Most Popular Baby Names of 2017
The biggest news in this year’s most popular baby names in the US is that there’s a new boys’ name at the top of the list. Liam, the Irish short form of William, long used on its own, moves from second place to first.
For girls, Emma is Number 1 for the fourth time, while newcomers to the girl Top 10 list are Amelia and Evelyn. Oliver and Logan are the new boys in the Top 10, Oliver entering at Number 9 and Logan making a remarkable leap from 18 to 5. Evelyn broke back into the Top 10 for the first time since 1915!
Other big climbers in the Boy Top 50 are Wyatt, up 8 places, Mateo, up 17 and Lincoln up 9. Bella squeezed onto the Top 50, after being #78 in 2016. Other rising girls: Luna, thanks to diehard Harry Potter fans, rose 40 places to reach #37, Bella entered the Top 50 after being 78 last year, and Mila, Nora and Hazel also made substantial gains.
The Top 10 baby names for 2017 in the US, with comparisons to their standings in 2016, are:
The Top 10 prettified for Pinterest fans:
Here are the baby names that rose the most in percentage terms:
girls’ fastest rising
Westlynn: Up 660%
Westlyn: Up 350%
Zhamira: Up 333.33%
Yuleimy: Up 315.4%
Arlowe: Up 300%
Enzley: Up 300%
Wynonna: Up 300%
Mazikeen: Up 285.7%
Brezlyn: Up 280%
Kaari: Up 280%
Whisper: Up 280%
boys’ fastest rising
Oseias: Up 1080%
Maui: Up 720%
Cassian: Up 573.7%
Ashad: Up 457.1%
Dak: Up 450%
Rhyatt: Up 385.7%
Hendrixx: Up 360%
Miliano: Up 340%
Jaxtyn: Up 330.2%
Joriel: Up 320%
Other fast-rising names of note include Chosen, Rosamund, Honest and Zoa for girls; and Giannis, Bright, Ivar and Zurich for boys.
Here are our Top 12 Takeaways from this new release for expectant parents and name mavens:
1. Michael fell from the Top 10 boys’ names for the first time in 75 years. This longtime Number 1 name for boys first entered the Top 10 in 1943.
2. Boys’ names are getting more fashionable, with more volatility up and down the list and more new name entries, relative to girls’ names. In sheer numbers, there were 49 more boys’ names on the extended list of baby names in use than there were last year, and 448 fewer girls’ names.
3. Melania is the fifth hottest girls’ name, up to Number 720, and Ivanka is up 48%, ranking just outside the Top 1000. Other Trump-influenced names rising: Mattis, surname of secretary of defense James Mattis, up 77%, along with Theodore, the name of Ivanka and Jared’s youngest son.
4. L is the hottest first letter for boys’ names, with the ascendance of Liam to Number 1, Logan into the Top 10, and Lincoln, Legend, Leo and Leon rising fast.
5. For girls, names ending in la or the la sound are superhot, with Ella, Isla, Mila, Layla, Bella, Isabella, Camila, and Delilah all rising sharply.
6. Names that start with the K sound, via the first initial K or C, are up dramatically, especially for boys. Among the top ten fastest-rising boys’ names are Kairo, Kace, Kashton, and Koa. Boy’s names starting with the Cas sound – Cassian, Casper, Caspian, all up sharply.
7. The names of all the One Direction members rose, with Zayn the hottest, rising 33%, followed by Niall, Liam, Louis, and Harry.
8. The hottest Kardashian baby name in 2017 was Dream, the name of Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna’s little girl, the third fastest-rising girls’ name moving into the Top 1000.
9. Space names for girls are heading for the stars. Luna is the biggest riser in the Top 100, increasing 46%. Nova up 33% to enter the Top 100, Lyra up 33% to Number 728, Aurora is up 15%, Celeste up 13%, and Star up 27%. Further down the list, but skyrocketing, are Moon (up 214%) and Solstice (up 140%).
