The 100 Best Baby Names for 2017

From Alden to Zinnia, the names that should be on every parents' short list today

best baby names 2017

The very best baby names of 2017 are an eclectic bunch, incorporating classic names and modern names, unusual baby names along with the stylish and popular baby names 2017. If the 2017 parent were limited to only 100 possible baby names, these strike that perfect balance of being supremely stylish but not trendy, distinctive yet not weird, creative yet down-to-earth.

These elite 100 best baby names are emblematic of our times while also being timeless and forward-facing. The names here are perfect for a 2017 baby yet will serve him or her well into the turn of the next century (now there’s an amazing thought).

Of course, there are hundreds of other baby names that potentially fit these criteria. But if we are limited to only 100 baby names for 2017, these are our picks for the very best of the best, and why.

Alden: May unseat the popular Aiden, thanks to actor Ehrenreich, the new young Han in Star Wars

Amity: Friendly update for Hope and Faith

AmosA Biblical boys’ name that could follow the newly successful Abel

AramintaBritish classic baby name fresher than Arabella

ArcadiaHeavenly name for the optimistic

ArcherFresher than Hunter, cooler than Arthur

ArrowSet to shoot upwards on the name popularity list

AshCool short form of Ashton or Asher, or full name on its own

AstridScandi import with lots of style

AudenPoetic surname chosen by Kelsey Grammer for baby #7

AvivaVivacious palindromic girls’ name

BaxterCould Bax be the new Max?

BeaBeatrice or Beatrix short form that stands alone

BennoAncient saint’s name makes Ben special

BirdieNature name taking flight

BookerAfrican-American hero name with literary and musical associations

Bowie: The late idol inspiring baby namers

Briar: New unisex nature name in the Top 1000

Calliope: Love child of Cadence and Penelope

Cassius: Ancient Roman name that couldn’t be cooler

Celeste: Ladylike name with heavenly associations

Clara: Clearly the most stylish Claire-related name today

Clark: Old-time heartthrob and superhero returns

Corin: The Bard gave us this distinctive yet straightforward boys’ name

Cressida: Posh British possibility with a Shakespearean pedigree

Cyrus: Celeb choice with historic Eastern roots

Daisy: Perennially-fresh and charming flower name

Dashiell: Literary name with lots of dash

Delphine: Chic French twist on floral name

Dylan: Rebel Nobel poet name turned modern classic name for girls or boys

Echo: Three trends — mythological, o-ending word name — in one modern name

Eliza: Classic revival baby name keeps gathering steam

Ember: Emma meets Amber

Emilia: Khaleesi gone classic

Esme: Salinger name that means beloved

Esther: Biblical heroine name weds ancient and feminist appeal

Felicity: Rogue One star Felicity Jones adds strength to this frilly name

Felix: Ancient saint turned cartoon cat turned happy modern baby name

Fiona: Romantic Scottish favorite baby name moving on from Shrek

Forrest: Nature name with buttoned-down appeal

Frank: Frank Ocean updates this name from the Sinatra era

Frankie: Boyish nickname hot for girls

Geneva: Swiss place name destination

Gideon: Biblical boy name on the rise

Goldie: One nickname name that’s both rich and fun

Greer: Tailored Hollywood name, fresher than Harlow or Ava

Gus: Friendly, informal Gus is the new Max

Indigo: Bright blue unisex choice

Ines/Inez: Spanish-inflected variation of Agnes with starry new gloss

Iris: Elegant floral that’s also the name of the goddess of the rainbow

Isadora: The new Isa girl in town

Keziah: Biblical name that feels sleek and modern

Lachlan: Scottish choice finding wider favor

Lark: Bird name that sings sweetly in the middle

Lionel: Jazzy name with stylish leonine associations

Louise: This year’s nominee for how can it NOT be in the Top 1000?

