Gone are the days in which tried-and-true, old-fashioned names were all the rage! According to Nameberry's Top 100 baby-name list for 2017, parents are opting to give their kiddos a whole bunch of unique monikers. What's more, this year's list is evidence of "a sea change in how parents choose names for their sons, moving away from family names and traditional male choices and judging boys’ names the same way they do girls’, with style the driving factor," according to the site.
In their blog post on the list, Nameberry explains that they "measure which names attract the largest share of the site’s nearly 250 million page views, versus how many babies actually receive that name." Therefore, it's "a gauge of parents’ interest in baby names, and a predictor of which names will become more popular in the future."
Nameberry also notes that "three new names vaulted onto the Top Ten this year for each gender: Cora, Maia, and Amara for girls, and Theodore, Jasper, and Henry for boys. Maia is the most surprising newcomer to the group, also new to the Nameberry Top 100 and among the US Top 1000 baby names for only a decade."
The names that appear to be truly rising in popularity? For girls, the ones that moved furthest up the list (more than 20 slots) include Evelyn, Amara, Naomi, Ada, and Phoebe. For boys, names that rose 20 or more places are Leo, Harvey, Kai, Liam, Arthur, Cassius, George, Finn, Ryker, Louis, Harry, and Jude.
Here are the top 100 names for girls in 2017, listed from 1-100:
And here are 2017's top 100 names for boys:
We can't wait to hear the colorful, unique roll calls of kindergarten classes five years from now!