10. In percentage terms, the biggest risers were the newly-invented Westlynn and Westlyn for girls, up 660% and 350%. For boys, it’s Oseias, a spin on the ancient Greek Osias, up more than 1000%, and place-name Maui, up 720%.
11. Parents seem to be just getting warmed up in inventing new names. Ensley is the fastest-rising girls’ name and Enzley one of the biggest percentage risers. Other fast risers that are invented names or creative adaptations include Brezlyn, Kaari, Whisper, and Mazikeen for girls, and for boys, Dak, Rhyatt, Miliano, Jaxtyn, and Joriel.
12. Craziest hot new spelling: Jru, pronounced like Drew, given to nearly 100 babies and doubling in use for both genders.
10,551 baby girls were named Abigail in the U.S. in 2017.
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on May 11th, 2018 at 9:42 am
Well I didn’t guess the top spots right, but for both lists I did successfully guess who woukd be dropping out of the top 10! I really had a strong feeking Amelia and Evelyn would be in the top 10 and I’m not disappointed.
on May 11th, 2018 at 11:23 am
Wow I did not see that impressive about-face with Logan coming! Congrats to anyone who did call that one!
on May 11th, 2018 at 12:08 pm
I’m surprised that Emma is still #1. The only thing that I got right was that Emily dropped and Logan jumped.
on May 11th, 2018 at 12:31 pm
Logan surprised me. Is there a pop culture reference I’m missing that bumped it?
on May 11th, 2018 at 12:51 pm
@wandsworth, The movie Logan, featuring Hugh Jackman’s last performance as Wolverine, came out last spring. I’m guessing that at least contributed to the jump.
on May 11th, 2018 at 5:59 pm
@beynotce, ah! Thanks!
It’s great to see 20 lovely names in the US top 10s.
on May 11th, 2018 at 6:25 pm
Haha, I’m guessing the rise of Dak is thanks to a bunch of Dallas Cowboys fans.
What a jump for Logan!
on May 11th, 2018 at 6:41 pm
I was really surprised not to see Aiden in the top 10 for boys, but I think it’s because there are so many alternate spellings.
on May 12th, 2018 at 7:14 am
I’ve never met a little Elijah in Canada so am always surprised how popular it is in the US. Don’t think it’s remotely as popular here. Funny how the Canadian top 10 is pretty different, with only ~50% cross over. These are all nice, classic names. Only one on both lists that I really dislike is Mason, which I find too trendy.
on May 12th, 2018 at 10:09 am
I imagine Mazikeen is due to the character in the TV show Lucifer, although she usually goes by Maze. It’s actually a word taken from Jewish mythology and refers to demons.
on May 12th, 2018 at 2:31 pm
It’s incredible that a name like Liam – which didn’t enter the Top 1000 until the 70s – is the most popular name now. It shows how fashion is so much more important than tradition now.
on May 12th, 2018 at 7:05 pm
Are we going to see a post about the winner of the contest? How you figured out who’s list was closest to reality?
I’ve seen Elijah’s in Canada, it’s pretty popular among black people.
on May 12th, 2018 at 8:08 pm
Waiting for the playground analysis!
on May 12th, 2018 at 8:12 pm
@thorn144 It’s coming on Tuesday–and a lot of other analysis too!
on May 12th, 2018 at 8:15 pm
@Sinclaiiir We’re working on it and will give an explanation of how we decided who came closest.
on May 13th, 2018 at 11:44 am
I wonder if Rosamund’s jump in popularity was partly due to Mary from Sherlock? I don’t know if the show has that much influence in the U.S. but it seems possible. It’s nice to see so many beautiful names moving up!
on May 14th, 2018 at 3:43 pm
Magnolia jumped from 508 in 2016 to 384 in 2017! That’s 124 spots!
on May 15th, 2018 at 12:38 am
I notice that if you add up alternate spellings, then Jackson and Sophia become far and away the most popular names for boys and girls, respectively, by several thousand. I think most people would consider Sophia and Sofia to be the same name. Considering them separately makes these lists misleading.
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