Thứ Năm, 9 tháng 3, 2017

10 Cool Baby Names Trending in 2017

There are some very cool and unique baby names that are hitting the charts and climbing fast for 2017. Most often a name will suddenly trend due to a celebrity using it for their offspring. Or it might be a beloved character name, or a unique alternative to another name that has become too popular. Whatever the reason, here are the top 30 names that have started trending for the next year.

The name Maverick implies bravery, impulsiveness, and going your own way. The dictionary word actually came from a surname from a mid-19th century gentleman named Samuel A. Maverick. Maverick was a Texas rancher who intentionally did not brand his cattle…how rogue! It is the nickname of movie character Pete Mitchell, played by Tom Cruise, in the popular 1986 film, Top Gun. Maverick is part of the new boys’ name trend of Danger/Bad Boy names…you’ll see several on this list!

“You’re turning violet, Violet!” is a famous line from the 1971 movie, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, addressing Violet Beauregard who turns into a blueberry. Although the name Violet did not come back into style until just recently, it has surged onto the top of the charts, currently #50 for U.S. births (2015). Along with other flower and nature names like Ivy and Lily, Violet might just reach the top ten in 2017! The popularity of the name Violet was most likely due to celebrity couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner using the name for their daughter in 2005. Other celebrities who used the name include musician David Grohl (2006), and actress Poppy Montgomery (2013).

The name Remington is most closely associated with the brand of firearms, and therefore fits into the Danger/Bad Boy category of boy names that are so popular. Older folks will remember the television show Remington Steele, about a female detective that creates a fake male detective (named Remington Steele) to get work. Dated, we know! That Remington was played by the suave and handsome Pierce Brosnan, and catapulted his career. Remington also fits the boys’ trend of names that end in -on.

Many of the Norse God names have jumped onto the baby name charts including Freya, a goddess whose name literally just means “Lady.” Freya is the Norse goddess of love and fertility, so it has a very positive, feminine association. Freya is also a character in the movie The Huntsman: Winter’s War, a sequel to Snow White and The Huntsman. But most likely this name has become popular due to the sleeper hit television series Vikings, which has also popularized the mythical Norse name Ragnar.

The name Wilder, like Maverick, implies a person who is uncontrollable or impetuous. It originated as a surname, like in the case of actor Gene Wilder, playwright Thornton Wilder, and author Laura Ingalls Wilder. It also follows a trending pattern for boys’ names that end in -er like Thatcher, Parker, Cooper, and Tyler. Actor Oliver Hudson (son of Goldie Hawn and sister to Kate) named his son Wilder in 2007, as did actor Simon Helberg (Big Bang Theory) in 2014.

Fiona is an Irish/Celtic name, made famous in the U.S. by the popular singer Fiona Apple (Apple is actually her middle name). Princess Fiona is the love interest/ogre in the animated Shrek movies, voiced by Cameron Diaz. 90210 actress Jennie Garth named her daughter Fiona in 2002 and actor Chad Lowe bestowed the name on his daughter in 2012.

Hugo is the title character in the children’s film of the same name, released in 2011. It is also the name of famed fashion designer, Hugo Boss. It is of German origin, and means “Bright In Mind And Spirit.” Actor Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) named his son Hugo in 2009.

Lucia is the Spanish/Italian/Latin version of the name Lucy/Lucille–or actually vice versa–the original name. Parents find this a more romantic version of the name Lucy, with the very trendy -a ending. It can be pronounced LOO-sha, Loo-SEE-ah, or Loo-CHEE-ah. The name Lucia is extremely popular with celebs including Mel Gibson, Mira Sorvino, Eric Benet, Diane Farr, and Ani DiFranco–who all have daughters with the name.

A surprising baby name that’s just emerging on the charts, Arrow is one of those noun-names, like Apple, that we can’t quite diss. It’s easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and it evokes a positive image of strong, brave warriors and outlaws like Robin Hood. The name Arrow may have grown out of the popularity of the boys’ name Archer, along with the hit television series of the same name based on the comic Green Arrow.


The name Ophelia was first made popular by the William Shakespeare play, Hamlet. The love interest of the title character, she sees Hamlet getting more and more obsessed with the death of his father and decides to go join a nunnery. The name, in Greek, is derived from a word meaning “helper.” The name is probably making a resurgence due to the English actress Ophelia Lovibond and the hit television series, “The Royals” which is loosely based on Hamlet. Ophelia is also phonetically very similar to two super-popular names, Olivia and Amelia.

Mindy Project Star Xosha Roquemore Pregnant With First Child

Congratulations to The Mindy Project star, Xosha Roquemore, who is pregnant with her first child with Lakeith Stanfield. Lakeith stars in the new horror movie Get Out as well as the award winning FX series Atlanta.

Xosha announced the happy baby news on Instagram, posting a fun series of pics of herself decked out in a Calvin Klein bra and underwear and a hooded fur coat. The caption was perfection for International Women’s Day, as she wrote: “I am WOMBMAN. #internationalwomensday.”

While this is Xosha’s first confirmation of the pregnancy, she recently sported her baby bump at the Essence 10th Annual Black Women in Hollywood awards gala in February. She also posted an Instagram pic earlier this week, with the caption “Hashtag I miss my abs.”

The name "Ansley"

Ansley is a variant of Ainsley. Ainsley originates in Old English language and means "from the field of hermits". It was derived from the name of a place in England. It can be used as both masculine and feminine names. As a masculine name it was popularized by Ainsley Harriott, a British celebrity chef.