Most Popular Baby Names And Their Origins

Are you expecting? Are you in the process of picking out a name for your bundle of joy? This comprehensive list will tell you not only the top ten baby names for 2017, but also give you a glimpse at the origins of the name and the meaning as well.  It’s really important to name your children with names that will set them up for success!  Remember, a name can make a huge difference with first impressions.  Below and on the next page you can find the 10

#1) Emma
Starting the list is Emma. This classic name is Lain in origin and has been in use for many centuries all over the world. Emma means “whole” or “universal.”

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#2) Liam
Next on the list is Liam. This name is an Irish variation of a German name. In fact, it is a derivative of the name “William.” Broken down, “wil” means desire, and “helm” means helmet. When put together, the name William means “strong-willed warrior.”

#3) Noah
Top name number three is also a boy’s name – the highly traditional “Noah.” Noah is a Hebrew name. It has biblical roots, and it means “comfort” or “rest.”

#4) Olivia
Number four goes back to the girls – “Olivia.” This wildly popular name is related to the Latin word “olive.” Olivia is also a classical name; Shakespeare gave the moniker to a character in his play “Twelfth Night.”

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#5) Ava
Number five goes to Ava. This name has a couple of different origins. In Latin, Ava means “bird.” The Hebrew version of this name, Eve, or “Chava” means life.

#6) Isabella
Isabella may sound like an Italian or Spanish name, but Isabella actually finds its origins in the Bible. It comes from the Hebrew word Elisheva which means “God is perfection,” or “God is my oath.” A variation of this name is “Bella,” which means “beautiful.”

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#7) Sophia
Pulling up number seven is “Sophia.” This classic name has been claimed by the Spanish, but it is actually Greek. Sophia means “wisdom” in the Greek. A variation on this name is “Sofia.”

#8) Elijah
The boys have it at number eight. Elijah is rooted in ancient Hebrew origins. It means “my God is Yahweh.” Variations of this name are Eli or Elisha.

#9) Logan
Number nine on our list is Logan. Many associate “Logan” as a Scottish family name, and it is rooted in the Celtic language, “lagan.” It is now a popular first name that means “little hollow.”
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#10) Mia
Rounding out the list of names is Mia. This simple, yet beautiful name is derived from the Latin, and it actually has a number of meanings. Mia can mean “wished-for child,” or “mine.” Unfortunately, it also means “bitterness.”

While all of these names are adorable, it is up to the parents to choose the perfect name for their little one. However, we hope this list can assist you in picking the perfect fit for your family.  Let us know in the comments what names you personally like, if we have missed any!

 

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