Loxley: Popping on Pinterest

Loyal: Revived virtue name that works for boys

Lucian: Attractive male spin on the popular Lucy and Lucia

Lula: Retro girl name on the upswing, and Liv Tyler‘s new daughter

Lux: As simple as it is luxurious

Marguerite: Cooler than Margaret, more classic than Margo

McCoy: The real thing

Mirabelle: The new Isabelle

Monty: British favorite feels fresh here

Osiris: Name from Egyptian mythology that feels powerful today

Otis: Bluesy baby name that’s the epitome of cool

Otto: Newest old O baby name for boys

Ozzie: Adorable O nickname for Ozias, Oswald, etc; Oz works too

Pearl: The most stylish middle name of the moment

Persephone: Now that Penelope is a Top 100 hottie, Persephone is rising

Posey: Sweet update on Poppy and Rosie

Quincy: Unusual Presidential choice that works for boys and girls

Ray: Sleek, simple name right for both genders

Reeve: A successor to celebrity surname name Reese

Remy: French, simple, delicious for either sex

Reuben: Hot Biblical boy name

Roman: Celebrity favorite with noble pedigree

Rosamund: Elegant rose family member

Ruth: Rich Biblical name finding new fans

Sadie: The fastest-rising girl name on Nameberry

Sage: A unisex name marrying wisdom and nature

Sasha: Unisex name re-embraced for boys

Saskia: Dutch treat with artistic vibe

Sayer: More eloquent than Sawyer

Simone: Gold medalist times two

Snow: Fresh, winter white choice

Soleil: Sunny French name shining here

Sybil: A not-done Downton Abbey name

Sylvie: Sweet French-accented choice

Tallulah: Dramatic name favored by celebrities, but still distinctive in the real world

Thea: Newcomer to the Top 1000 that feels both classic and modern

Thor: Powerful superhero choice

Vera: Fresher than Cora or Ava

Wilder: Prepster name with an outdoorsy vibe

Winnie: Winning nickname-name finding new fans, including Jimmy Fallon

Winston: Churchill makes it a hero name, but Winston feels wearable for a child, too

Yara: Spanish favorite slowly being discovered by the wider world

Zelda: New series based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald soon to debut on Amazon

ZinniaExotic floral choice

What would you add to the list?

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Orchid_Lover Says:

January 6th, 2017 at 12:19 am

So many of my vetoed names as well as “I love it but won’t be using it” names on this list, as well as mine and my son’s names and a couple of real possibilities for the future (Amity, Indigo, Reeve, Geneva, Felicity, Esme, Clark, Lark, Ash, Aviva)

I would add:
Vienne
Diana
Verity
Rio
Denali
Jorah
Everest
Rhett

futuremama Says:

January 6th, 2017 at 12:49 am

While this article has many good name suggestions, it was very rudely presented and far too opinionated.

PepperpotDragon Says:

January 6th, 2017 at 2:36 am

I love this list! So many great names <3

Suzannah Says:

January 6th, 2017 at 8:37 am

Similar to Tallulah and Kezia is Keturah, a Biblical name that is not well-known but not too “out there”.

Orchid_Lover Says:

January 6th, 2017 at 10:11 am

@futuremama what do you find rude about the presentation?

Pam Says:

January 6th, 2017 at 11:03 am

Thank you for asking that question @Orchid_Lover. As for opinions, that’s what Nameberry is all about — but our opinions are backed up by research and expertise. And we welcome all your opinions on names too! @Suzannah — Keturah is a great one. We’ll put it on the 2018 list!

arunciblespoon Says:

January 6th, 2017 at 11:20 am

I’d add Silas to the list. Not too many favourites for me on the list, but Beatrice, Astrid, Rosamund, Gus, Indigo and Emilia stand out.

CutieCyl Says:

January 6th, 2017 at 1:06 pm

I would add Titania, Erza, and Scarlet. It’s probably just me, but I don’t mind taking the stand for the anime community. These are pretty cool names wheter or not you get the reference, but if you do it’s kind of like a nerdy inside joke that makes you smile whenever you say the name.

dancingpoet1694 Says:

January 6th, 2017 at 8:29 pm

So excited to see Esther on here! I recently realized Esther is my idea of a perfect girl’s name: strong, feminine but not frilly, with a strong meaning and badass namesake, familiar, but not common. I do worry that my partner/family would dismiss it as an “old lady name.” Hopefully it will catch on with new parents.

Pam Says:

January 6th, 2017 at 11:46 pm

@dancingpoet1694 I think Esther is one of those names whose beauty is on the brink of being rediscovered in a major way. Good spotting.

DecemberKat Says:

January 7th, 2017 at 12:39 am

I really love the meaning behind Amity, but I just can’t get the Amityville Horror out of my head…

lesliemarion Says:

January 7th, 2017 at 12:43 am

Rudely presented and far too opinionated?

Good God, this is a name website and the writers give their opinion. Heaven help us from a world filled with such “micro aggressions”!

