2023 will be a wild year for baby names. In just the last decade, new parents have chosen more diverse names than ever before, breaking years of stasis where a handful of names dominated the popularity charts. Celebrities have become big movers and shakers in society that have changed how normal parents pick their children’s names. Gender-neutral, maximalist, cowboy, and vintage names are all huge trends today, with many celebrity parents leading the charge.
If you need proof of this, just look at the movement of the name Olive which got a huge boost after Drew Barrymore, Sasha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher chose it for their daughters over the far more popular Olivia. In the ten years since, the name leaped into the top 500 most popular names for girls and is tracking to be in the top 100 in 2023. What other celebrity-inspired names can we expect to dominate in 2023? Read our predictions below for some offbeat and inspired possibilities!
Yes, the Harry and Meghan effect is very much real. Thanks to the royals choosing Archie for their son, the name is enjoying a renaissance in the US. The name fell off the popularity charts decades ago because of its association with Archie Bunker. Americans are following in the Brits’ footsteps (Archie has been a top 100 baby name in the UK for a century). Archie is a diminutive form of Archibald, of German origin, meaning “truly brave.”
Atlas was plucked from oblivion in 2012 by a number of parents who helped bring this name back into the top 1000 for the first time in over 122 years. Atlas then continued its meteoric rise to the top 500 just three years after reappearing on the list. There’s tons of momentum behind this name for boys today. Atlas has Greek origins that mean “bearer of the heavens.” Anne Heche was one of the first celebrity parents to make this bold choice, but she’s been followed by several other famous parents (including Shay Mitchell choosing it for her daughter), making it a solid celebrity baby name. A perfect name that evokes adventure, Atlas is just as cool and colorful as can be!
Boyish nicknames like Frankie and Charlie are on the rise, Nameberry notes. The same is true for Billie, which fell out of the top 1000 baby names for girls in 1997 only to return in 2021. Pop sensation Billie Eilish has helped put this name back on the map! Billie is a diminutive form of William, meaning “resolute protector.”
Bodhi Day is a Buddhist holiday in Winter, typically in December but sometimes in January. This name has become trendy for boys among parents who value meditation. It means “awakening.” Celebrities like Megan Fox, Teresa Palmer, and Amy Brenneman have all chosen the name in recent years.
After Scarlett Johansson chose Cosmo for her son in 2021, the baby name got an immediate boost. Prior, the appellation had not been widely used in the US since 1926. Cosmo is poised to soar in 2023 as more and more parents find the name unique and cute. Cosmo originated in Greek and means “order” and “beauty.”
Noah is one of the most popular boy names in America (and beyond) today. Its ubiquity has encouraged new parents to look for alternatives. Koa is as close as it comes. The name is a unisex Hawaiian appellation, meaning “warrior,” and it’s currently more popular for baby boys than girls in the US. Koa climbed the charts quickly, becoming one of the trendiest names for baby boys. Both Kian Egan and Thomas Dumont chose the name for their sons.
Ocean King PenaVega is the son of actors Carlos and Alexa PenaVega. Ocean is a delightful natural water name that could bring a little brightness to your child’s moniker. Ocean has yet to become as widespread as similar names Brooke and River, but we think it will be very trendy soon enough. It wears well on both boys and girls!
Why let Wednesday have all the fun? Sunday is currently the second most popular day name in the US. It could overtake Wednesday (but we will have to see what fans of the Netflix series will do). Sunday is an English word from Latin and means “day of the sun.” Surprise! Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban chose the name for their daughter, so it will likely be a hit.
The day names, they’re coming! Wednesday will enjoy some popular years thanks in no small part to the smash hit Netflix series of the same name. Wednesday is of English origin and belonged to a pagan god in the form of Woden. Wednesday translates to “Woden’s Day.” Rupert Grint and Georgia Groome chose this name for their daughter, born in 2020.
The dark horse for baby names in 2023? Wilde could be a massive hit. Wilde is an English surname that indeed means “wild.” It’s a sort of hero name that celebrates the clever Oscar Wilde. We like this name for any baby. Lily Cole used the Wylde spelling for her daughter. Eve and her partner Maximillion Cooper named their first child together Wild Wolf Fife Alexander Somers Cooper.
