Names of the Year? Your Turn to Pick!
OK, you’ve seen our picks for 2016’s names of the year--based on their impact on both popular culture and baby names. Now it’s your turn to tell us what name or names YOU would add to this list. And, of course, the reasons behind the choice.
Bonus question: What names do you see getting hotter in 2017 and making it onto next year’s list?
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on December 9th, 2016 at 12:20 am
on December 9th, 2016 at 3:05 am
You guys made a great list!
Some names that really stuck out to me this past 2016 are:
Gigi: Gigi Hadid was all over this year in particular.
Persephone: It’s like the new Penelope.
Cookie: Taraji P. Henson’s character in Empire was all the talk!
Rose: From Ruby Rose to Amber Rose…the roses just don’t stop growing.
Solange: Sister of Beyonce, was super outspoken this year on African American equality.
Corden: Talk show host James Corden really made headlines with his incredible car karaoke rides.
Credence: To me, that name in “Fantastic Beasts” was a real end of year show finale. Nameberry featured it in a list somewhere too.
Bolt: Usain Bolt, the incredible Olympic Gold Medalist runner.
Cage: “Luke Cage” was Netflix’s most watched tv show this year.
Obama: We will miss him.
on December 9th, 2016 at 6:42 am
Some names that feel really 2016 to me that I could see rising in 2017:
– Lorelai: Given the Gilmore Girls hype this year and our long awaited return to Stars Hollow I think we’ll see spike here.
– Rory: (See above)
– Margot: Margot Robbie has gone from Neighbours fame to Hollywoods Golden Girl and has been all over our screens recently.
– Cordelia: Sarah Paulson has also been on our screens with AHS – her character in Covern (although technically 2013) has a very ‘on-trend name.
– Nancy: Stranger Things
– Dustin: Stranger Things
– Saint: I see lots of people wanting to following the Kardashian influence with these.
– Dream: (see above)
on December 9th, 2016 at 7:33 am
Not necessarily any concrete pop culture references, but these are the names I’ve seen people continuously gravitate to all year:
Charlie (for either gender)
on December 9th, 2016 at 8:10 am
This last year James has been used more and more for girls names and encapsulates the trend of “boy names on girls” that has been prevalent in 2016.
on December 9th, 2016 at 9:03 am
These names are maybe more under the radar. I can imagine them being increasingly used in 2017, but not become anywhere near popular or maybe even common:
Theodosia: A longer, frillier alternative to Thea and Theodora. Influenced by the musical Hamilton, which has a sweet song called “Dear Theodosia”.
Dove: I watched Hairspray Live! yesterday, and the girl who played Amber Von Tussle goes by the name Dove Cameron (though she’s actually born Chloe Celeste Hosterman, I wonder what the story is!). Anyways, she’s young and pretty (and apparently a Disney star) and her nature/word name is on trend.
Lulu: in the new musical Waitress (spoiler alert –>), there’s an adorable five year old girl named Lulu, the daughter of the main character. The association to the character is as sweet as can be, and the vintage nicknamey-name is on trend!
I realize all of these names are musical related… Oh well 🙂
on December 9th, 2016 at 9:10 am
Tove – Singer Tove Lo had more then a few hits this year. Tove, pronounced either To- Vah or has she pronounces it TO-ve. Is a unique, Scandinavian name with an equally interesting meaning. (Thor’s Beauty, or Thor’s Grace. Though Nameberry has it listed as simply “beautiful”). It’s sure to hit with parents looking for an off beat name with character.
Millie- Millie Bobby Brown was one of the breakout stars this year as Eleven on Stranger things. I think Eleven might also take off. But Millie is an old fashion charmer, not bogged down by the mildewy Mildred. Millie feels fresh, and the name I think like the actress is just about to break big.
Russell – Russell Wilson the Quarter Back for the Seahawks. Married singer Ciara this year, and they are expecting their first child together (Wilson is already an enthusiastic step dad to Ciara’s son Future). Russell with it’s laid back, rustic charm was a winner of name this year.
Wilson- Already mentioned Russell, but I think his sir name Wilson also deserves a shout out. Wade Wilson (Deadpool) was also a stand out character of this year. Wilson also follows in the trend of last names as first names.
on December 9th, 2016 at 9:13 am
Hamilton – For the same reasons that Lin-Manuel might rise up! Also this as the added appeal of historical significance and a cool surname feel.
Queenie – The mind-reading beauty from the Fantastic Beasts movie is likely to help revive an otherwise dated name.
Jacqueline – The new biopic about Jackie O. featuring Natalie Portman might bring some renewed interest in the name.
Leonard – Not a favorite of mine, but I wonder if we’ll see the same spike in honorary naming (a la Bowie) since the passing of Leonard Cohen.
Ophelia – The Lumineers released a song by the same name this year (or at least, it hit popular radio this year) and could inspire a few more mainstream baby namers to adopt the literary choice.
I also agree with others who mentioned certain Gilmore Girls names (Rory, Lorelai), and I’d add Sookie to that list as well.
on December 9th, 2016 at 10:47 am
Rio for either sex
on December 9th, 2016 at 10:53 am
Amity- after the recent election in America, we all need to learn how to get along peacefully. I think Amity is something everyone craves & so the name might rise.
Bear, Cub- The Chicago Cubs won the World Series and devoted fans might channel their passion
Angelica & Eliza- after the characters in Hamilton,
I agree with BrennaNotBrenda with Ophelia and Queenie.
More Fantastic Beasts suggestions-
– Newt (for the quirkier namers!)