I would add Viveca to the list.

tfzolghadr Says:

January 7th, 2017 at 10:42 am

Am I the only one that looks on these lists, holding my breath and hoping our favourites won’t be mentioned? Many names that I love but could never use were on this list. Luckily, our short list isn’t! Woo hoo!
For boys I’d add Axel, Alastair, Anders, Malcolm, Teague, Tiernan, Leif, Caspian, Edmund, Walden, Whittaker, Sullivan, Stanton, Tobias, Zachariah, Cormac, Ogden, Samson, and Cyrus.
For girls, I’d add Parisa, Elara, Alara, Etta, Acadia (I prefer it to Arcadia), Seraphina, Julia, Jessamine, Camellia, Rosalind, Cosette, Verity, Emiliana (I’m biased), Imogen, Ariadne, Artemis, Maeve, and Iris.
But my suggestions are highly unscientific. Please don’t be offended.

tfzolghadr Says:

January 7th, 2017 at 10:42 am

Junia, not Julia… Autocorrect failure…

Alwaysjane Says:

January 7th, 2017 at 2:37 pm

I’d add Edie and Penny…I’m seeing them a lot, and they have the same flavor as Sylvie.

lesliemarion Says:

January 7th, 2017 at 8:49 pm

I agree with the poster who suggested Verity. I also favor Cecily, as both Verity and Cecily feel complete unto themselves, like the adorable Barnaby. Mercy as well.

I love your inclusion of Araminta; it’s such a refreshing, minty name with great nicknames (Aminta, Minta, Minty, Mint). I also love Amabel which feels much newer than Annabel which has been over-loved.

I was thrilled to see you include Arcadia and love the feminist-inspired nickname of Cady.

There is a category of two to three syllable girls names ending in -a that sound very strong and now to me: Delia, Della, Nelia, Petra, Portia, Miranda, Natasha, Minerva, Dahlia to name some.

You also included Rosamund which I adore beyond measure. Clarimond is another pleasure as are Clarion, Clarissa, Clary, and Claret.

Finally (for the moment) I would add Azure, Loire, Mauve, Plum, and Mazarine.

lesliemarion Says:

January 7th, 2017 at 8:50 pm

And artist names Titian, Rembrandt (nn Remy), Parrish, Morisot, and Rockwell.

lesliemarion Says:

January 7th, 2017 at 11:46 pm

I also love Madelief and Magdalen. They feel far fresher to me than Madeleine which I used to love and Madison which I never loved.

Care Says:

January 8th, 2017 at 1:04 am

Ruby and Willow for girls.
Caius and Colton for boys.

lesliemarion Says:

January 8th, 2017 at 9:22 pm

Jocasta and Lucasta too. Strong names.

chellemma1 Says:

January 9th, 2017 at 4:41 am

There are some really cool names on this list – I especially like the girls’ names.

I would add:
Joy – A simple and optimistic virtue name, another one that could replace Hope, Faith, Grace etc.
Cassandra – Another possible successor to Penelope, a mythological name that still sounds down to earth.
Clarissa – Clara is lovely but Clarissa makes it grander and more feminine.
Jemima – Fits right in with names like Araminta and Cressida.

oftenoverseas Says:

January 10th, 2017 at 7:38 am

I LOVE Cressida! I refused to take it off my short list even though my husband isn’t a fan… yet. Other favorites are Amos, Eliza, Ines, Otis, Otto, Rosamund, Vera, and Wilder. I’m not sure I agree with Loyal, Snow, Osiris, or Aviva. I think they’re too far out there for this list. I would switch them for Rainier, Wesley, Etta, and Verity.

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MummaMarigold Says:

January 13th, 2017 at 4:14 am

I had a lot of fun creating a Family of 16 Children using all but 2 of my Favourites from the List:

Calliope Lark
Amity Bea
Felix Lucian Archer
Clara Daisy
Saskia Felicity
Zinnia Pearl
Dashiell Wilder Ash
Araminta Soleil
Emilia Sylvie
Tallulah Winnie
Lachlan Benno Auden (Reuben’s Twin)
Reuben Loyal Alden (Lachlan’s Twin)
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Mirabelle Snow
Aviva Posey
Delphine Briar

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Calliope
Amity
Felix
Clara
Daisy
Saskia
Zinnia
Araminta
Emilia
Tallulah
Loyal
Mirabelle
Aviva
Delphine
Lark

Personally I would add:

Soraya
Larakin
Verena

And several others I simply can’t remember right now, sorry! 🙂

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January 23rd, 2017 at 6:08 pm

Some of these really stood out to me. Clark has been on my favorites for years, and I’ve always loved Egyptian-style names, so Osiris is going on my list. I’d never really considered the name Baxter, but now that I’ve given it some thought, it’s a really cute name!

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