Most Popular Baby Names 2017

Hot new number 1 for boys!

most popular baby names 2017

In a stunning upset, the ancient boys’ name Atticus has jumped to the top of Nameberry’s baby name popularity list for 2017.

Atticus is the Number 1 name for boys among the Most Popular Baby Names of 2017, with Olivia the top girls’ name for the second year in a row.

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.

2017 Top Ten Names for Girls

  1. Olivia
  2. Cora*
  3. Amelia
  4. Charlotte
  5. Isla
  6. Isabella
  7. Maia*
  8. Aurora
  9. Amara*
  10. Ava

2017 Top Ten Names for Boys

  1. Atticus
  2. Asher
  3. Jack
  4. Theodore*
  5. Jasper*
  6. Milo
  7. Oliver
  8. Silas
  9. Henry*
  10. Wyatt

*New in 2017

On Nameberry’s Top 100, new entrants besides Maia on the girls’ side are Rumi, the name of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby daughter, along with Brielle, Allegro, Celeste, Elena, and Alexandra.

There are more than twice as many new names on the boys’ Top 100. They are:

The girls’ names vaulting the most places up the list in 2017 are Evelyn, Amara, Naomi, Ada, and Phoebe, all up more than 20 places.

For boys, names that rose 20 or more places are Leo, Harvey, Kai, Liam, Arthur, Cassius, George, Finn, Ryker, Louis, Harry, and Jude.

Names with ties to mythology, ancient cultures, and classic literature, influences that topped our baby name trend predictions for 2017, have proven to be most popular this year.

Atticus qualifies on two counts. It’s the name of a Roman literary figure as well as the first name of the hero of Harper Lee’s beloved novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

Number 2 girls’ name Cora has mythological roots — it’s another name for Persephone, goddess of fertility and the underworld — and is also the first name of the heroine of the classic American novel Last of the Mohicans. Maia is the Greek mother of Hermes and the Roman goddess of spring. Rumi is the name of an ancient Muslim (male) poet and Phoebe is another name for the goddess of the moon and also figures in the New Testament, Shakespeare, and Catcher in the Rye.

On the boys’ side, Silas relates to the Roman god of trees, Augustus is the name of a Roman Emperor, and Magnus is a royal appellation meaning “greatest.” Caspian is a name from The Chronicles of Narnia and Dante was a medieval poet.

Other mythological and literary names on the rise include Ophelia, Freya, and Esme for girls; Cassius, Axel, and Felix for boys.

Here are the Top 100 Names for Girls in 2017:

  1. Olivia
  2. Cora
  3. Amelia
  4. Charlotte
  5. Isla
  6. Isabella
  7. Maia
  8. Aurora
  9. Amara
  10. Ava
  11. Rumi
  12. Penelope
  13. Evelyn
  14. Ophelia
  15. Rose
  16. Eleanor
  17. Violet
  18. Luna
  19. Arabella
  20. Hazel
  21. Imogen
  22. Esme
  23. Maeve
  24. Elizabeth
  25. Alice
  26. Audrey
  27. Adeline
  28. Genevieve
  29. Aurelia
  30. Thea
  31. Khaleesi
  32. Lucy
  33. Ivy
  34. Jane
  35. Emma
  36. Mia
  37. Eloise
  38. Claire
  39. Emilia
  40. Nora
  41. Iris
  42. Lydia
  43. Anna
  44. Astrid
  45. Lila
  46. Julia
  47. Sadie
  48. Elise
  49. Stella
  50. Isabel
  51. Scarlett
  52. Ada
  53. Evangeline
  54. Caroline
  55. Eliza
  56. Adelaide
  57. Matilda
  58. Aria
  59. Naomi
  60. Clara
  61. Phoebe
  62. Chloe
  63. Elodie
  64. Josephine
  65. Brielle
  66. Sienna
  67. Beatrice
  68. Molly
  69. Ella
  70. Mae
  71. Mila
  72. Allegro
  73. Hannah
  74. Celeste
  75. Seraphina
  76. Zoe
  77. Freya
  78. Sophia
  79. Maisie
  80. Gemma
  81. Willow
  82. Poppy
  83. Grace
  84. Margaret
  85. Madeline
  86. Emily
  87. Elena
  88. Daisy
  89. Maya
  90. Elsie
  91. Juliet
  92. Willa
  93. Ellie
  94. Jade
  95. Eliana
  96. Rebecca
  97. Zara
  98. Alexandra
  99. Evie
  100. Abigail

