Your Guide to 2017 Baby Name Trends

This year's monikers have some A-list influence.
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Feb 2017
Black and white photo of couple holding a list of baby name ideas
Photo: Jenna Reich

While it’s way too soon to say which baby names are the most popular this year, it’s not too soon to start guessing! Baby naming site Nameberry has made some carefully calculated predictions, and one look at celebrity baby names over the last year proves that our favorite stars are some serious trendsetters.

To get a sense of this year’s baby naming trends and determine the hottest baby names in January, Nameberry compared the names that saw the greatest rise in page views in the first month of 2017 with those from last January. They found some pretty distinct differences.

1. More gender-specific names

So far, 2017’s most popular names aren’t so gender-neutral. This is an interesting change from the last few years, which have seen a spike in unisex names. Some trailblazers here? Katherine Heigl and Olivia Wilde, who named their newest additions Joshua and Daisy, respectively.

2. Consonants are making a comeback

Or should we say konsonants? This clan has never doubted that.

3. International is everything

While Namberry concedes these names may see a spike because expectant parents need to look up the unfamiliar, Russian, Persian and French names were a few that rose in popularity. Alec and Hilaria Baldwin have consistently stuck to international names for their brood, with three under 3 boasting Spanish names: Carmen, Rafael and Leonardo.

Without further ado, below are the hottest names so far for 2017. We’ll be keeping tabs on this list in the coming months.


  1. Tatjana
  2. Alizeh
  3. Tahiti
  4. Moana
  5. Ines
  6. Seren
  7. Rosamund
  8. Alisha
  9. Samara
  10. Lilian
  11. Kyra
  12. Sutton
  13. Noor
  14. Arielle
  15. Reina
  16. Calista
  17. Marisol
  18. Arcadia
  19. Ophelia
  20. Zoey
  21. Bellamy
  22. Natasha
  23. Amara
  24. Saskia
  25. Portia


  1. Kyd
  2. Benajah
  3. Sulien
  4. Koa
  5. Gunther
  6. Cassian
  7. Beauregard
  8. Albie
  9. Issac
  10. Lucien
  11. Ragnar
  12. Alden
  13. Dante
  14. Marcel
  15. Xander
  16. Bowie
  17. Kane
  18. Arrow
  19. Sherlock
  20. Mateo
  21. Franklin
  22. Sayer
  23. Cassius
  24. Callum
  25. Aurelius

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