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*These* are the most popular baby names of 2017

There are more than twice as many new names on the boys’ Top 100.

*These* are the most popular baby names of 2017

In a stunning upset, the ancient boys' name Atticus has jumped to the top of the baby name popularity list for 2017.


Atticus is the Number one name for boys on Nameberry’s list of Most Popular Baby Names of 2017, with Olivia the top girls' name for the second year in a row.

While girls’ names conventionally move up and down the fashion ladder more quickly, this year’s Nameberry list is more volatile on the boys’ side, with more new entries in the count of Top 1000 baby names and more names making dramatic shifts up or down the ladder

That's evidence of a sea change in how parents choose names for their sons, says Nameberry’s cofounder Pamela Redmond Satran, moving away from family names and traditional male choices and judging boys' names the same way they do girls,' with style the driving factor.

Nameberry’s popular names list measures which names attract the largest share of the site’s nearly 250 million page views, versus how many babies actually receive that name. It’s a gauge of parents’ interest in baby names, according to Satran, and a predictor of which names will become more popular in the future.

Three new names vaulted onto the Top 10 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.

Here is the complete Top 10 baby names list for each gender.

2017 Top 10 Names for Girls

  1. Olivia
  2. Cora*
  3. Amelia
  4. Charlotte
  5. Isla
  6. Isabella
  7. Maia*
  8. Aurora
  9. Amara*
  10. Ava

2017 Top 10 Names for Boys

  1. Atticus
  2. Asher
  3. Jack
  4. Theodore*
  5. Jasper*
  6. Milo
  7. Oliver
  8. Silas
  9. Henry*
  10. Wyatt

*New in 2017

On Nameberry's Top 100, new entrants besides Maia on the girls’ side are Rumi, the name of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby daughter, along with Alexandra, Allegro, Brielle, Celeste, and Elena.

There are more than twice as many new names on the boys’ Top 100. They are:

  • Adam
  • Augustus
  • Caspian
  • Charlie
  • Dante
  • Edward
  • Emmett
  • Everett
  • Ian
  • Jonathan
  • Kane
  • Kian
  • Magnus
  • Maverick
  • Rhett
  • Winston
  • Xander

The girls' names vaulting furthest up the list in 2017 are Evelyn, Amara, Naomi, Ada, and Phoebe, all up more than 20 places.

For boys, names that rose 20 or more places are Leo, Harvey, Kai, Liam, Arthur, Cassius, George, Finn, Ryker, Louis, Harry, and Jude.

Names with ties to mythology, ancient cultures, and classic literature, influences that topped our baby name trend predictions for 2017, dominate Nameberry’s popular names list .

Atticus qualifies on two counts. It’s the name of a Roman literary figure as well as the first name of the hero of Harper Lee’s beloved novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

Number 2 girls’ name Cora has mythological roots—it’s another name for Persephone, goddess of fertility and the underworld—and is also the first name of the heroine of the classic American novel Last of the Mohicans.

Maia is the Greek mother of Hermes and the Roman goddess of spring.

Rumi is the name of an ancient Muslim (male) poet and Phoebe is another name for the goddess of the moon and also figures in the New Testament, Shakespeare, and Catcher in the Rye.

On the boys’ side, Silas relates to the Roman god of trees, Augustus is the name of a Roman Emperor, and Magnus is a royal appellation meaning “greatest.”

Caspian is a name from The Chronicles of Narnia and Dante was a medieval poet.

Other mythological and literary names on the rise include Ophelia, Freya and Esme for girls; Cassius, Axel, and Felix for boys.

With 5 million monthly visitors from around the globe, Nameberry is the world’s largest baby name site.

Here are the Top 100 Names for Girls in 2017:

  1. Olivia
  2. Cora
  3. Amelia
  4. Charlotte
  5. Isla
  6. Isabella
  7. Maia
  8. Aurora
  9. Amara
  10. Ava
  11. Rumi
  12. Penelope
  13. Evelyn
  14. Ophelia
  15. Rose
  16. Eleanor
  17. Violet
  18. Luna
  19. Arabella
  20. Hazel
  21. Imogen
  22. Esme
  23. Maeve
  24. Elizabeth
  25. Alice
  26. Audrey
  27. Adeline
  28. Genevieve
  29. Aurelia
  30. Thea
  31. Khaleesi
  32. Lucy
  33. Ivy
  34. Jane
  35. Emma
  36. Mia
  37. Eloise
  38. Claire
  39. Emilia
  40. Nora
  41. Iris
  42. Lydia
  43. Anna
  44. Astrid
  45. Lila
  46. Julia
  47. Sadie
  48. Elise
  49. Stella
  50. Isabel
  51. Scarlett
  52. Ada
  53. Evangeline
  54. Caroline
  55. Eliza
  56. Adelaide
  57. Matilda
  58. Aria
  59. Naomi
  60. Clara
  61. Phoebe
  62. Chloe
  63. Elodie
  64. Josephine
  65. Brielle
  66. Sienna
  67. Beatrice
  68. Molly
  69. Ella
  70. Mae
  71. Mila
  72. Allegro
  73. Hannah
  74. Celeste
  75. Seraphina
  76. Zoe
  77. Freya
  78. Sophia
  79. Maisie
  80. Gemma
  81. Willow
  82. Poppy
  83. Grace
  84. Margaret
  85. Madeline
  86. Emily
  87. Elena
  88. Daisy
  89. Maya
  90. Elsie
  91. Juliet
  92. Willa
  93. Ellie
  94. Jade
  95. Eliana
  96. Rebecca
  97. Zara
  98. Alexandra
  99. Evie
  100. Abigail

