17 Baby Girl Names That Will Be Insanely Popular in 2017

Tanvier Peart | Jan 20, 2017 Pregnancy
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One thing we look forward to each year are all the new baby names that are going to be huugge (very huugge) and deserve a spot on all expectant moms' lists. So if you're pregnant and still deciding on what to name your baby, grab a snack and get cozy. We've taken care of the heaving lifting for ya.

Laura Wattenberg, founder of BabyNameWizard.com, has some juicy baby name picks for the taking that she believes will be all the rage this year.

Tracking name trends based on national statistics from the US Social Security Administration, Laura also stays abreast of baby names buzzing in mommy chats, around the web, and in discussions among readers within the BabyNameWizard.com community.

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"I'm [always] looking for names that are -- or will soon be -- part of the unique fashion of our times," Laura tells CafeMom.

Curious to know which names made the list? Let's find out.

popular baby girl names

  • Aurora

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    Aurora is a hot baby name that's on the rise. Latin for "dawn," this baby name also happens to be the title of a beloved Disney princess -- as well as the name of a Roman mythical goddess. Oh yeah, Aurora is totally badass.

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  • Thea

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    Thea gets major props for staying power, as this baby name was a popular choice in 2016. Pronounced THEE-a or THAY-a, Thea comes from the Greek Theodōra that means "God's gift" and will have your baby girl beaming with so much light. If you didn't know, Thea (or Theia) was the Titan goddess of shining. Pretty cool, right?

  • Lennon

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    How can you not love the baby name Lennon? Aside from being the last name of John Lennon -- who happened to be a part of one of THE greatest bands of all time, the Beatles -- Lennon is an adorable unisex baby name that will give you tons of rocker feels.

  • Royal

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    Parents have been known to gift their heirs with titles of status and grandeur, which is why the name Royal can definitely find a home on your short list. Evoking thoughts of class, regalness, and that popular series on E!, Royal is an exalted baby name that BabyNameWizard.com notes is continuing to grow in popularity. 

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  • Hazel


    Popular during the 1880s, Hazel is a name with Old English roots and the short name of a popular nut species. Noted by BabyNameWizard.com as a quirky but classic baby name, Hazel has a bit of mystery to it that will make it a top girl baby name choice for time to come.

  • Freya


    Laura Wattenberg, founder of BabyNameWizard.com, believes Norse baby names will be popular this year -- and we totally get it. Freya is a strong and fierce title that honors the Norse goddess of fertility. Noted as meaning "lady" or a "noblewoman," this feminine form of Frey is too cute to pass up.

  • Sawyer


    "In form, Sawyer fits with preppy surnames like Parker and Spencer, but its spirit is freer," Laura notes. The name Sawyer is commonly associated with the classic Mark Twain novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but it is a noted surname that's become a lively baby name choice for boys and girls. English for "woodcutter,"  Sawyer is a name we're excited to see make the list of popular baby names of 2017.

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  • Amina


    Any parent would love to raise a child who's "trustworthy" and "faithful" -- and those who bestow the Arabic name Amina to their daughters might just get the bragging rights. Amina is an airy name that's full of so much life, and it's climbing the popularity charts.

  • Everly


    We told you hot letter "V" names are going to be all sorts of popular this year (well, technically Laura Wattenberg of BabyNameWizard.com told us -- and we told you), which is why we're so freaking happy to see Everly on this list of popular names! This English baby name (it means "wild board in woodland clearing") is full of magic and is also the name Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum chose for their little girl.

  • River


    Parents in search of an earthy baby name that has some flow to it will love River. Aside from being the name of Kelly Clarkson's daughter (River Rose), River is a beautiful nature-inspired baby name that will give you a daily dose of tranquility. 

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  • Eleanor


    Sweet Eleanor! The future is "bright" for this notable baby name, as Eleanor has roots in both the French Provencal and Greek (it comes from the Greek word ele that means "light"). It's such a stately and powerful name, as past figures like Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and Eleanor Roosevelt have previously held this title.

  • Luna

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    Now you know we have a ton of love for Luna! Aside from being the name Chrissy Teigen and John Legend chose for their daughter, this celestial title (it's Latin for "the moon") is the name of the Roman mythical goddess of the moon. Luna is short, edgy, and super cute!

  • Felicity

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    Was anyone else a fan of the '90s show Felicity? (Team Ben foreva!) Felicity is such an upbeat baby name that's full of "happiness," as it hails from the Latin felicitas. We're so in love with cheery titles like Felicity that are just perfect for little girls.

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  • Margot

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    Pet names have been known to take the spotlight from longer titles -- and Margot is a classic example. Pronounced MAHR-goh, Margot is a stylish alternative to Margaret -- or Marguerite -- that comes from the Greek maragon, which means "a pearl." So timeless.

  • Nora


    Baby names that end in a soft "ah" sound have been longtime favorites -- which makes Nora a choice you can't pass up. Thought to be an Irish name that means "light," Nora is also thought to be a short name for the Latin Honora that means "woman of honor." We love it.