And here are 2017’s Top 100 Names for Boys:

  1. Atticus
  2. Asher
  3. Jack
  4. Theodore
  5. Jasper
  6. Milo
  7. Oliver
  8. Silas
  9. Henry
  10. Wyatt
  11. Leo
  12. Oscar
  13. Declan
  14. Xavier
  15. Felix
  16. Levi
  17. Finn
  18. Matthew
  19. Thomas
  20. Axel
  21. Sebastian
  22. Arthur
  23. Bodhi
  24. Alexander
  25. Kai
  26. Ethan
  27. Julian
  28. Benjamin
  29. William
  30. Caleb
  31. Zachary
  32. Aryan
  33. Liam
  34. Miles
  35. Elijah
  36. James
  37. Callum
  38. John
  39. Soren
  40. Charles
  41. Tobias
  42. Harvey
  43. Andrew
  44. Roman
  45. Eli
  46. Harry
  47. Harrison
  48. Ronan
  49. Ryker
  50. Ezra
  51. Nathaniel
  52. Cassius
  53. Jacob
  54. Jude
  55. Charlie
  56. Dante
  57. Isaac
  58. George
  59. Archer
  60. Samuel
  61. Lachlan
  62. Hugo
  63. Luke
  64. Magnus
  65. Isaiah
  66. Rhett
  67. Daniel
  68. Jonathan
  69. Gideon
  70. Lucas
  71. Graham
  72. Owen
  73. Wesley
  74. Louis
  75. Maverick
  76. Josiah
  77. Lucian
  78. Joseph
  79. Lewis
  80. Augustus
  81. Simon
  82. Gabriel
  83. Everett
  84. Kian
  85. Vincent
  86. Xander
  87. Kane
  88. Nolan
  89. Griffin
  90. David
  91. Emmett
  92. Ian
  93. Adam
  94. Caspian
  95. Nathan
  96. Winston
  97. Beckett
  98. Nicholas
  99. Edward
  100. Knox

The 1000 Most Popular Baby Names 2017 for both genders is here.

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Wittyusername103 Says:

November 28th, 2017 at 3:43 am

Dear news outlets ,

This list is only among nameberry users. National data is the only way to figure out name popularity in your country.

I had to say that as it ALWAYS happens

mill1020 Says:

November 28th, 2017 at 2:26 pm

Wow, Atticus? I remember when I first started hearing of new parents using it, about 10-13 years ago, in the Seattle area. And I am also surprised to see Adam and Zachary.

I’m a little apprehensive to see the attention Rose is getting, though it’s pretty doubtful that I’ll get to use it. Suggested it to my brother for his 7 m.o daughter, but they ended up choosing Charlotte.

Pam Says:

November 28th, 2017 at 2:35 pm

@Wittyusername103 Notice the full paragraph explanation! The value for parents naming a baby is that the national list measures 2016 and this list gives an on-the-ground update on what names parents are considering NOW. By the time the official 2017 and 2018 lists come out, names like Atticus and Amara will almost certainly have moved up significantly.

thesilenceinbetween Says:

November 28th, 2017 at 4:02 pm

Who the heck is actually naming their sons Aryan?!? And how do I keep these people far, far away from me?

tfzolghadr Says:

November 28th, 2017 at 4:47 pm

@thesilenceinbetween Aryan is a Persian name, and I believe it is also a Hindi name. My nephew bears this name, although he lives in Iran and I would consider it to be much more controversial in the US.

