The Best Baby Name Ideas for 2017

The Best Baby Name Ideas for 2017

If new parents in 2017 were limited to only 100 possible baby name options, what should they be? Nameberry is attempting to answer this question.

We’ve whittled down the thousands of possibilities to find the 100 baby names that we believe are most emblematic of our times ― while also being both somewhat timeless and forward-facing. The names here are perfect for a 2017 baby yet will serve him or her well into the turn of the next century (now there’s an amazing thought).

Of course, there are hundreds of other baby names that potentially fit these criteria. But if we are limited to only 100, these are our picks for the very best of the best ― and our reasons why.

  • Alden ― May unseat the popular Aiden, thanks to actor Ehrenreich, the new young Han in “Star Wars”
  • Amity ― Friendly update for Hope and Faith
  • Amos ― A biblical boy that could follow the newly successful Abel
  • Araminta ― British classic fresher than Arabella
  • Arcadia ― Heavenly name for the optimistic
  • Archer ― Fresher than Hunter, cooler than Arthur
  • Arrow ― Shooting upwards
  • Ash ― Cool short form of Ashton or Asher, or full name on its own
  • Astrid ― Scandinavian import with lots of style
  • Auden ― Poetic surname chosen by Kelsey Grammer for his son
  • Aviva ― Vivacious palindromic choice
  • Baxter ― Could Bax be the new Max?
  • Bea ― Beatrice or Beatrix short form that stands alone
  • Benno ― Ancient saint name makes Ben special
  • Birdie ― Nature name taking flight
  • Booker ― Iconic hero name with literary and musical associations
  • Bowie ― The late idol inspiring baby namers
  • Briar ― New unisex nature name in the Top 000
  • Calliope ― Love child of Cadence and Penelope
  • Cassius ― Ancient Roman name that couldn’t be cooler
  • Celeste ― Ladylike name with heavenly associations
  • Clara ― Clearly the most stylish Claire-related name today
  • Clark ― Old-time heartthrob and superhero returns
  • Corin ― The Bard gave us this distinctive yet straightforward boys’ name
  • Cressida ― Posh British possibility with a Shakespearean pedigree
  • Cyrus ― Celeb choice with historic Eastern roots
  • Daisy ― Perennially-fresh and charming flower name
  • Dashiell ― Literary name with lots of dash
  • Delphine ― Chic French twist on floral name
  • Dylan ― Rebel Nobel poet name turned modern classic
  • Echo ― Three trends ― mythological, o-ending word name ― in one modern choice
  • Eliza ― Classic revival keeps gathering steam
  • Ember ― Emma meets Amber
  • Emilia ― Khaleesi gone classic
  • Esme ― Charming Salinger name that means beloved
  • Esther ― Biblical heroine name weds ancient and feminist appeal
  • Felicity ― “Rogue One” star Felicity Jones adds strength to this name
  • Felix ― Ancient saint turned cartoon cat turned happy modern baby name
  • Fiona ― Romantic Scottish favorite moving on from “Shrek”
  • Forrest ― Nature name with buttoned-down appeal
  • Frank ― Frank Ocean updates this name from the Sinatra era
  • Frankie ― Boyish nickname for girls
  • Geneva ― Cool Swiss place name destination
  • Gideon ― Biblical boy name on the rise
  • Goldie ― One nickname name that’s both rich and fun
  • Greer ― Tailored Hollywood name, fresher than Harlow or Ava
  • Gus ― Friendly, informal Gus is the new Max
  • Indigo ―- Bright blue unisex choice
  • Ines/Inez ― Spanish-inflected variation of Agnes with starry new gloss
  • Iris ― Elegant floral that’s also the name of the goddess of the rainbow
  • Isadora ― The new Isa girl in town
  • Keziah ― Biblical name that feels sleek and modern
  • Lachlan ―Scottish choice finding wider favor
  • Lark ― Bird name that sings sweetly in the middle
  • Lionel ― Jazzy name with stylish leonine associations
  • Louise ― This year’s nominee for how can it NOT be in the Top 1000?
  • Loxley ― Popping on Pinterest
  • Loyal ― One virtue name that works for boys
  • Lucian ― Male spin on the popular Lucy and Lucia
  • Lula ― Retro girl name on the upswing, and Liv Tyler’s new daughter
  • Lux ― As simple as it is luxurious
  • Marguerite ― Cooler than Margaret, more classic than Margo
  • McCoy ― The real thing
  • Mirabelle ― The new Isabelle
  • Monty ― British favorite feels fresh here
  • Osiris ― Name from Egyptian mythology that feels powerful today
  • Otis ― Bluesy choice that’s the epitome of cool
  • Otto ― New old O name for boys
  • Ozzie ― Adorable O nickname for Ozias, Oswald, etc; Oz works too
  • Pearl ― The most stylish middle name of the moment
  • Persephone ― Now that Penelope is a top name, Persephone is rising
  • Posey ― Sweet update on Poppy and Rosie
  • Quincy ― Unusual Presidential choice that works for boys and girls
  • Ray ― Sleek, simple name right for both genders
  • Reeve ― A successor to celebrity surname name Reese
  • Remy ― French, simple, lovely for either sex
  • Reuben ― Hot biblical boy name
  • Roman ― Celebrity favorite with noble pedigree
  • Rosamund ― Elegant rose family member
  • Ruth ― Rich biblical name finding new fans
  • Sadie ― The fastest-rising girl name on Nameberry
  • Sage ― A name marrying wisdom and nature
  • Sasha ― Unisex name re-embraced for boys
  • Saskia ― Dutch treat with artistic vibe
  • Sayer ― More eloquent than Sawyer
  • Simone ― Gold medalist times two
  • Snow ― Fresh, winter white choice
  • Soleil ― Sunny French name shining here
  • Sybil ― A not-done “Downton Abbey” name
  • Sylvie ― Sweet French-accented choice
  • Tallulah ― Dramatic name favored by celebrities, but still distinctive in the real world
  • Thea ― Newcomer to the Top 1000 that feels both classic and modern
  • Thor ― Powerful superhero choice
  • Vera ― Fresher than Cora or Ava
  • Wilder ― Prepster name with an outdoorsy vibe
  • Winnie ― Winning nickname-name finding new fans, including Jimmy Fallon
  • Winston ― Churchill makes it a hero name, but Winston feels wearable for a child, too
  • Yara ― Spanish favorite slowly being discovered by the wider world
  • Zelda ― New series based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald soon to debut on
  • Zinnia ― Exotic floral choice
The Most Popular Dog Names in 2016

