Thursday, November 30

These are the top 10 most popular baby names in the world



While some parents have their baby’s name picked out long before they’ve even thought about joining the parent world, others need some help.

If you’re one of those about to welcome a baby into the world in 2017 with no idea what to name your bundle of joy, then perhaps we can help.

Baby name site Nameberry has released a list of the most popular names given to tots around the world, and they’re very pretty.

Here are the top 10 names for both girls and boys:

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This name, meaning ‘universal’ has been a popular choice long before it was used on Friends.

It’s also the name long chosen by royals and featured in a Jane Austen book.


This name, meaning ‘rest, comfort’ is a popular choice for those looking for a historic name.

Noah was the name given to the man who saved the world’s species on God’s command and was used by Michael Buble to name his first-born son.


Olivia is described on Nameberry as a ‘lovely Shakespearean name with an admirable balance of strength and femininity.’

The name’s popularity may be due to the number of famous Olivia’s in Celeb-land these days.


Liam is the most popular Irish name in the world right now, coming second on the boy’s list.

The name, meaning ‘resolute protection’ is short for William.


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Sophia means wisdom in greek and has long been chosen by parents who want a name with sophistication and femininity.


Mason hit peak popularity in 2011 and has been a popular name for boys ever since.

The name, meaning ‘worker of stone’ is a favourite with Kourtney Kardashian who named her first child with Scott Disick ‘Mason.’


Nameberry has predicted that Ava, meaning ‘life’, will be number one on the most popular list in years to come.

So if you want to get ahead of the times, this is the perfect name to pick.


The biblical name Jacob was ousted from it’s no.1 spot by Noah, in 2013, after holding first place from 1999 to 2012.

It’s not hard to see why this name made the most popular list.


Isabella has been Number 5 on the charts after being the top name for two years running (from 2009 to 2010) due to the ‘Twilight‘ effect whose lead character was named Isabella Bella Swan.

This name is a derivative of Elizabeth, which has royal heritage and means ‘pledged to god.’


If Liam doesn’t float your boat, perhaps the longer version of the moniker will.

Whether you’re naming your son after Prince William or William Shakespeare, there’s no denying that this name has a great ancestry.