Disney characters have long inspired parents' name picks, but 2017 was all about female Disney characters like Moana — the name was up 64% over last year!
Belle rose 23% (surely thanks in part to the live-action release of Beauty and the Beast), and Ariel bobbed up 22%.
The Warriors and Cavaliers met in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year, and parents-to-be took notice. LeBron (as in the Cavs’ King James) shot up a whopping 64%, and Kyrie (as in Irving, formerly of the Cavs) soared 39%. Kevin (as in Durant of the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors) rose too — up 9%.
The name of LeBron James’ adorable daughter, Zhuri, also grew in popularity, up an impressive 81% over 2016.
Nature and the elements inspired a lot of baby names in 2017, too. River climbed 26% for girls and 6% for boys, Forest rose 26% on the boy's list, and Storm shot up an impressive 44% for girls.
Many babies were also named after hip-hop artists in 2017. For example, Chance (as in Chance the Rapper) jumped 21% in popularity on the boys' list.
Ok, those are the trends! Here are the top-10 lists for 2017:
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