Favorite Baby Names for 2017

It’s a new year! Fashions change, pop culture trends emerge, and the latest favored baby names emerge on every expectant parents’ list. In 2016, classic names like Sophia, Emma, Olivia were all the rage for girls and parents loved names like Aiden, Lucas, and Jackson for boys. Which baby names will trend this year? And which are our favorites?

GIRLS

Aria: This name has a classic feel with a uniqueness that many traditional girls' names don’t possess. Bonus points for giving this name to a baby in a musical family.

Mia: Rising on the top-names lists in 2016, Mia is a playful and feminine name for a 2017 arrival.

Matilda: According to nameberry.com, Matilda was the 75th most popular name of 2016, but we think this vintage name will be trending soon, especially given its literary allusions.

Luna: In Latin, Luna means “moon,” and its dreamy origin makes it a compelling name choice for 2017 babies.

Grace: We love the strength and beauty of the name Grace, a classic virtue name. With the resurgence of old-fashioned names, Grace has enjoyed a rise in popularity in the past several years.

Azalea: Flower names are always in style, and Azalea is a unique choice for those trying to stay away from the regular floral standbys.

Embry: This is a lesser-known name of 2016, but we like to think its originality is its charm. Embry works well for parents who love Emily and Emma, but want to avoid the super-popular names.

Jade: Strong and short, the name Jade is has a powerfully evocative quality to it. It’s no wonder: according to nameberry.com, the jade stone is said to spread wisdom, courage, and clarity.

Zoe: This name has enjoyed an upsurge in recent years. Not only is Zoe a newly popular choice in the U.S., parents in Spain, New Zealand, and France are also fond of the name.  


BOYS

Declan: In 2015, Declan was hardly on the radar and has enjoyed increased popularity in 2016. Irish names have surged in approval for little lads, and we think it’s time for the name Declan to shine.

William: A traditional name that withstands the latest fads, William is a top pick for princes and regular folk alike.

Oliver: Much like the uber-popular female counterpart, Olivia, Oliver is a lively name with a vintage air to it. Nameberry.com notes that it was very well-used in medieval times, but fell out of favor after the rule of Oliver Cromwell.

Noah: This is a popular name with biblical roots, and though it’s been trending for awhile, it has tremendous staying power.

Hudson: Hudson is well known as a surname and as the NYC river, but it’s becoming increasingly well known as a first name, too.

Vaughn: The meaning of the name is “small,” but we think this name makes a big statement.

Bodhi: Bodhi comes from the Sanskrit word for “awakening” or “enlightenment” and is a meaningful choice for a 2017 baby.

Knox: Perhaps most known from Fort Knox, Kentucky, the name has been used as a surname for centuries and has a rare ring to it.

Wyatt: The meaning of this English-origin name is “brave in war,” and had become more well-known in the last several years.

Lincoln: The name Lincoln has been slowly rising in popularity over the past several years and is most likely to stir up thoughts of former presidents.