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Top 20 boys' names of 2017: the half-year results (photos)

Revealed: the top baby boy names of 2017 so far! Check out this year's most popular boys' names, and see which names are rising and falling in the baby name charts.
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    20. Max

    Once short for Maximilian, Max is now a popular name in its own right and ultimately comes from the Latin Maximus, meaning "the greatest". Will you follow this trend for using shortened versions of classic names?

    Numerology: 11, one of the two "master numbers".
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    19. Logan

    A much newer addition to the baby name charts, Logan first hit the top 50 in 2008, amid the rise of the popularity of the X-Men franchise. The real name of the popular hero Wolverine, Logan is fast becoming a unisex name, although it remains more popular with boys. It's seeing a real boom this year, up from 33rd place in 2016.

    Numerology: 22, often considered the most powerful number.
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    18. Theo

    2017 has seen a lot of parents choosing powerful and presidential names for their sons, and Theo, the shortened version of Theodore,meaning "God's gift", is no exception. With politics in the air, could mums and dads be inspired by that great historical statesman, Theodore Roosevelt?

    Numerology: 3, representing energy and aspiration.
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    17. Alfie

    Alfie first rose to popularity ten years ago, on the back of Lily Allen's song of the same name. Still riding high, this shortened version of Alfred means "wise".

    Numerology: 6, the number of balance.
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    16. Archie

    Joining Max, Theo and Alfie, Archie is another diminutive name stealing parents' hearts this year. Short for the Germanic Archibald, it means "true and brave". Having risen 11 places in the 2016 charts, and another eight places now, it's a name that's truly in the ascendant.

    Numerology: 8, filled with drive and determination.
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    15. James

    Never far away from the top 10, this year is no exception for traditional favourite James. The roots of this popular English and Scottish name can ultimately be traced back to the Hebrew word for "heel" or "supplanter".

    Numerology: 3, representing energy and aspiration.
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    14. Henry

    Henry comes from the old Germanic name Haimirich, meaning "ruler of the home". Could Henry Cavill's 2016 starring role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice be keeping this classic name alive?

    Numerology: 7, describing intellectuals and deep thinkers.
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    13. Oscar

    The name Oscar is widely considered to derive from the Irish Gaelic Oscur, meaning "dear friend". Could its enduring popularity be thanks to the lasting legacy of renowned wit Oscar Wilde?

    Numerology: 2, indicating kindness and courtesy.
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    12. Joshua

    Bucking the trend of shortened names, Joshua is holding its own in 2017. This Biblical name ultimately derives from the Hebrew Yehoshua, and means "God is salvation".

    Numerology: 2, indicating kindness and courtesy.
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    11. William

    William derives from the old Germanic name Willahelm, meaning "resolute protector". This timeless favourite has been falling in the charts a little in recent years, down to 19 in 2016, but is now back on familiar territory near the top 10.

    Numerology: 7, describing intellectuals and deep thinkers.
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    10. Leo

    Continuing the trend for shortened names, parents are opting for Leo over the traditional favourite Leonardo, helping the shorter name to crack the top 10 for the first time in recent years. Could DiCaprio's eventual Oscar win in 2016 have inspired a new generation of parents?

    Numerology: 5, the number of curious communicators.
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    9. Charlie

    Charlie originated as a pet form of Charles, which means "free man" - a rare example of a nickname with more syllables than the original! While the name can be unisex, with the female version short for Charlotte, it remains much more popular among boys.

    Numerology: 11, one of the two "master numbers".
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    8. Jacob

    A firm favourite with parents, Jacob hasn't been out of the top 10 since it first hit back in 2011. It ultimately has the same origins as the name James, hearkening back to the Hebrew Yaakov, meaning "heel" or "supplanter".

    Numerology: 4, the number of reason and logic.
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    7. Jack

    Originally a pet form of John, Jack has long been a popular name in its own right. It was the number one baby name from 2000 to 2008, and this is the first time this millennium that it's dropped from the top five. Could the rise of the name Jackson be spelling the end for Jack?

    Numerology: 7, describing intellectuals and deep thinkers.
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    6. George

    Up two places from 2016, George originates from the Greek Georgios, meaning "worker of the earth". Could parents be paying tribute to the beloved singer George Michael, who sadly passed away at the end of 2016?

    Numerology: 3, representing energy and aspiration.
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    5. Freddie

    Freddie has made a giant leap into the top five this year, up nine places from last year. The name saw a massive boon in 2016 when Louis Tomlinson from One Direction chose it for his baby boy, and it looks like it's here to stay.

    Numerology: 6, the number of balance.
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    4. Noah

    Originating from the Hebrew word Noach, meaning "comfort", Noah first hit the top 50 in 2006, and has since climbed to become one of the UK's favourite names. While it's still mostly popular among boys, it's fast becoming more gender-neutral, thanks in part to Miley's sister Noah Cyrus.

    Numerology: 2, indicating kindness and courtesy.
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    3. Harry

    With Prince Harry often popping up in the headlines in 2017, it's no surprise that this classic name has bounced back into the top three. Harry is a medieval form of Henry, meaning "ruler of the home".

    Numerology: 7, describing intellectuals and deep thinkers.
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    2. Oliver

    Having claimed the top spot in 2016, Oliver has now been nudged back into second place. This ever-popular names comes from the Latin Oliva, meaning "olive tree".

    Numerology: 9, for an active and competitive nature.
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    1. Muhammad

    Back on top after a brief spell at number two, Muhammad (along with alternate spellings such as Mohammed) means "praiser of God". Could Mohamed "Mo" Farah's knighthood in the 2017 honours list have helped to boost the name back to the top spot?

    Numerology: 11, one of the two "master numbers".

    Discover the top 20 girls' names of 2017 so far, and check out this year's hottest baby name trends.

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I've named my baby boy Keigan and his middle name Laird which is my maiden name:) Fits so well.
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Wow I like Muhammad so very much. I named my litttle man

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