20 Hottest Baby Names Set to Dominate 2017

Tanvier Peart | Mar 15, 2017 Pregnancy
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Choosing a baby name is a decision no expectant parent makes lightly. After all, who wants to spend a lifetime regretting the name you gave your child -- or having to sit through yet another conversation from your kid as to why you chose such an unappreciated title? Hopefully, you aren't feeling too much pressure to pick a baby name ... but if you are, we've got you covered with the hottest baby names of the year!

Researchers at Namberry clocked the greatest rise in page views in the first month of 2017 compared with last January. And based on their findings, they were able to forecast titles that will become the hottest of the year.

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Many of the baby names on this list boast tons of international flavor, with the occasional throwback added to the mix. Also a few fun facts from Namberry about these names bringing the fuego (fire):

— Favorite first letters are C and K for boys, R for girls, and S for both genders.

— This year's hot names are more gender-specific than last year's, with fewer unisex names and boy-girl pairs.

— Pop culture continues to exert an outsized influence, with names making the hot list thanks to animated heroine Moana, Younger star Sutton Foster, and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynold's infant daughter Ines.

So ... Curious to see which names are slated to slay 2017? Click on to find out the top 10 girls' and top 10 boys' names!

  • 10. Lilian


    Now here's a baby name with a ton of fragrance that also happens to be the 10th hottest title on this list. Lilian is a name that makes us picture a warm spring day surrounded by fresh blooms. It's such a delightful baby name that's attractive, winsome, and quite memorable, as Nameberry reports that it rose in page views by 124 percent.

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  • 10. Lucien

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    Any Underworld fans in the house? Taking a page from Lucian, leader of the Lycans (werewolves), is Lucien (pronounced LOO-shən or loo-SYAN), which probably has nothing to do with this popular series of ass-kicking movies. It's an illuminating choice nonetheless, as Lucien is Latin for "light" and scores the number 10 spot (Lucien saw an 87 percent increase in page views) on this baby name list.

  • 9. Samara


    If you ever watched the movie The Ring, just know if you name your daughter Samara, you don't have to worry about her coming through a TV to attack you in seven days. In fact, the name Samara is linked to divinity, as it's Hebrew for "under God's rule," which is perfect for lovers of the Bible or Torah.

  • 9. Isaac

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    Another baby name option with biblical sentiments is the classic Isaac. Hebrew for laughter (Isaac comes from yitshāq that means "laughter"), Isaac was once a highly popular baby name in 2012 that's set to make a serious comeback.

  • 8. Alisha


    Hey, Alisha, girl! This baby name offers a playful twist to the classic Alice, which comes from the Germainc adal that's associated with nobility. Alisha is an everyday name that reminds us of someone we knew in school or on the playground.

  • 8. Albie

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    In love with baby names that had a strong '80s presence? Albie is a cutesy baby name that provides a playful twist on the buttoned-up Albert. Hailing from the Old High German elements adal ("noble") and beraht ("bright" or "famous"), Albie is a superstar baby name with tons of appeal.

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  • 7. Rosamund

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    Sorry, but actress Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) is not the reason this baby name earns a spot on this hot list. (We still love you!) Rosamund is a beautiful title with Germanic elements, as it hails from the German hros ("horse") and mund ("protection"). Some circles also believe Rosamund has ties to the Latin phrase rosa munda that loosely translates to "pure rose." Either way, we like this baby name!

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  • 7. Beauregard


    Long titles like Beauregard might not score your child a personalized key chain at the store, but they're still options to consider. Giving us the oh-so-adorable nickname Beau, Beauregard (pronounced BOH-rə-gahrd) has a certain je ne sais quoi to it that makes the baby name so alluring. Plus, Beauregard is French for "beautiful gaze," which will make you want to cuddle your little boy even more.

  • 6. Seren

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    As parents, we try to encourage our children to reach for the stars, and this baby name could have your daughter walking on the moon. Seren (pronounced SEH-rən) is a rare baby name choice, but one that's truly out of this world, as the Welsh title means "star." We like!

  • 6. Cassian

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    Taking the number six position (it rose 191 percent in popularity) is the name Cassian, which might sound like Caspian (you know, the prince in the Chronicles of Narnia series?) but packs its own punch. Noted as a vintage Roman family name, Cassian is thought to pull inspiration from the Latin cassus that means "hollow" or "empty." No matter the name significance, one thing is certain: Moms and dads who name their sons Cassian will not feel hollow or empty inside!

  • 5. Ines


    Rounding out the number five spot is the Greek-inspired baby names Ines (pronounced ee-NEHS). Seeing a noteworthy spike in popularity (Ines rose in page views by 338 percent), this baby name is a variant of the classic Agnes and means "pure" or "holy." Once popular during the 1880s, this title is set to make a pretty major comeback.

  • 5. Gunther

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    Ooh, the name Gunther has us wanting to take a quick trip to Central Perk -- and fast! Even if you never watched the megahit show Friends, that doesn't mean you can't fall in love with this baby name! Gunther is hip, offbeat, and quite the kick-ass name, as it's Old Norse for "battler" or "warrior."

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  • 4. Moana

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    Three cheers for this Disney name making the list! Should you happen to be a fan of the movie Moana, there's a pretty good chance you might want to bestow this name on your future badass in the making. Moana, pronounced moh-AH-nuh, is super fierce and fearless -- just like the beloved heroine in the film. It's a