And here are 2017's Top 100 Names for Boys:

  1. Atticus
  2. Asher
  3. Jack
  4. Theodore
  5. Jasper
  6. Milo
  7. Oliver
  8. Silas
  9. Henry
  10. Wyatt
  11. Leo
  12. Oscar
  13. Declan
  14. Xavier
  15. Felix
  16. Levi
  17. Finn
  18. Matthew
  19. Thomas
  20. Axel
  21. Sebastian
  22. Arthur
  23. Bodhi
  24. Alexander
  25. Kai
  26. Ethan
  27. Julian
  28. Benjamin
  29. William
  30. Caleb
  31. Zachary
  32. Aryan
  33. Liam
  34. Miles
  35. Elijah
  36. James
  37. Callum
  38. John
  39. Soren
  40. Charles
  41. Tobias
  42. Harvey
  43. Andrew
  44. Roman
  45. Eli
  46. Harry
  47. Harrison
  48. Ronan
  49. Ryker
  50. Ezra
  51. Nathaniel
  52. Cassius
  53. Jacob
  54. Jude
  55. Charlie
  56. Dante
  57. Isaac
  58. George
  59. Archer
  60. Samuel
  61. Lachlan
  62. Hugo
  63. Luke
  64. Magnus
  65. Isaiah
  66. Rhett
  67. Daniel
  68. Jonathan
  69. Gideon
  70. Lucas
  71. Graham
  72. Owen
  73. Wesley
  74. Louis
  75. Maverick
  76. Josiah
  77. Lucian
  78. Joseph
  79. Lewis
  80. Augustus
  81. Simon
  82. Gabriel
  83. Everett
  84. Kian
  85. Vincent
  86. Xander
  87. Kane
  88. Nolan
  89. Griffin
  90. David
  91. Emmett
  92. Ian
  93. Adam
  94. Caspian
  95. Nathan
  96. Winston
  97. Beckett
  98. Nicholas
  99. Edward
  100. Knox

Original story by Pamela Redmond Satran for NameBerry.

My village lives far away—but my Target baby registry helped them support me from afar

Virtual support was the next best thing to in-person hugs

They say you shouldn't make too many major life transitions at once. But when I was becoming a mama for the first time nearly five years ago, my husband and I also moved to a new town where we didn't know a soul, bought our first house and changed jobs.

To put it mildly, we didn't heed that advice. Luckily, our family and friends still made it feel like such a magical time for us by supporting our every move (literal and otherwise) from afar. They showered us with love through a virtual baby shower (expectant parents nowadays can relate!) featuring the unwrapping of gifts they were able to ship straight to me from my Target registry.

Here's one piece of advice I did take: I registered at Target so I could take advantage of the retailer's benefits for registrants, which include a welcome kit valued over $100, a universal registry function and more. Fast-forward a few years and Target has made the registration perks even better for expectant parents: As of August 2020, they've added a Year of Exclusive Deals, which gives users who also sign up for Target Circle a full year of savings after baby is born on all those new mama essentials, from formula to diapers and beyond.

Honestly, even without the significant perks of a free welcome kit with more than $100 in coupons, additional 15% off coupons to complete the registry and a full year of free returns, registering at Target wasn't a hard sell for me: Even though the experience of shopping for baby items was new, shopping with Target felt like returning home to me… and the comfort of that was such a gift.

And of course, Target's registry plays a vital role right now, as expectant parents everywhere are being forced to cancel in-person baby showers and navigate early parenthood without the help of a hands-on village. A registry like this represents a safe way for communities to come through for new parents. If you're anything like me (or any of the other mamas here at Motherly), you certainly have emotional ties and fond memories associated with Target.

What to register for at Target was also an easy talking point as I began to connect with moms in my new community. I will always remember going on a registry-building spree with my next door neighbor, who had young children of her own. As we walked the aisles of Target back in 2015, she suggested items to add… and we laid the foundation for what has since become one of my most cherished friendships.

Even as I made connections in my new hometown, I was nervous that expecting my first baby wouldn't feel as special as if I were near family and friends. But my loved ones exceeded all expectations by adding the most thoughtful notes to gifts. They hosted a beautiful virtual baby shower and even encouraged me to keep the registry going after my baby made his debut and new needs arose.

In the years since, "community" has taken on a wonderfully complex new meaning for me… and, in these times of social distancing, for the rest of the world. I've come to cherish my newfound friends in our local community alongside those long-time friends who are scattered around the county and my virtual mama friends.

Now, as my friends' families grow, I'm so grateful that I can show them the same love and support I felt during my first pregnancy. I sing the praises of Target's baby registry—especially in light of the pandemic, since I know mamas can do everything from a distance thanks to Target's website and the added benefit of getting trusted reviews and helpful registry checklists.

And now that I'm on the gift-buying side of the equation, I've found new joy in picking thoughtful gifts for my friends. (Because goodness knows Target has something for everyone!)

For my friend who is a fellow runner, I teamed up with a few others to give the jogging stroller she had on her registry.

For my friend who is a bookworm, I helped her start her baby's library with a few books that are also well-loved in our home.

For other friends, I've bundled together complete "sets" with everything they need for bathing or feeding their children.

I know from my own experience that, yes, the registry purchases are so appreciated, but the thoughtfulness and the support they represent means even more. Because although my village may have been distant, the support they showed me was the next best thing to in-person hugs.

Start your own Target Baby Registry here to experience a Year of Benefits including a Year of Exclusive Deals through Target Circle to enjoy for a full year following your baby's arrival, a year of free returns, two 15% off completion coupons and a free welcome kit ($100 value).

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.


And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

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