From Alden to Zinnia, Nameberry.com explores the names that should be on every parent's short list today.
If the 2017 parent were limited to only 100 possible baby names, what should they be? Which names strike that perfect balance of being supremely stylish but not trendy, distinctive yet not weird, creative yet down to earth?
We've whittled down the thousands of possibilities to find the elite 100 baby names that are most emblematic of our times, while also being 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 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 Its aim is true.
8. Ash Cool short form of Ashton or Asher, or full name on its own.
9. Astrid Scandi import with lots of style.
10. Auden Poetic surname chosen by Kelsey Grammer.
11. Aviva Vivacious palindromic choice.
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12. Baxter Could Bax be the new Max?
13. Bea Beatrice or Beatrix short form that stands alone.
14. Benno Ancient saints’ name makes Ben special.
15. Birdie Nature name taking flight.
16. Booker African-American hero name with literary and musical association.
17. Bowie The late idol inspiring baby namers.
18. Briar New unisex nature name in the top 1000.
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 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 With love and more love.
36. Esther Biblical heroine name weds ancient and feminist appeal.
37. Felicity Rogue One star Felicity Jones adds strength to this frilly 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 hot for girls.
43. Geneva Swiss place name destination.
44. Gideon Biblical boy name on the rise.
45. Goldie One name that's both rich and fun.
46. Greer Tailored Hollywood name, fresher than Harlow or Sloane.
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.
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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 Virtue name that works for boys and girls.
59. Lucian Attractive 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 new Miles.
64. Mirabelle The new Isabelle.
65. Monty British favorite still fresh here.
66. Osiris Name from Egyptian mythology that feels powerful today.
67. Otis Bluesy choice that's the epitome of cool.
68. Otto Newest 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 40 hottie, 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, delicious 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 unisex name marrying wisdom and the natural world.
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 500 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 debuts on Amazon early this year.
100. Zinnia Exotic floral choice.