Parents are following Reese Witherspoon‘s lead after she named her son Tennessee James after the iconic playwright Tennessee Williams. Tennessee, the state, gets its name from a Cherokee town that means “meeting place.” An evocative choice for sure, we find Tennessee energetic and enduring.
Memphis has Greek and Coptic origins, meaning “enduring” and “beautiful.” Memphis is a much more common appellation for boys than girls, but it was given to at least one notable celebrity child. Bono and Ali Hewson chose the name Memphis Eve Sunny Day Hewson after her birth in 1991. Memphis makes the top 1000 most popular names for boys, but we like it for any baby. Other celebrities who chose this name include Corey Parker, Gord Bamford, and Danielle Colby Cushman.
Esmeralda has been climbing the top 1000 list since the 1950s and enjoyed its most popular year ever in the US last year. Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling named their first daughter Esmeralda. The name is popular with Hispanic parents and non-Spanish speakers alike. The name has Spanish and Portuguese origins meaning “emerald.” Along with other maximalist names, this one will be big in 2023.
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Amadeus is a baby name for boys of Latin origin, meaning “lover of God.” Unsurprisingly, this name has never been popular in the US, but that is likely to change. Both Mia Farrow and Boris Becker have used the name for their sons.
Ottoline is a French and English diminutive form of Ottilie, a German name that means “prosperous in battle.” Sienna Miller chose it as the middle name of her daughter Marlowe. Unique celebrity baby names tend to catch on.
We turn to Kate Winslet as she chose Blaze as a middle name for her son. Actor Jennifer Gareis and Bobby Ghassemieh chose it as the first name for their son, born in 2010. Blaze is given about twenty times more often to baby boys than girls, but it is still a unisex option. Blaze means “fire,” and we expect it to have a huge year in 2023.
Della was a very popular given name in the US prior to the 1970s. It fell out of fashion from 1977 through 2017 before it staged a comeback in 2018. This trendy baby name is sharply on the rise today, and it’s tracking to best its previous popularity in the next few years. Della is a diminutive form of Adela, a name of German origin that means “noble.” Sierra Dawn and Joe Anglim chose the name for their daughter in 2021.
Titan has emerged as a top 1000 baby name over the last several years. Singer Kelly Rowland & Tim Weatherspoon named one of their sons Titan Jewell after his birth in 2014. Titan has roots in Greek mythology as immortal giants called Titans. Titan means “defender.” It’s one of the celebrity baby names that was already trending but will likely continue to grow in popularity thanks to Rowland.
Blue is a popular unisex baby name among many celebrity parents. Blue Ivy is, of course, the name of Beyonce and Jay-Z‘s talented daughter. Blue is a color name that is often used as a middle name as well. Adele‘s middle name is Blue. Elijah Blue Allman is the son of Cher. Needless to say, this name is wildly popular among celebs, and we expect that to hold true for normal parents in 2023.
Sebastian offers up some excellent nickname possibilities with Seb, Baz, and Bas as possibilities. Sebastian was once seen as too frilly and complicated a name for boys, but that changed beginning in the 1960s. Today, the baby name is more popular than ever before. Sebastian comes from Greek origins and means “man from Sebastia.” Both Anderson Cooper and Wiz Khalifa chose the name for their sons, born in 2022.
Lyra is a musical baby name that comes from Greek and means “lyre.” It was a very appropriate choice for Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn (as well as Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum). Lyra has long been a popular baby name for girls in England, and it finally debuted in the top 1000 here in the US in 2015. Sheeran chose the middle name Antarctica, but you most certainly do not.
Emma Roberts and Garrett Hedlund announced the birth of their son in 2020. They chose the name Rhodes Robert, and we think Rhodes was wise. Rhodes is a posh baby name with Greek origins, meaning “where roses grow.” Expect this spectacular option to trend for both boys and girls in 2023.
Musicians Alani Morissette and partner Mario Souleye Treadway named their baby for a season. The couple named their son Winter Mercy Morissette-Treadway. “Winter’s Mercy” sounds like the name of a novel. This name is currently more popular for baby girls than boys, but we see the potential for it as a unisex option.
There you go! Now you know the celebrity baby names that will dominate in 2023. For even more celeb baby names, take a look at the boyish names for girls that celebrities are choosing, like Billie Lourd recently chose for her daughter, Jackson.
