America's Top Baby Names of 2017 Announced

May 11th 2018


America has a new #1 boy's name. Liam joins returning girls' favorite Emma as the new reigning King and Queen of Baby Names. And Liam might be even more popular than it seems: it is also used as a nickname for William, which ranks #3.

In a milestone, past longtime #1's Michael and Emily have fallen out of the top 10. Newcomers to the list are mostly multisyllabic antiques: Oliver for boys and Amelia and Evelyn for girls. But there's one big exception: Logan, after a year where that name was everywhere, notably in the film titles "Logan" and "Logan Lucky."

The new top 10 baby names in America: 

RANK     BOYS   GIRLS  
1  Liam  Emma
2  Noah  Olivia
3  William  Ava 
4  James  Isabella 
5  Logan  Sophia
6  Benjamin              Mia
7  Mason  Charlotte
8  Elijah        Amelia
9  Oliver  Evelyn
10  Jacob  Abigail

 

The biggest name stories, though, are still to come. This is an era of individuality in baby naming, with tons of change outside the top 10. Stay tuned for the fastest risers and fallers, the most surprising and revealing new names, and the full top-1,000 name list (with last year's ranks for comparison). Follow here and on Twitter: twitter.com/BabyNameWizard

 

Comments

1
May 11, 2018 9:59 AM

Emily left the Top 10 for the first time since my birth year! I'm stunned!

2
May 11, 2018 11:25 AM

Michael left the top ten after being there from 1943 until 2016...

3
May 11, 2018 11:40 AM

I have a Liam in his twenties, when the name was still special and unusual and one we carefully thought of. Oh well, at least I was on the vanguard. My son has always been the *only* Liam in any class in any school he's attended. He's in college now, and still has yet to meet another one his age.  (Certainly they are out there, but few and far between!)  I always figured his name would rise in popularity, but not the foresight to see just *how* popular.

 

I'm sick of Emma, see no charm to that boring name, and wish it would ease its way out of the top spot. What do people see in it? Emily was super popular for so long, but that name has retained a modicum of charm and sweetness. It's heads and shoulders way nicer than clunky Emma.  

4
May 11, 2018 2:11 PM

Emma has the advantage of having only one established spelling. We have young adult granddaughters called Emma and Sophia. The names Emma and Sophia weren't even in the top 100 when they were born, but for the last several years those names have been at the top of the top 10 lists. Emma does well partially because there is only one spelling for it; Sophia is split between Sophia and Sofia (#15), both traditional spellings depending on which language its from. Combining Sophia and Sofia, there were 3000+ more baby girls given that name than the official #1 name Emma. 

5
May 11, 2018 7:54 PM

Emma also has the advantage of having basically just one pronunciation across many languages, so it's an excellent choice for multilingual families. In fact, I don't know if there is another name that has such a close correspondence between sound and spelling in so many languages.

6
May 12, 2018 7:32 AM

Just opened the first page of Baby Name Wizard and noticed two errors in the small box labeled 

Most Popular Names In America

#5 should be Sophia, not Sofia

#8 should be Amelia, not Olivia again

:-)

 

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