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Most Popular Baby Names 2017

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:

  1. Adam

  2. Augustus

  3. Caspian

  4. Charlie

  5. Dante

  6. Edward

  7. Emmett

  8. Everett

  9. Ian

  10. Jonathan

  11. Kane

  12. Kian

  13. Magnus

  14. Maverick

  15. Rhett

  16. Winston

  17. Xander

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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About the Author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.