Very much a historically boys’ name in Italy, Luca is starting to be seen as a unisex possibility here. Jennie Garth used it for her girl. Also spelled Lucca, like the Italian city, it can also be considered one of the place names along with Venezia, Roma, and Milana that make great Italian baby names for your daughter. Luca means “from Lucania.”
The most enduringly iconic hero of Irish myth was Finn McCool, whose name is one of the chilliest ever. When used for a female protagonist of How to Make an American Quilt, it established its potential to work well for a girl. Finn is of Irish origin and means “fair.”
The unisex baby name Blake, which indeed has two conflicting meanings (“fair” and “dark-headed”), has a briskly vibrant image when utilized for a girl. Thirty years ago, no one would have predicted that Blake would take off as it has. It’s now in the top 500 most popular baby names for girls! Blake enjoys English origins, which help bring this appellation stately charm.
Arlo, a surprisingly popular choice for boys these days, is also finding new use as a girl’s name. The first name Arlo may be rooted in the surname Arlow or the place name Aherlow, meaning “between two highlands.” Leighton Meester and Adam Brody chose Arlo for one of their daughters.
Ryan might mean “little king,” but it’s clearly fit for a queen! Ryan has Irish origins and flare, and we love it for both genders. Today, Ryan is a top 500 choice for baby girls as well. We are so pleased, so many parents are attracted to this winning name.
Orion recently climbed into the US top 500 for the first time for little boys. We think its similarity in sound to Ryan could make it a candidate to be used as a unisex baby name. Orion enjoys Greek origins as a mythological hunter who was turned into a constellation that still bears the name. This rising star will get even better when girls use it.
Hunter gained momentum in the 1990s when it was particularly in vogue for babies. However, it seems to be experiencing a surge for females today! It was one of the fastest-rising names of 2013, jumping 266 spots back into the top 1000. Hunter is an English occupational name that means exactly what you think it does.
Nico was chosen by Thandiwe Newton for her daughter. We love it for girls, and it has a history as a nickname for Nicola. Either way, it is a shortened form of Nicholas, a Greek name, meaning “people of victory.” Nico has emerged as a popular name for boys, rising to the top 500 recently. We expect this name to catch on for girls very soon.
Tate is a Norse name that means “cheerful.” Even though it may sound blunt at first, consider that Kate is one of the most beloved names for girls around the world. Tate feels a touch stronger and will definitely help bring some freshness to classrooms and playgrounds. Tate is a top 1000 baby name for boys today, but the possibility of it for girls has begun.
This ancient Greek male name, a favorite in Britain, also enjoys an herbal quality that might explain its increasing use for girls. While the name Basil rhymes with dazzle, the herb has a long A, making the pronunciation BAY-zel. Our advice is to pronounce this name however you want, but our preference is bah-zil.
Israel joins a class of traditionally “male baby names” that celebrity parents have adopted for their daughters. Singer Andy Grammer named their daughter Israel “Izzy” Blue in 2020. Israel has Hebrew origins, of course, and means “one who struggles with God.”
“But it has the word ‘son’ in it!” you say. Yes, the English name Jameson does mean “James’ son,” just like Jackson. But, we think it is the perfect form of James for little girls. Jameson sounds lyrical and much better than the cutesy Jamie. Chynna Phillips and Billy Baldwin chose the name for their daughter. We feel that it sounds so substantial!
One recent baby names trend we can get behind is English occupational names being used for daughters. It’s happening now! Tanner, Mason, Chandler, and more are going to many baby girls today. Tanner means “leather tanner,” which did not scare comedian Rob Schneider from using it for his girl, Tanner Elle Schneider. Tanner is a top 500 name for boys in the US, and we can’t wait for it to arrive for girls as well!
Raleigh was last popular for baby boys in the 1960s before it fell from use. That may make it a prime candidate to get a little wild and use it for girls. Brooklyn, Austin, Bronx, and more now feel unisex. Why not Raleigh (it’s even got Leigh in it)? Raleigh is the name of a city in North Carolina, and it’s a surname that means “meadow of deer.” How lovely is that?
