Before we dive in, have you seen our top names of 2017? These are the names that have been the most looked-at this year. A few highlights: Atticus rose to the top spot for boys, and Olivia held the girls’ title for a second year. New to the top 10 are Cora, Maia, Amara, Theodore, Jasper and Henry. Did you help to send any of them up the charts?
Case in point: There’s a new official list of popular Italian baby names for 2016, and Sofia is the number one girls’ name for the seventh year running. On the boys’ side, Francesco is top for a whopping 16th year. Look further down the list and you’ll find some more international favorites, like Emma and Luca, but also a lot that aren’t widely used outside Italy, like Ginevra and Jacopo.
Sophia is the name of a talking robot created by Hanson Robotics. It’s a good choice of name for international appeal, and I doubt that the link between the name’s meaning (wisdom) and artificial intelligence is a coincidence.
Recently robot Sophia has been talking about having a baby. Her name of choice? Sophia. Either she has a sophisticated feminist Gilmore Girls-style mindset, or she doesn’t have much imagination when it comes to naming. Incidentally, Sophia’s robot siblings include Alice, Han, Jules and Zeno.
Off-the-grid occupational names
Are you looking for occupational names that no one else will have? Julia Stiles just nailed it with her son’s name, Strummer. Calling to mind The Clash frontman Joe Strummer, it’s edgy and rare, but fits in well with the trend for -er surnames. File this one with Boomer and Jagger.
If this is your style, you might like these names with rock-and-roll attitude, or this list of offbeat occupational names. Or how about some that weren’t used at all in 2016, like Rancher, Fifer, Falconer and Drummer. In short, if you think all the good surname names have been taken, think again.
Now it’s been brought back to public attention (in the UK at least) by sometime reality star Ferne McCann, who has just named her daughter Sunday. Interestingly, the inspiration came not directly from the day of the week, but from a makeup brand called Sunday Riley. Somehow, hearing it in a combination like that does make it seem much more like a usable name.
Moving from days to months, the new Nameberry chart shows that August names aren’t going anywhere. Augustus entered the top 100, and August isn’t too far behind at #163. The new film adaptation of Wonder, with lovable August as the main character, should keep these names fresh in parents’ minds.
Naughty and nice names
Is your name on Santa’s list? The reward chart site School Stickers have released their annual naughty and nice list of the children who have got the most – and least – stickers for good behavior this year. It’s a British company, so you’ll find UK favorites like Mollie and Alfie on the list. If your name is Freya or Ryan you’re probably in Santa’s good books, but if it’s Faye or Noah then you might have a lump of coal heading your way…so be good, for goodness’ sake!
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