6 Rising Name Trends to Watch for This Year

Jan 3rd 2018

What baby name trends will be setting the style for the year ahead? To predict future directions, I look for names with popularity acceleration. Individual names on an accelerating rise are not only trendy on their own, but can point to whole styles on the way up.

I screened the statistics for names that have risen in popularity at a growing rate for for the past three years in a row. Then I looked for common themes. The six styles below leapt out again and again. The specific names listed all have individual momentum, and you can expect to see more of other names in these trending styles as well.

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Names from Other Worlds. With names from imagined realities of movies, tv and books, parents are turning fantasy into reality.

BOYS: Anakin, Atreyu, Caspian, Castiel, Finnick, Kaladin, Lando, Oberon, Riddick

GIRLS: Arya, Astraea, BriarRose, Lyra, Storm, Vesper

Surnames ending in S. Once the stuffiest style for boys, these names are now gruffly charming.

Ames, Banks, Briggs, Brooks, Fields, Hawkins, Hayes, Riggins, Stiles, Welles, Wells

Creative Word Names in Traditional Categories. Nature names, virtues and terms of inspiration get an update.

BOYS: Bodhi, Brave, Canyon, Cedar, Cypress, Knowledge, Legacy, Legend, Linden, Majesty, Victory

GIRLS: Amethyst, Aspen, Blessing, Copper, Harbor, Harvest, Infinity, Legacy, Lilac, Loyalty, Majesty, Maple, Marigold, Meadow, Onyx, Primrose, Silver

Fun & Funky O Names.
They're little, retro and full of energy.

BOYS: Arlo, Cleo, Enzo, Hugo, Jethro, Leo, Milo, Otto, Renzo, Theo

GIRLS: Cleo, Jo, Margo

Names from Classical Mythology.
It's not just Diana and Jason any more.

BOYS: Apollo, Ares, Hades, Hercules, Jupiter, Orion, Achilles, Atlas, Zeus

GIRLS: Andromeda, Ariadne, Astraea, Athena, Aurora, Calliope, Gaia, Artemis

More Liquid and Raindrop Names.
Lots more. These hot sounds for girls are still growing, as this list makes abundantly clear. Take a deep breath...

Aaira, Aamiyah, Aanaya, Aaria, Aariah, Aarya, Aeliana, Aella, Ahlani, Ahmina, Aila, Ailani, Ailany, Aily, Aiyla, Alaia, Alaiah, Alani, Alaya, Alaylah, Aleina, Aliyanna, Alonni, Alora, Aluna, Alylah, Amaia, Amaira, Amalia, Amara, Amarah, Amari, Amarii, Amarri, Amayah, Ameera, Ameila, Amelia, Amiah, Amileah, Amilia, Amiliah, Amina, Amira, Amiyah, Amori, Amyrah, Anah, Analeah, Analeyah, Anaya, Anayla, Anaelle, Annaliah, Annalina, Annamae, Annora, Anora, Anyeli, Ari, Aria, Ariah, Arina, Ariya, Armani, Arya, Aryia, Aulani, Aurela, Aurel, Auriella, Aurielle, Aurora, Aya, Ayaana, Ayla, Ayra, Ayumi, Eila, Eimy, Eira, Elani, Elania, Eleanora, Elena, Elonora, Eliana, Elianna, Eliyanah, Ellanora, Ellia, Ellianna Ellie, Ellieanna, Elliemay, Elloree, Elora, Emilia, Emerie, Emery, Emilia, Emmarie, Enna, Era, Eulalia, Illa, Ilyana, Irina, Laelah, Lailani, Lara, Laya, Leia, Leilani, Leilanny, Leni, Leona, Leora, Leyanna, Liah, Liana, Linna, Liyana, Lorelei, Lori, Lyanna, Luella, Luna, Lyra, Malani, Maiara, Malani, Malya, Malyah, Mariana, Marianna, Mayeli, Mayla, Mila, Milani, Milena, Miliyah, Mira, Mirai, Moriah, Myra, Murah, Naina, Naira, Nala, Naomi, Nia, Nilani, Noa, Noella, Noni, Nora, Nori, Nuri, Nyanna, Nura, Ora, Oriana, Raeya, Ramona, Rayla, Ralei, Rea, Reia, Remi, Remy, Reya, Reyna, Rhea, Riyah, Romi, Romy, Rona, Rory, Runa, Yalena, Yareni



January 4, 2018 8:32 AM

Primrose checks the other worlds box as well! And I agree, HNG, Hades is a horrible name.

January 4, 2018 10:19 PM

All the "fun & funky old names" end in O!

January 5, 2018 1:18 PM

@IraSass, excellent point -- that was supposed to be "O" names, not Old! :) Thanks for catching it, I've corrected the post.

January 7, 2018 3:27 AM

But... I will have to brush up on my mythology to recall how much in layman‘s terms Zeus did selfishly in great dealing more debacle, treachery and eternal chaos for humans and deity alike than Hades. I should think potential naming would include the general impression and also the research. (Of course most don’t so whatevs!) 

January 7, 2018 4:49 AM

There's also Kylo, last year's fastest riser, which is both a name from "Other Worlds" and also a short name ending with O!

January 15, 2018 1:01 AM

Lori is accelerating in popularity??  Seems pretty improbable, given that other similar 1960's favorites like Sherri and Cyndi are basically obsolete now. 

But hey, if Hades is cool, why not Lori?

November 13, 2018 12:31 PM

This is really cool.

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November 13, 2018 12:32 PM

Amazing one buddy.

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