Category: Trends and Predictions

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

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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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Best Cool Unusual Girls’ Names Of 2017

Most parents want neither a name that’s too common or one that’s so unusual that nobody knows how to spell or pronounce it. Rather, most parents want a name that strikes a perfect balance between these extremes: A name that’s both cool and unusual. Here’s a collection of our picks for the 25 best cool unusual names for girls right now.

Naming a son instead? (Or also!) Check out our list of the Best Cool Unusual Boys’ Names of 2017.

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Best Cool Unusual Boys’ Names Of 2017

Nobody wants to pick a baby name that’s too trendy and common. A name that four other kids in your little one’s pre-K will also have, that will consign them to a lifetime of referring to themselves as “Will S.” or “Anna B.”

But there’s also a risk to going too far in the other direction. You might end up picking a name that’s so out there that nobody knows how to spell or pronounce it. Or, worse, a name that attracts ridicule from other children.

What most people want, then, is a name that strikes the perfect balance between these poles: A cool, unusual name. It can be a tricky needle to thread. But you’re not in it alone. Here are the 25 cool, unusual boys’ names that we think are the best for right now.

Naming a daughter instead? (Or also!) Check out our list of the Best Cool Unusual Girls’ Names of 2017.

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Hottest Baby Names of 2017

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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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