The Most Popular Dog Names in 2016

A list with the most popular DOG names for this year just came out and they’re remarkably similar to the most popular ones last year.  See?  Nothing has changed in 2016.  The world is still the same place it’s always been.

The top 10 names for male dogs in 2016 were:  Max . . . Charlie . . . Buddy . . . Cooper . . . Jack . . . Rocky . . . Bear . . . Duke . . . Toby . . . and Tucker.

And the top 10 names for female dogs were:  Bella . . . Lucy . . . Daisy . . . Lola . . . Luna . . . Molly . . . Sadie . . . Sophie . . . Bailey . . . and Maggie.

There was only ONE name on each list that wasn’t in the top 10 in 2015:  Tucker for male dogs and Bailey for female ones.

(BusinessWire)

Four Things You Can Learn in Your Sleep

Four Things You Can Learn in Your Sleep

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Obviously we have to sleep. But it also seems like a huge waste of time. Eight hours a night is a third of your life. So here are four things you can actually LEARN in your sleep, and they’re all backed by science . . .

1. A new language. A study in 2014 found people remembered words and phrases better if they listened to a recording of them while they were sleeping. You can’t JUST do that though. You also have to study while you’re awake or it doesn’t do any good.

2. How to play an instrument. Researchers at Northwestern did a study in 2012 where musicians learned to play a new song. And they played it better the next day if they also listened to it while they were sleeping.

3. That smoking is disgusting. Researchers in Israel recently exposed smokers to two different smells during the night . . . the smell of cigarettes, and the smell of rotten eggs. And a week later, the average person was smoking 30% less.

4. The names of people you just met. A study last year had people try to memorize names. Then one group took a nap while the other group didn’t. And the ones who slept did 12% better when they had to remember the names again.

So that one’s not really about your subconscious. It just showed that sleeping after you learn something can help it sink in.

(Daily Mail)

Now People Are Naming Their Babies After Pokemon Characters

Now People Are Naming Their Babies After Pokemon Characters

Saboten-Con Saturday Portraits - Pikachus from Pokemon. Photo Credit | Kevin Dooley

Saboten-Con Saturday Portraits – Pikachus from Pokemon. Photo Credit | Kevin Dooley

I don’t know how long the “Pokemon Go” craze is going to last, but some kids are going to grow up with a PERMANENT reminder.

According to BabyCenter.com, there’s been a huge jump this month of people naming their babies after Pokemon characters.

Fortunately, it doesn’t seem like they’re going for the crazier ones like Pikachu and Jigglypuff, they’re picking characters that actually kind of sound like reasonable human names.

The girls’ names that are skyrocketing are Roselia, Onyx, and Eevee. For boys, it’s Star, Ivy, and Shea . . . and BabyCenter thinks those come from the Pokemon characters Starmie, Ivysaur, and Shaymin.

A spokeswoman from BabyCenter says they’re not surprised at the trend, since they just ran a survey and found HALF of moms say they play “Pokemon Go”.

(Huffington Post)

Apparently the Big Trend in Baby Names Is Making It Unclear Whether You Have a Boy or a Girl

Apparently the Big Trend in Baby Names Is Making It Unclear Whether You Have a Boy or a Girl

Apparently the Big Trend in Baby Names Is Making It Unclear Whether You Have a Boy or a Girl

Apparently the Big Trend in Baby Names Is Making It Unclear Whether You Have a Boy or a Girl

Gender has been a huge discussion topic in America this year, mainly because we let “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” dictate our national news cycle.

And apparently the big trend in baby names so far this year is keeping things as gender-ambiguous as possible.

BabyCenter.com says the names that are seeing the biggest jumps in popularity this year are unisex ones.

The top 10 are: Amari, Karter, Phoenix, Quinn, Reese, River, Rory, Rowan, Sawyer, and Taylor. All of those have been going to more boys AND girls than they did in 2014.

According to Babycenter, the reason is, quote, “Millennials are an open-minded and accepting group, and they don’t want their children to feel pressured to conform to stereotypes that might be restrictive.

“Just as companies have started making more neutral kids’ clothes and taking ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ labels off toys, an increasing number of parents are choosing unisex names.”

(BabyCenter / Yahoo)