The process will forever remain the same. First, you find out that you’re expecting. Then determining the due date. Next, came the waiting for baby to finally reveal it’s gender. Now that you knowwhat you are having, comes the pain staking task of selecting a name. You receive suggestions right and left from your mother to the cashier at the grocery store. Do you go with some older traditions of naming after a parent or family member? Do you find out what names are trending on social media, TV or the movies? I’ve looked through numerous sites like Nameberry, Babynames and Womanitely. Even The Huffington Post has an article about what the most popula names are going to be in 2017. Here is a sample of what I found. For the sake of brevity I have only included 4 of the top names that these sites picked.
Top Girls Names:
Olivia gets its derision from Olive tree. It’s the female form of Oliver. The name’s meaning is faithfulness. You may either picture Olivia Newton-John or perhaps the cute little pig on the Nick Jr. animated show of the same name.
Violet means happy girl. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s daughter bears this name. But depending on when you were brought up perhaps you could see a well-rounded Violet Beauregarde being rolled around in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Elsa means pledged to God. Everyone knows this name from the extremely popular Disney movie Frozen. Both The Sound of Music and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade had characters named Elsa.
Ivy gave me a difficult time when trying to locate it’s meaning. Most sites I saw referenced the climbing plant. Others obviously included Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter. But according to Nameberry, “in the language of flowers, Ivy signifies faithfulness”.
Top Boys Names:
Finn means white or fair. The name comes from Irish mythology. Finn MacCool, noted for his wisdom and generosity. Other than Huckleberry Finn, this name has been increasing in popularity due to the recent Star Wars film.
Oliver is, as we spoke about earlier, the male version of Olivia. The meaning here concerns peace and fruitfulness. Oliver Twist and Oliver Wendell Holmes are just two of history’s popular Olivers.
Liam has a strong male meaning. It is resolute protector. It puts Liam Neeson and his Taken character into perspective. Milleninals will no doubt either think of Liam Hemsworth of Hunger Games fame or Liam Payne from One Direction.
Asher is happy or blessed. Last names are becoming quite popular as first names. It is a biblical name coming from one of the 12 tribes of Israel. Other Biblical names such as: Silas, Ezra, and Elijah are on the list, but none as popular as Asher.
These are just a few of the popula names that are most likely to appear in 2017. Many are seen within pop-culture. That has happened for years. In fact, I was named after Jeffrey Hunter. He was the actor who played Jesus in Jesus of Nazareth back in the 70’s. Whether your spouse is enamored with someone famous or you have a family tradition of naming your children we all have meanings behind our names. What will your child’s name say about them?