The baby-naming trends for 2017 as predicted by the editors
of Nameberry are in! Get ready to scratch your head at some of them, because who would name their kid that?
The baby name trends can be broken down into the following 12 categories:
1. Powerful Names
In 2016, parents looking for powerful names chose Royal,
Saint and Kylo. Next year, those names will seem rather tame, as parents look to deities
and mythology for names like Thor, Persephone, Odin, Freya, Jupiter, Luna,
Atlas, Clio, Orion, Morrigan, Pandora and—of course—Zeus.
It won’t stop there though. Nope, parents in 2017 will be
naming their kids God. Yes, as in “meet my baby, God.” In 2015,
five boys were registered as being named God. Expect that number to go up to
the heavens next year (bad joke intended) as well as Yahweh, Lord, Savior,
Goddess and Messiah. Last year alone, there were more that 1,500 babies named
But get this, Lucifer is going to trend too.
Yikes. In that case, why not Diablo, Demon or Beelzebub?
Naming a baby after a character in literature is a time-honored
tradition that will continue to go strong. Among the favorites are Eloise,
Maisie, Sawyer, Matilda, Ramona, Fern, Alice and Holden. Lovers of Shakespeare
may choose Juliet, Romeo, Cordelia, Ophelia, Cassio, Orlando and Puck. Babies
will also be named with authors' surnames like Austen, Bronte, Poe, Wilde and
3. Inspirational Names
Dream, Justice, True, Grace, Pax, Bodhi, Zen, Mercy and
Patience will be among the top inspirational name choices.
4. Feminist Heroine Names
According to Nameberry, parents are naming their baby girls
and boys after famous feminists. Think along the lines of Ruth (Bader Ginsburg), Ada (Lovelace),
Simone (de Beauvoir and Biles), Emmeline (Pankhurst), Bell (Hooks), Eleanor
(Roosevelt), Rosa (Parks), Vita (Sackville-West), Zelda and Fitzgerald, Georgia
and O’Keefe, Frida and Kahlo, Sojourner and Truth.
5. Big O Names
The letter O is in! O is for: Olivia, Olive, Ophelia,
Octavia, Olympia, Oakley, Oona, Oliver, Owen, Oscar, Orson, Otis, Omar, Otto,
Orlando, Oberon, Osias, Osiris, Osmond and Oz.
Prepsters will be represented. Get ready for play group
dates with babies named Brooks, Hayes, Briggs, Yates, Ames, Oakes, Niles,
Collins, Anderson, Winston, Remington, Kensington, Montgomery, Whitaker and
7. 'Downton Abbey' Names
"Downton Abbey" is no longer in production, but parents are
producing babies who will be named Cora, Violet, Sybil, Rosamund, Edith, Isobel,
Daisy, Elsei, Marigold and good ol’ Mary.
8. Red State Names
Folks in Red States will be popping out babies named Blakely,
Brylee, Kennedi, Kyleigh, Leila, Londyn, Journee, Kaso, Cason, Braylen,
Chandler, Gunner and Lawson.
Clawing their way up to the top will be animal names. Get ready to meet babies named Bear, Fox, Wolf, Lionel
(it means "young lion"), Lynx, Tiger, Falcon, Hawk, Jaguar, Puma and Python.
10. Aquatic Names
Water referencing names are about to flood the nation. Aqua,
Arno, Bay, Bayou, Caspian, Delta, Ford, Harbor, Hudson, Lake, Marin/Marina,
Nile, Ocean/Oceane, Rio, Brook, River will pay direct tribute to water, whereas
other trending name like Tallulah (which means "leaping water"), Mira (means "sea/ocean") and
Kai (means "ocean/ocean water") will have the water references hidden in their meaning.
11. Ellie and Addie Names
Many parents pick names by starting out with a nickname they
would like to call their child and then working backwards. Lots of people are into
Ellie and Addie, which means there will be many occurrences of Ella, Eleanor,
Eliana, Elena, Elise, Eliza, Addison, Adalynn, Adalyn, Adeline, Adelyn,
Adelaide and Adelynn. Interesting that people don’t simply name their child
Ellie or Addie to begin with, right?
12. Anything-Goes Names
Parents are going to continue to get creative with name
choices. Nouns, adjectives, verbs, places, things and who knows what will pop
up on birth certificates across the nation. How about Abacus, Barbados (could
be Barb for short?), Ferocious, Iguana (could be Iggy for short), Verdict or