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Top Baby Names from 2016 and Trending Names for 2017!


So you are having a baby? Congrats!! I hate to break it to you but the hard part isn’t over (surprise!). Forget childbirth. Don’t even worry about all of those diaper explosions (wtf is a diaper explosion?!?) and I’m not even going to talk about the sleepless nights. The most crucial decision you will make is picking a name. This name will be THE key identity piece of their ENTIRE LIFE! No pressure, right? Don’t worry… you actually have about 9 months to figure this part out.

Every year, baby name trends change and you need to decide where you want your baby name to fit it. Let’s take a look at the Hottest Baby Names for 2016 and look at some upcoming predictions for the Coolest Names for Babies for 2017.

Big risers and top 20 baby boy names in Canada for 2016 (as cited by Baby center):

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Lucas
  4. Oliver
  5. Benjamin
  6. Logan
  7. Owen
  8. Jacob
  9. Jack
  10. Ethan
  11. Aiden
  12. William
  13. Lincoln
  14. James
  15. Jackson
  16. Carter
  17. Mason
  18. Hudson
  19. Nathan
  20. Isaac

 

Top 20 popular names for the little ladies in Canada for 2016 (as cited by Baby center):

  1. Sophia
  2. Olivia
  3. Emma
  4. Charlotte
  5. Ava
  6. Chloe
  7. Zoey
  8. Amelia
  9. Abigail
  10. Mia
  11. Lily
  12. Emily
  13. Aria
  14. Ella
  15. Mila
  16. Scarlett
  17. Madison
  18. Avery
  19. Sophie
  20. Evelyn

 

Coming into the new year, let's see what is inspiring baby name trends for 2017. Here is what Global News reports will be the top trend setters: 

Power Names!
Ultimate names that focus on strength and symbolizes power: (God like for the boys) Royal, Saint, Augusta, Kylo, Lucifer (Goddess like for the girls) Odin, Freya, Jupiter, Luna.

Literary Names!
Naming your babe after your favourite literary character: Holden, Romeo, Orlando, Wild, Matilda, Juliet, Ophelia

Celebrity Names!
Following in the footsteps of celebrity baby names: Dream (Rob Kardashian and Black Cyna), Blue Ivy (Beyonce and Jay Z), Poppy Honey; Daisy Boo; Petal Blossom; Buddy Bear (Jamie Olivier and Juliette Norton) Honor; Haven (Jessica Alba and Cash Warren)

Nature Inspired Names!
Names inspired by the animal kingdom: Bear, Fox, Wolf, Tiger, Hawk, Puma
Names inspired by water: Rain, Lake, Ocean/Oceane, River

"O" Names!
Names that begin with "O" are expected to make their way into popularity: Olivia, Ophelia, Octavia, Oliver, Owen, Oscar, Omar

Top Baby Name Predictions for 2017 (cited by Nameberry):

1. Alden

26. Cressida

51. Isadora

76. Remy

2. Amity

27. Cyrus

52. Keziah

77. Reuben

3. Amos

28. Daisy

53. Lachlan

78. Roman

4. Araminta

29. Dashiell

54. Lark

79. Rosamund

5. Arcadia

30. Delphine

55. Lionel

80. Ruth

6. Archer

31. Dylan

56. Louise

81. Sadie

7. Arrow

32. Echo

57. Loxley

82. Sage

8. Ash

33. Eliza

58. Loyal

83. Sasha

9. Astrid

34. Ember

59. Lucian

84. Saskia

10. Auden

35. Emilia

60. Lula

85. Sayer

11. Aviva

36. Esme

61. Lux

86. Simone

12. Baxter

37. Esther

62. Marguerite

87. Snow

13. Bea

38. Felicity

63. McCoy

88. Soleil

14. Benno

39. Felix

64. Mirabelle

89. Sybil

15. Birdie

40. Fiona

65. Monty

90. Sylvie

16. Booker

41. Forrest

66. Osiris

91. Tallulah

17. Bowie

42. Frank

67. Otis

92. Thea

18. Briar

43. Frankie

68. Otto

93. Thor

19. Calliope

44. Geneva

69. Ozzie

94. Vera

20. Cassius

45. Gideon

70. Pearl

95. Wilder

21. Celeste

46. Goldie

71. Persephone

96. Winnie

22. Clara

47. Greer

72. Posey

97. Winston

23. Clark

48. Gus

73. Quincy

98. Yara

24. Clark

49. Indigo

74. Ray

99. Zelda

25. Corin

50. Iris

75. Reeve

100. Zinnia

 

In all seriousness, this really is the fun part. Now you just need to get your spouse to agree… (that's the easy part, right?) - Jen

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