Every year Nameberry.com compiles their list of the most popular names of the year. Their data is gathered from the most clicked-on names for boys and girls on their baby name website and entered into their "most popular" list category. Past years have seen some interesting twists that make you wonder what the h*** some parents are thinking, but this year is pretty low-key. For the most part.
Baby Names. Choosing the perfect baby name is no easy task. Well, at least for most it isn't. If you're choosing to name your little darling Johnny the Fourth or Fifth, you don't exactly have to worry about the name game so much.
Decisions, Decisions. For most people, choosing "the" name usually involves months of scrolling through baby name books, websites, bouncing ideas off of friends and making list after list of favorites.
Name That Name. It also probably involves a few arguments (or "discussions" if you're more mature than me) with your partner over which name is the best choice. I know I was convinced "Maron" was the perfect name for our daughter (it was a combination of our mothers' names), but my other half said it was too close to "moron". Eye roll. Hard core.
Popularity. Sites like Nameberry.com have become increasingly popular over the past decade for their endless supply of name ideas. When your other half - like mine - "disagrees" with your first choice, rest assured there will be plenty more options online.
Nameberry. There are plenty of sites out there that offer name ideas. Want to know some great Irish names? What about some names related to the military or sports? There are name listing sites for all of them. (Side note, there are even name sites for dog/cat names if you're more of a fur baby kind of household).
Doing Your Research. When parents are searching for names, most of them turn to the net today. This allows the largest database of options and includes background and historical meaning behind every name to make sure you pick the perfect one.
Over The Years. Want to find a name with a nostalgic gleam to it? They have those lists too. In fact, it's where we ended up finding our name choice - we loved the vintage vibe.
Keeping Everyone Happy. While you're scrolling endless lists of names, it's important to remember one thing: there's really only one person who needs to like the name you choose, and that's your little one. They're the ones who have to live with it, right?
Enlisting Help. For some, it's easiest to simply choose from the top names of the time. Doing that ensures the little one shouldn't have too many "name issues" over the years. That's where sites like Nameberry come in.
Annual List. Each year they gather their data on the most researched and clicked on names on their sites and rate them all based on popularity. Without further ado, here is this year's list.
2017 Most Popular Baby Names. The 2017 Most Popular Baby Names list was just recently released. Topping the list? Girls' top name of the year was Olivia for the second year in a row, and boys? Boys' top name is a newcomer: Atticus.
Top Names. Rounding out the top five names for girls is Cora, Amelia, Charlotte, and Isla. The remaining boy names in the top five after Atticus is Asher, Jack, Theodore, and Jasper.
In Comparison. When compared to last year's top names, there were a few repeats. Ava, Ezra, Declan and Oliver were all bumped from last year's top five this year.
Mellow Picks. Overall, the names were fairly mellow. There weren't too many on the list that would cause the kid to grow up with terrible nicknames or wounded egos.
Creativity. In the end, the site shows there are some seriously creative parents out there. If nothing else, it's fun to see what else made the list - purely for entertainment purposes!