I also think this list is interesting as it lets you see the names that people are curious about or talking about— not just the ones they end up using. So while a name like Atticus may not be the final name chosen that often, a lot of people probably considered it.

tfzolghadr Says:

November 28th, 2017 at 4:49 pm

And I’m happy to see Caspian in the top 100 here. I don’t want it to become too popular, but it would be nice if it became a bit more familiar.

Pam Says:

November 28th, 2017 at 4:56 pm

Yes @thesilenceinbetween and @tfzolghadr Aryan is an Indo-Iranian name, given to 345 baby boys in the US in 2016. My son has a friend named Aryan whose parents are Afghani (and whose mom served in the US military). Among those using the name not for its Middle Eastern or Indian origins, I would guess (and hope) most are using it because they like its sound and see it as a male counterpart to the stylish Arya or Arianna and NOT because of its White Power connection.

ottertails Says:

November 29th, 2017 at 2:06 am

@Wittyusername103 News articles don’t care as long as it gives them views and many parents probably won’t read the paragraph explaining, but instead scroll down and read the list.

The value of this list is to see what people, in general, are searching. It’s definitely not just parents or only those from the US using the website (quite a few names have more of a UK/AU/NZ touch). For example, Khaleesi ranked #765 in 2016 (and #629 with namenerd’s rank by spelling), but the fact it was in Nameberry’s top 100 that year just showed how many people were talking about it.

Kate4hisglory Says:

November 29th, 2017 at 3:37 am

I see a lot of pop culture/celebrity inspired names on here, though, though, I’m hoping that they are more inspired by literature and mythology. I’m hopeful that people are reading actual books, and not just celebrity rag mags.

caetano Says:

November 29th, 2017 at 2:11 pm

Who the hell is still naming their kids Matthew or Charles? So boring.

tfzolghadr Says:

November 30th, 2017 at 5:12 am

@Pam Among Iranians, I believe many of them use the name as they are the Aryans. Hitler stole the term, much like he did with the swastika. So it’s not White Power, but it is still to do with the term “Aryan” with its original meaning.

yellowlark Says:

November 30th, 2017 at 3:41 pm

I agree with both @Wittyusername103 and @Pam about the possibly future popularity of the names on this list. It is not indicative of what people are naming their children but it does give some idea of where we are going. Clearly this is a collection of data from people who know about Nameberry and are likely to search for names here and not data from the general population so it is never going to be perfect. But it does give an idea of what the Nameberry crowd are naming their kids and isn’t that what’s really important (wink!). Some names need to be taken with a grain of salt though. For example, Amara may have been searched for more because she was a character on the TV show Supernatural and Rumi was obviously searched for by people trying to find info about Beyonce’s babyname and so those names’ high places on this list may not correlate with a rash of Amaras and Rumis in 2017. Also Imogen is consistently high on this list and has yet to break into the Top 1000 (!!!), maybe 2017 is her year.

Pam Says:

November 30th, 2017 at 3:49 pm

Yes, absolutely, good points @yellowlark. And not only is Nameberry’s audience more intelligent, stylish, cool, sophisticated, and of course good looking than the general population (double wink), but it’s important to note that they come from all over the world: about 55% US, 10% UK, 10% Canada, 5% Australia, and the rest every country on the globe, from Germany to Nigeria to China and the Philippines. On our Popular Names page — — there are links to the full US and international name popular lists along with the Top 1000 on Nameberry.

Bobcat108 Says:

December 3rd, 2017 at 12:59 am

After just a quick look at the girls’ names, it’s interesting (at least to me) that there’s only one name that begins w/K (& technically it’s not a name but a title). That’s quite a change from 20 years ago.

LivandRyesMom Says:

April 8th, 2018 at 10:31 pm

I intentionally chose names that were not in the top 1000 at the time (Liv 2008) and (Rye 2015). Their names are rising up now (especially Liv), but I have yet to meet another of each name in person. In a sea full of Mason, Jacks, Penelopes and Madisons—I can appreciate a unique, yet not too crazy name.

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