We've already shared our personal predictions of which baby names will be big next year, but the experts at Nameberry have now published their official list, and their findings are an interesting read whether you have a little one on the way or not.
These will be the prevailing baby-naming trends of 2017:
Apparently, names inspired by multicultural mythology will be popular next year – Thor, Persephone, Odin, Freya, Jupiter, Luna, Atlas, Clio, Orion, Morrigan, Pandora and Zeus. Slightly more worrying is the prediction that evil baby names will make a return – e.g. Lucifer and Kali.
There is a lot to be said for giving your son or daughter instant intellectual credibility from the offset. The most favoured names are those that come from childhood literary characters, like Sawyer, Matilda, Holden and Orlando. Also gaining popularity are authors' names, both first and last, including Austen, Brontë, Poe, Wilde and Zadie.
The moniker of the latest Kardashian baby, Dream, has managed to spark a trend for naming children after positive virtues – think Justice, True, Grace and Zen.
We may still be yet to have a female president, but Nameberry hypothesises that parents will continue to adopt the first names and sometimes surnames of their feminist heroines – consider Ruth (Bader Ginsburg), Simone (de Beauvoir and Biles), Emmeline (Pankhurst) and Frida (Kahlo).
Names starting with 'O'
Names beginning with this vowel are gaining traction, for example Olivia, Olive, Ophelia, Oscar, Oliver and Owen.
Preppy boys' names
With the politics now dominated by conservative parties in the US and the UK, preppy boys' names have risen to the fore – as in Brooks, Hayes, Briggs and Yates. There's also still a draw to Downton Abbey names, such as Sybil, Cora and Mary.
River Phoenix's parents were ahead of the game on this one. Apparently, the most fashionable names of next year will be water-related – Bay, Lake, Ocean, River and Nile.
Via Harper's Bazaar UK