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As we mentioned, Shay Mitchell made waves when she chose the name Atlas for her daughter. You love making waves, don’t you? Atlas was a Greek Titan who held the earth. His Greek name means “bearer of the heavens.” Atlas has emerged as a top 300 choice for boys. We would not be surprised if it showed up there for girls in the next couple of years.
Lane is easily a unisex name that has been criminally underused for girls throughout the years. Lane was the 258th most popular pick for boys but did not even rank for girls. Of all the baby names on this list, Lane has to be one of the least offensive (for those who don’t like to make waves). Lane has English origins and means “a small path.”
Elisabeth Rohm named her daughter Easton August Anthony which goes to show you that gender 100% does not matter when it comes to a baby’s name. You can do it your way! Easton and other directional baby names are very hot for boys right now. Why not for girls? Easton has English origins and means “eastern town.” Easton is a top 100 name for boys, and it’s still on the rise. Expect to be addressing lady Eastons very, very soon.
The Reid spelling is shockingly more popular than the more straightforward and easy Reed for both boys and girls, though boys outrank girls with this appellation by about 40 to 1. Reid sounds great on any baby! The name has Irish origins and means “red-haired.” Perfect for your baby girl with auburn locks.
The rather metal-sounding Axel has Scandinavian origins and means “father of peace.” In France, you will find a female form of the name Axelle, emphasizing the “elle” bit. We are really fond of the original, Axel, for daughters. Axel is in the top 100 for boys; why let them have all the fun?
Andy has long been used as a nickname for girls named Andrea and boys named Andrew. We think Andy actually fits more for a little girl. Andrew is a Greek name that means “strong.” Jack and Lisa Osbourne named their little girl Andy Rose Osbourne. Not bad, right?
You might think Claude is the least appealing of all the baby names on this list. Yes, we tend to think of Claude as a boy name and Claudia and Claudette as a female, but this ancient clan name is used in France for girls and boys. You know what that means! You could employ one of the chicest names ever by choosing it for your daughter. Claude was last popular for girls in 1897 in the US (it nearly reached the top 500 in 1880). This name, with Latin origins, means “enclosure.”
Landon sits just outside the top 50 baby names for boys in the US. It’s a mystery to us why more parents have not adopted it for their daughters. Of the many surname-names out there, Landon feels more unisex than most. The name has English origins and means “long hill.”
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan named their daughter Maxima Chan, and she goes by Max. If you would like to cut straight to the chase and have no time for Maxine or Maxima, Max is such a lovely name for girls and boys. You better believe this name means “greatest.” Max is a top 200 name for boys today; let’s make that true for girls as well.
Thankfully, parents have been getting some things right. Charlie is the rare example of a baby name that’s popularity is split evenly between boys and girls. Charlie was long used as a nickname for Charlotte, so it’s only natural for parents to want the more casual-sounding appellation these days. Charlotte comes from Charles, which has French and German origins and means “free man.”
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Auden has yet to hit the top 1000 list in the US, but parents are taking note of this surname that works perfectly as a name for both boys and girls! Auden belonged to poet W.H. Auden, which might be perfect for parents who love poetry, art, and literature. This name will likely blow up in the coming years, so get ahead of the trend! Auden has English origins and means “old friend.” How special is that?
Now you know the boyish names that are trending for baby girls today.
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
- 1 Archie
- 2 Atlas
- 3 Billie
- 4 Bodhi
- 5 Cosmo
- 6 Koa
- 7 Ocean
- 8 Sunday
- 9 Wednesday
- 10 Wilde
- 11 Tennessee
- 12 Memphis
- 13 Esmeralda
- 14 Amadeus
- 15 Ottoline
- 16 Blaze
- 17 Della
- 18 Titan
- 19 Blue
- 20 Sebastian
- 21 Lyra
- 22 Rhodes
- 23 Winter
- 24 Luca
- 25 Finn
- 26 Blake
- 27 Arlo
- 28 Ryan
- 29 Orion
- 30 Hunter
- 31 Nico
- 32 Tate
- 33 Basil
- 34 Israel
- 35 Jameson
- 36 Tanner
- 37 Raleigh
- 38 Atlas
- 39 Lane
- 40 Easton
- 41 Reid
- 42 Axel
- 43 Andy
- 44 Claude
- 45 Landon
- 46 Max
- 47 Charlie
- 48 Auden
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