7 New Baby Names to Watch for in 2017
Where are baby names headed in 2017? We've selected seven names that point the way.
The names below represent a variety of hot styles, from double-t surnames to bold word names. None of them currently rank among the top 500 names boys or girls. But based on search traffic, forum chatter and trend arrows, they're good bets to be part of the next baby name wave.
Elia (F): A smooth little raindrop name from Game of Thrones? That recipe has made Arya one of the fastest-rising names in America, and Elia – as in GoT's Dornish princess Elia Martell – seems to be next in line for the throne.
Prescott (M): Double-t names like Emmett and Wyatt are one of the hottest styles around. Prescott is a buttoned-down cousin to those names, with a new jolt of energy from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.
Brontë (F): The surname of novelist sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne is catching on as a simple but unconventional choice for literary-minded parents.
Winston (M): Take your pick of Winstons: Legendary British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Winston cigarettes, longtime NASCAR sponsor. Buccaneers Quarterback Jameis Winston. Tank/hero Winston in the video game "Overwatch." That last Winston, believe it or not, may be the one that pushes this surname over the top.
Aviana/Avianna (F): With the names Ava, Arianna and Viviana all fresh hits, this name was just begging to happen. The word avian (the adjective related to birds) lends the name an extra element of fantasy.
Caoimhe (F): This Irish girl's name has the kind of sound that parents are looking for (pronounce it "Keeva"). So far, spelling has held it back. Americans are getting bolder about tackling Irish spelling, though, and Caoimhe may be hitting a turning point.