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.
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
2017 Top Ten Names for Boys
*New in 2017
There are more than twice as many new names on the boys’ Top 100. They are:
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.
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.
Here are the Top 100 Names for Girls in 2017:
And here are 2017’s Top 100 Names for Boys:
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on 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
on 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.
on 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.
on 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?
on 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.
on 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.
on 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.
on 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.
on 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.
on November 29th, 2017 at 2:11 pm
Who the hell is still naming their kids Matthew or Charles? So boring.
on 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.
on 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.
on 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 — https://nameberry.com/popular_names — there are links to the full US and international name popular lists along with the Top 1000 on Nameberry.
on 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.
on 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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