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These Are The Best Name Ideas For 2017 Babies

From Alden to Zelda.

If new parents in 2017 were limited to only 100 possible baby name options, what should they be? Nameberry is attempting to answer this question.

We’ve whittled down the thousands of possibilities to find the 100 baby names that we believe are most emblematic of our times ― while also being both somewhat timeless and forward-facing. The names here are perfect for a 2017 baby yet will serve him or her well into the turn of the next century (now there’s an amazing thought).

Of course, there are hundreds of other baby names that potentially fit these criteria. But if we are limited to only 100, these are our picks for the very best of the best ― and our reasons why.

  1. Alden May unseat the popular Aiden, thanks to actor Ehrenreich, the new young Han in “Star Wars”
  2. Amity Friendly update for Hope and Faith
  3. Amos A biblical boy that could follow the newly successful Abel
  4. Araminta British classic fresher than Arabella
  5. Arcadia Heavenly name for the optimistic
  6. Archer Fresher than Hunter, cooler than Arthur
  7. Arrow Shooting upwards
  8. Ash Cool short form of Ashton or Asher, or full name on its own
  9. Astrid Scandinavian import with lots of style
  10. Auden Poetic surname chosen by Kelsey Grammer for his son
  11. Aviva Vivacious palindromic choice
  12. Baxter Could Bax be the new Max?
  13. Bea Beatrice or Beatrix short form that stands alone
  14. Benno Ancient saint name makes Ben special
  15. Birdie Nature name taking flight
  16. Booker Iconic hero name with literary and musical associations
  17. Bowie The late idol inspiring baby namers
  18. Briar New unisex nature name in the Top 000
  19. Calliope Love child of Cadence and Penelope
  20. Cassius Ancient Roman name that couldn’t be cooler
  21. Celeste Ladylike name with heavenly associations
  22. Clara Clearly the most stylish Claire-related name today
  23. Clark Old-time heartthrob and superhero returns
  24. Corin The Bard gave us this distinctive yet straightforward boys’ name
  25. Cressida Posh British possibility with a Shakespearean pedigree
  26. Cyrus Celeb choice with historic Eastern roots
  27. Daisy Perennially-fresh and charming flower name
  28. Dashiell Literary name with lots of dash
  29. Delphine Chic French twist on floral name
  30. Dylan Rebel Nobel poet name turned modern classic
  31. Echo Three trends ― mythological, o-ending word name ― in one modern choice
  32. Eliza Classic revival keeps gathering steam
  33. Ember Emma meets Amber
  34. Emilia Khaleesi gone classic
  35. Esme Charming Salinger name that means beloved
  36. Esther Biblical heroine name weds ancient and feminist appeal
  37. Felicity “Rogue One” star Felicity Jones adds strength to this name
  38. Felix Ancient saint turned cartoon cat turned happy modern baby name
  39. Fiona Romantic Scottish favorite moving on from “Shrek”
  40. Forrest Nature name with buttoned-down appeal
  41. Frank Frank Ocean updates this name from the Sinatra era
  42. Frankie Boyish nickname for girls
  43. Geneva Cool Swiss place name destination
  44. Gideon Biblical boy name on the rise
  45. Goldie One nickname name that’s both rich and fun
  46. Greer Tailored Hollywood name, fresher than Harlow or Ava
  47. Gus Friendly, informal Gus is the new Max
  48. Indigo ―- Bright blue unisex choice
  49. Ines/Inez Spanish-inflected variation of Agnes with starry new gloss
  50. Iris Elegant floral that’s also the name of the goddess of the rainbow
  51. Isadora The new Isa girl in town
  52. Keziah Biblical name that feels sleek and modern
  53. Lachlan Scottish choice finding wider favor
  54. Lark Bird name that sings sweetly in the middle
  55. Lionel Jazzy name with stylish leonine associations
  56. Louise This year’s nominee for how can it NOT be in the Top 1000?
  57. Loxley Popping on Pinterest
  58. Loyal One virtue name that works for boys
  59. Lucian ― Male spin on the popular Lucy and Lucia
  60. Lula Retro girl name on the upswing, and Liv Tyler’s new daughter
  61. Lux As simple as it is luxurious
  62. Marguerite Cooler than Margaret, more classic than Margo
  63. McCoy The real thing
  64. Mirabelle The new Isabelle
  65. Monty British favorite feels fresh here
  66. Osiris Name from Egyptian mythology that feels powerful today
  67. Otis Bluesy choice that’s the epitome of cool
  68. Otto New old O name for boys
  69. Ozzie Adorable O nickname for Ozias, Oswald, etc; Oz works too
  70. Pearl The most stylish middle name of the moment
  71. Persephone Now that Penelope is a top name, Persephone is rising
  72. Posey Sweet update on Poppy and Rosie
  73. Quincy Unusual Presidential choice that works for boys and girls
  74. Ray Sleek, simple name right for both genders
  75. Reeve A successor to celebrity surname name Reese
  76. Remy French, simple, lovely for either sex
  77. Reuben Hot biblical boy name
  78. Roman Celebrity favorite with noble pedigree
  79. Rosamund Elegant rose family member
  80. Ruth Rich biblical name finding new fans
  81. Sadie The fastest-rising girl name on Nameberry
  82. Sage A name marrying wisdom and nature
  83. Sasha Unisex name re-embraced for boys
  84. Saskia Dutch treat with artistic vibe
  85. Sayer More eloquent than Sawyer
  86. Simone Gold medalist times two
  87. Snow Fresh, winter white choice
  88. Soleil Sunny French name shining here
  89. Sybil A not-done “Downton Abbey” name
  90. Sylvie Sweet French-accented choice
  91. Tallulah Dramatic name favored by celebrities, but still distinctive in the real world
  92. Thea Newcomer to the Top 1000 that feels both classic and modern
  93. Thor Powerful superhero choice
  94. Vera Fresher than Cora or Ava
  95. Wilder Prepster name with an outdoorsy vibe
  96. Winnie Winning nickname-name finding new fans, including Jimmy Fallon
  97. Winston Churchill makes it a hero name, but Winston feels wearable for a child, too
  98. Yara Spanish favorite slowly being discovered by the wider world
  99. Zelda New series based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald soon to debut on
  100. Zinnia Exotic floral choice
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