Baby names with the fastest-growing popularity
Naming a new baby is not a task to be taken lightly. Whether trendy or traditional, a name is more than just a reflection of parental tastes. It’s a signifier that follows a child into adulthood, and can significantly impact social and emotional development. A unique name or inventive spelling might seem like a good idea at the time, but be forewarned: it may not age well. Then again, it could become an instant classic.
Using information from the Social Security Administration, Stacker examined the fastest-growing baby names from 2016 to 2017. The top 50 male and female name are included in the slideshow, ranked according to increase in usage. For a name to be included on the list, it must have made the top 1,000 for at least one of the two years.
Scroll through the list and find out if your name—or your little bundle of joy’s—made the cut.
#50. Axton (boys)
#50. Calliope (girls)
#49. Mike (boys)
#49. Belle (girls)
Rank in 2017: #808 (up 125 spots from 2016)
Belle, from the French word for "beauty," was a favorite name in the U.S. from the 1880s through 1934, and is currently enjoying a revival. The Disney's classic "Beauty and the Beast," which recently underwent a live-action makeover, features a princess named Belle.
#48. Callum (boys)
Rank in 2017: #611 (up 93 spots from 2016)
Perennially popular in the U.K., Callum is a variant of Calum, the Gaelic translation of the Latin name Columba, which means "dove." Saint Columba was the sixth-century missionary believed to have converted Scotland to Christianity.
#48. Reign (girls)
#47. Coleman (boys)
#47. Avah (girls)
#46. Alaric (boys)
Rank in 2017: #994 (up 96 spots from 2016)
Alaric was the commander of the Visigoths, the Barbarian tribe that sacked Rome in 410 A.D., bringing the empire to an abrupt end. The name is Germanic in origin, and means "all-powerful ruler." A character in the popular show "The Vampire Diaries," carries the name Alaric (Matthew Davis).2018 All rights reserved.