Apparently, This Is What Parents Could Be Naming Their Kids In 2017
For as long as 2017 has felt so far (and that’s long), it’s still a little too early to know what the hot new baby names are going to be this year. But if you’re a betting man, you might want to put your money on Nameberry’s predictions. In an attempt to forecast what parents might be calling their kids by year’s end, they compared which names got the most search traffic in January 2016 with January 2017. Here’s what they found.
The number one name for girls, with a 1508 percent increase, is Tatjana — which is just like Tatiana unless you’re the kind of guy who mispronounces quesadilla. For boys, the top name (with a 4141 percent increase) is Kyd, which to be fair, you were going you were going to call him anyways. Other off-the-grid names for girls that you should brace yourself for hearing at the park are Tahiti (ideally after where she was conceived), Noor, and Bellamy — shoutout to Bill. For boys, names like Benajah, Sulien, Beauregard are also coming soon. Overall, the only surviving name from 2016 was Amara, which barely made the ranks. Thanks, Obama.
A few trends behind these predictions: more international names, an increase in the use of consonants, and of course, the influence of pop culture. For instance, the name Moana caught a pretty gnarly wave. If all of this frightens and confuses you like an Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer, there’s one shift old-school parents can be happy about: A move away from gender-neutral names and back toward gender-specific ones. So there’s really something for everyone. But if you still want to name your daughter Bowie, by all means, be the change you want to see in the following list.