are nine of the best meaningful boy names, mini style.

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Hottest Baby Girl Names of 2017

hottest girl baby names

What are the hottest baby girl names? To find out, we measured which girls’ names rose most in page views in January of this year, compared to a year earlier.

For more analysis of the hottest baby names of 2017, and the trends they represent, read our post here. Or just click through our slideshow of the hottest baby girl names of the new year. Some of these names are just starting to catch on, while others already chart with the most popular baby names.

If you’re naming a son, click here for the hottest baby boy names.

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Hottest Baby Names of 2017

Hot baby names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

What are the hottest baby names of 2017? Which baby names do we see getting hotter, cooler, trendier, and a lot more visible in the year ahead?

To find out, we measured which names clocked the greatest rise in page views in the first month of 2017 compared with last January. The results are astonishing: A whole raft of hot new names signal a major cultural shift in 2017.

Amara is the only name to continue over from 2016’s hot list. But many of the hottest baby names of 2017 pick up on trends and sounds that were hot last year. 2017’s Calista, for instance, takes over for 2016’s Celeste. Similarly, Ines is the new Elise, Kyra the new Kaia, and Tahiti — yes, Tahiti! — is an update on Thea.

We see the same patterns with boys’ names, with Alden taking over for Aiden, Aurelius replacing Augustine,  Kane and Koa taking the place of Kai, Mateo appearing instead of Micah.

Some other observations:

The reign of the vowel name may be ending. Last year, 40 percent of the girls’ names and over half the boys’ names started with vowels. This year, only seven of the girls’ names and five of the boys’ names start with vowels, with A names still dominant.

Favorite first letters seem to be C and K for boys, R for girls, and S for both genders.

This year’s hot names are more gender-specific than last year’s, with fewer unisex names and boy-girl pairs…though Remy lies just out of sight at Number 5 on the unisex list.

— The hottest baby names 2017 come from around the world, perhaps because people are more likely to look up unfamiliar names. The 2017 hot list includes the Russian Tatjana and Natasha, the Persian Alizeh, the French Lucien and Marcel, and the Hawaiian Koa, among others.

Pop culture continues to exert an outsized influence, with names making the hot list thanks to animated heroine Moana, Younger star Sutton Foster, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynold‘s infant daughter Ines, the late rocker David Bowie, and even television sleuth Sherlock.

Are all these names destined for popularity? We’re not saying there are going to be thousands of little Rosamunds and Ragnars running around, but if you choose one of these still-unusual names, you might find that it’s not so unusual by the time your child is in middle school.

Here are Nameberry’s 50+ hottest baby names 2017.

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