But we know you can’t wait that long to find out if your treasured name choice has made it into the charts, so we’ve taken a sneaky peek at the mid-year results! Here’s a round-up of some of the most exciting baby name trends we’ve seen popping up in 2017.
While the top spots for boys and girls have remained relatively stable since last year, with vintage and flower inspiration continuing to dominate, names outside the top 20 are revealing more unusual trends…
Political and powerful names
It’s clear from this year’s choices that politics continues to dominate our lives in 2017. The political has become the personal with power icons making their presence felt in the mid-year results.
Jeremy Corbyn’s increasing popularity knows no bounds, with Corbyn appearing as a baby name choice for the first time. David, Cameron and Jeremy have all made appearances in our baby boy registrations too.
Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the White House seems to have inspired some parents to look to previous presidents for their baby names choices. Outside the top 20 but on the rise, the surnames of Abraham Lincoln and Jimmy Carter are being chosen as first names for boys, along with Franklin, Theodore and Teddy (after Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt) and John (after JFK). No sign of a resurgence in the popularity of Donald just yet, but with his presidency in its infancy, who knows?
First ladies of previous administrations are also providing inspiration for BabyCentre parents, with Nancy (Reagan) and Michelle (Obama) becoming increasing popular. No registrations yet for current FLOTUS Melania, though.
While Theresa isn’t a popular choice this year for girls, Maggie (Margaret Thatcher) and Amber (home secretary Amber Rudd) have seen their popularity rise, along with powerful females from history, such as Cleo (a shortened version of Cleopatra) and Delilah.
The appearance of Ariana just outside the top 100 has no doubt been inspired by the compassion and unity with the UK shown by pop star Ariana Grande in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack.
Deep and spiritual names
Another key trend spotted this year is names with deeper meanings. Faith, Hope, Joy and Grace have all been registered by BabyCentre parents in 2017. Perhaps expectant mums and dads are looking for alternative leadership qualities in the next generation?
70s classic names for boys
BabyCentre parents have been also been returning to old British favourites this year, opting for 70s classics for their baby boys, such as Michael, Peter, David, Andrew, John and Adrian. Has the backlash against vintage choices such as Archie or Albert begun? Or are parents passing on the names of parents and grandparents to their new arrivals?
Colourful girls’ names
Colours are also becoming increasingly popular, as an unusual and distinctive name choice for baby girls. While parents may not be brave enough to go for Blue after Beyoncé’s little girl or Grey, the middle name choice for Cheryl Cole’s baby boy, a colourful influence can be found in 2017’s name picks, with Scarlett, Olive, Sienna, Amber, Violet and Ruby all appearing outside the top 20.
Want to know which names made it to the top 20? Check out our half-year results for girls’ baby names and boys’ baby names.
We've picked out names that we think are the ones to watch in the rest of 2017. Choose your favourites in our polls of boys' names to watch and girls' names to watch and join the Community discussion!
Last reviewed: July 2017