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.