– Eddie (Eddie Redmayne)
Those are my suggestions!
on December 9th, 2016 at 12:20 pm
Names that I have been hearing or seeing more of lately:
on December 9th, 2016 at 12:32 pm
Greer!!! such a beautiful name
on December 9th, 2016 at 12:48 pm
Louisa- more parents are searching for underused classics that sound similar to top ten favourites like Sophia and Olivia! As a bonus, a possible nickname could be the popular Lucy.
Josephine- a sophisticated classic, I think Josephine could be boosted in popularity from the recent birth of Olivia Wilde’s daughter, Daisy Josephine.
Daisy- with the popularity of botanical names such as Ivy, Violet, and Lily, parents may want to use an alternate botanical name like Daisy (and again, the birth of Daisy Josephine may push the name to fame).
Ophelia- as an alternative to the popular Olivia, and for the Shakespeare fans.
Amelia- I believe Amelia will reach the US top ten because of its similarities to names like Sophia, Olivia, Emily, and Isabella.
Isla- a sound sounding name similar to Ella, I seem to see this name admired often on Nameberry.
Evangeline- the popularity of Ev- sounding names, and thanks to the Lost star, Evangeline Lilly.
on December 9th, 2016 at 12:58 pm
on December 9th, 2016 at 1:48 pm
Kylo. Not that I actually like this name — I don’t — but because I’ve already heard a couple of boys wearing it.
on December 9th, 2016 at 3:17 pm
A name that peeked it’s head seemingly out of nowhere in 2016 and I could see on the rise in 2017 is Elowen. It’s shaping up to be the next Eleanor or Elodie.
With the resurgence of Gilmore Girls there has definitely been a revival of Lorelai, the variant spelling of Lorelei. Be ready to see little Rory’s all over the playground!
Fox has seemed to have a boost in popularity. The return of X Files has reminded us all what a dashing name this is.
on December 9th, 2016 at 4:06 pm
The names that I think are going to hot in 2017 are names that are way out there and are after movie characters:
This is just to name a few!
on December 9th, 2016 at 4:42 pm
Aria (game of thrones)
Moana (disney film)
Cohen (Leonard cohen)
Hank (Via finding dory)
Benedict (Dr. Strange)
on December 9th, 2016 at 7:22 pm
on December 9th, 2016 at 7:46 pm
I completely agree with brittanyanitarose on Elowen. I can see various spellings, and very popular nicknames, like Wen/Wyn/Winnie and of course Elle/Ella/Ellie.
on December 9th, 2016 at 8:20 pm
I second Revlon’s suggestion of James (for a girl). It’s popped up in the middle spot on many a celebrity baby name announcement now and is on it’s way to becoming the middle name du jour for girls. I think we’ll see it more and more in 2017. Will it be the new Grace or Rose? Maybe!
on December 10th, 2016 at 3:36 am
Wow, totally amazing responses. Keep them coming !!
on December 10th, 2016 at 10:44 am
There are so many to choose from, but 8 that have kept on popping up are:
on December 10th, 2016 at 11:58 am
I’m live in the UK 75% of the year, and the names that seem like they are on 50% (slight exaggeration) of the babies are Isla and Theo. Half of the Theo’s are Theodores and half are just Theo. Eloise and Louise are also pretty common along with Archie.
I feel like the trend in the UK is to either go for homestyle/old fashioned nicknames or more exotic names from France and Italy (or Nordic, Gaelic)
So for 2016:
Prediction for 2017:
on December 10th, 2016 at 10:52 pm
Lorelei/Lorelai – Gilmore girls revival
Cordelia – definitely a growing name
Liam – I see this name everywhere
Rose – very common. Also used by many celebrities such as Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo
James – both genders
Daisy – another celeb name. May grow in use next year
Rey – Star Wars
Ophelia – popular song
on December 11th, 2016 at 12:06 am
I hope Lorelai/Rory doesn’t take off. I love both, and when I have kids 10+ years from now, I don’t want them to be the kid that has the uber popular name from the last generation. It makes it seem dated.
on December 11th, 2016 at 5:56 am
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on December 11th, 2016 at 8:15 pm
Names I saw everywhere this year are:
RIVER! See this name everywhere.
Elliot! This name is also just everywhere.
El- names (Ellie, Eleanor, etc). So prevalent.
on December 11th, 2016 at 10:22 pm
For the girls
Ada- new alternative for Ava
For the boys
River- Jamie and Jools Oliver youngest child
Alec- new alternative for Alex
Names I hope to see higher up
on December 13th, 2016 at 12:07 am
For girls, Lorelei, Estella, and Margot. For boys, Jericho–wouldn’t be surprised if that’s eventually used for girls, though.
on December 13th, 2016 at 3:35 am
Nancy–I hope not becaude Ihave aways loved this name but Stranger Things
Lorelai, Rory, Luke, Jess, Logan, Paris-Gilmore Girls
Safiya-buzzfeed, I just hear a lot of people like her name and could influence more non-European international names becoming more popular
Fox- I hope not but I think it will
Lula, Lola, Luna, etc. Or El names.–l seems to be a popular sound for girls
O names for boys such as Leo, Theo, Hugo, etc.
“Old man/lady” names are a trend I’ve noticed, such as Estate, Ruby, Eloise, Archie, Fred, etc.
Traditionally male names as female, such as James, Fred(die), Drew, etc.
on December 13th, 2016 at 3:43 am
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on December 14th, 2016 at 3:50 am
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on December 15th, 2016 at 8:05 am
Lulu, as said before
on December 15th, 2016 at 4:28 pm
Amara, Tatiana, Adrianna, Naomi, GiGi, Vivica, Nora, Everly
Hudson, Luke, Barron, Dean, Brad(He’s Free this year from the Crazy lady)
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