7 New Baby Names to Watch for in 2017

Dec 28th 2016

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.

Wolf (M): This name sits at the intersection offbeat old-fashioned names and swift, bold meaning names. That's a mighty fashionable baby name address.


December 28, 2016 11:54 AM

I've been advocating for Wolf for a long time.  It was my grandfather's name. He was born around 1875. I think Wolf is way cool.

December 29, 2016 2:47 PM

Caoimhe is pronounced Qweeva not keeva. 

Love Irish names!

December 29, 2016 3:54 PM

Is Wolf the new Bear? I love Wolf, couldn't convince my husband, but I have since met a baby Wolf (1 year old).

December 29, 2016 7:38 PM

Both Wolf and Bear are very old names in various forms and languages.

By Amy3
December 30, 2016 2:34 PM

@Nesslee, according to Baby Names of Ireland's site (babynamesofireland dot com), 'keeva' is correct.

December 31, 2016 2:31 PM

Is Elia pronounced similar to Elliott without the T? This would be a great alternative for the people wanting to use Elliott for their girls just to get to the Elle/Ellie nickname.

January 3, 2017 1:49 PM

I have a friend whose new grandson is named Fox! It took her a while to get her head around.

January 3, 2017 4:02 PM

I like the Name Winston which is a Legendary Birtish Name. It is very attractive and sounds nice. I like it. 

January 5, 2017 11:51 PM

@Emerald Bee: Pretty much. I have a Spanish coworker whose daughter has that name. I think it could be a great Eliot alternative, although I'm not sure it would appeal to the name parents who like the "gender-neutral" style...


January 6, 2017 12:42 AM

@Emily.ei: Elia Kazan was male, so the name ought to appeal to parents seeking a gender-neutral route to Elle/Ellie.

January 16, 2017 4:17 PM

Either pronunciation would be correct.