Trending Baby Names of 2017

Most Likely Top 10 Names of 2017

Why are 11 names listed and just how good are these estimates?

While we allowed ourselves a little wiggle room by giving 11 names instead of 10, our estimations have correctly guessed over 95% of the top 10 boy AND girl names over the past 50 years. Even without the 11th name, we've still estimated 93% correctly.

If you are looking for names that will be the most popular this year, in almost all cases, you have to look no further than the most popular names in recent years. Since the Social Security Administration started collecting the most accurate data in 1937, all of the top 10 names for a given year were in the top 25 during the previous year.

For these reasons, it's pretty clear that while one or two of the 11 names listed may not make it into the top 10 this year, they will still be extremely popular. Besides the list below, be sure to check the most popular names in the 2010s for other really popular names.

There's also some debate over whether you should combine names that are spelled differently but sound the same. We'll let you decide whether each group should oust some of the names without several common spellings.

Boy Names

#-Name2016 Rank2016 Boys2017 Estimate
1.-Noah#119,01518,690
2.-Liam#218,13817,890
3.-William#315,66815,410
4.Benjamin#614,56914,890
5.-James#514,77614,780
6.Mason#415,19214,340
7.Oliver#1212,97513,890
8.Elijah#913,76413,740
9.Michael#813,99813,650
10.Jacob#714,41613,430
11.Lucas#1412,83813,090

Similar Names That Could Change the Rankings

NamesCombined 2017 Estimate
Matthew and Mateo19,710
Jackson and Jaxon18,790
Aiden and Ayden15,800
Grayson and Greyson13,970

Girl Names

#-Name2016 Rank2016 Girls2017 Estimate
1.Olivia#219,24619,010
2.Emma#119,41418,710
3.-Ava#316,23716,130
4.-Sophia#416,07014,960
5.Mia#614,36614,160
6.Isabella#514,72214,070
7.-Charlotte#713,03013,870
8.-Abigail#811,69911,330
9.Amelia#1110,70211,210
10.-Harper#1010,73311,100
11.Evelyn#1210,06010,530

Similar Names That Could Change the Rankings

NamesCombined 2017 Estimate
Sophia and Sofia23,910
Ella and Ellie13,190
Zoey and Zoe11,870

The Wildcards

So, what's the most likely reason for having trouble finding the most popular names? It's when we come across some of the fastest rising names of all time. Names like Ashley that had over 18,000 more babies with the name in 1983 than the year before, and names like Nicholas that had over 10,000 more babies with the name in 1978 than the year before.

So, let's take a look at some of the potential wildcards that could have a huge rise in popularity this year to take one of the top spots.

The data is taken from births that occurred in the United States after 1879. From 1880 to 1936, all births may not be included in the original data set.