The Most Popular Baby Names of 2017

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2018, mamas. If you’re expecting a baby this year, you’ve probably already peeked at your fair share of baby name lists. The list of the most popular baby names of 2017 is the mother of them, of course!

Through our relationship as the newborn photographer service at more than 1,500 U.S. hospitals, we receive baby naming data regularly. So we’re in the know when it comes to baby name trends, and you can always see the latest in popular baby names with a look at our top 100 list, which is updated daily.

When it comes to choosing a baby name, it’s absolutely essential to know the most popular baby names of the year. You should look at it whether you want a trendy name or not, to know if your little Penelope (for example) will one of many Penelopes, one of a few, or the one and only. Then you can decide if the name you chose is too popular, just popular enough, or perfectly unpopular.  

Now, without further adieu, we give you the most popular baby names of 2017.

Most Popular Boy Names of 2017

  1. Liam
    This Irish-origin name, which clocked in at number two in 2016, nudged past Noah for the number one spot.
  2. Noah
    The king has fallen! The biblical favorite finally topples off the throne and lands at number two.
  3. Elijah
    Elijah continues to heat up. From the number nine spot in 2015, to number five last year, and now number three… better watch your back, Liam and Noah!
  4. Logan
    This Scottish-surname-turned-first-name is something of a dark horse, landing at number four when it was a mere 25th most popular back in 2015!
  5. Mason
    Parents continue to love Mason, although just a tiny bit less than previous years.
  6. James
    The classic James is holding steady mid-chart.
  7. Aiden
    Aiden is back in the top ten after last year’s disappearance… unsurprisingly it takes a lot to put out this “little fire.”
  8. Ethan
    Popular but not overly so, Ethan continues to perch on the upper end of the top ten.
  9. Lucas
    Another newbie to the top ten, Lucas was all the way down at number 42 in 2015. Guess parents are renewing their love this variant of the Biblical name Luke, meaning ‘light.’
  10. Jacob
    Only slightly less popular than the previous two years, Jacob rounds out the top ten most popular baby boy names of 2017.

Most Popular Girl Names of 2017

  1. Emma
    After being dethroned by Olivia last year, Emma is once again tops for baby girls.
  2. Olivia
    She made it to number one last year, but in 2017 she fell back to second place.
  3. Ava
    As it’s been for the past decade, Ava remains in the top ten, retaining her number three position.
  4. Isabella
    The lilting Isabella is no stranger to the top ten, having been here for more than a decade.
  5. Sophia
    After many years at number one, Sophia has started to be slightly less popular (though she’s definitely still running with the cool girls).
  6. Mia
    Parents still have adore the impish Mia, who’s not budging in either direction.
  7. Amelia
    Upwardly mobile Amelia, who eeked into the top ten last year, continued her ascent in 2017.
  8. Charlotte
    After making some big jumps up the list over the past decade – in 2007 she was barely scraping by near the hundredth position – Charlotte has settled in on the upper end of the top ten for the past couple of years.
  9. Abigail
    The biblical name spent a couple of years at number seven, but dropped to number nine in 2017.
  10. Emily
    She’s literally been in the top ten since the 1990’s, and 2017 was no different for this perennial favorite meaning ‘imitating’ or ‘rivaling.’

And that’s a wrap of the most popular baby names of 2017! Which ones do you love? With so many returnees on the list, it’s common to experience weariness with a popular name. Are there any you are just over? If you’re still on the hunt for a name, be sure to check out our complete list of the most popular baby names.

I’m a married mom of two living in Seattle, WA. I have a seven-year-old little boy, a first grader! He’s a fairly reserved kid and all about Legos and building sets. I also have a little girl who turned three at the end of February. She’s a tiny thing but a big ham; we call her our clown. They’re a lot of work but also a ton of fun. I love to eat, cook, and run (in that order). But at the end of the day, give me a spot on the couch and a little bit of TV or a good book, I’m done!