Top Baby Name Trends for 2023

2023 will bring with it a clear shift in baby naming trends as a result of the major events that the world has gone through over the past few years. 

2020 to 2022 was a period of intense uncertainty for many reasons. From the pandemic to the war in Ukraine, these global events have had a major effect on the world views of many parents. And they have reacted by rebelling and wanting to show the world that their lives will go on despite it all. This feeling will be reflected in how babies will be named this year. 

The result of this is that parents are more individualistic than before. And names that were fashionable not too long ago are being abandoned in favor of new trends. Here are some of the top baby name trends you should expect in 2023: 

  1. Gilded names

Gilded names are names that evoke or directly reference gold. They are bright, optimistic, luxurious, and more popular than ever before with parents in 2023. Here are some of the top gilded names this year: 

  • Apollo
  • Aura
  • Aurelia
  • Eos
  • Golden
  • Goldie
  • Glow
  • Halo
  • Helios
  • Lucien
  • Marigold
  • Oriana
  • Royalty
  • Shine
  • Solana
  • Soleil
  • Sovereign
  • Sterling
  • Sunniva
  • Sunshine
  1. Western names

Cowboys are cool this year following the success of western shows like Outer Range. The back-to-basics mentality that has taken over the world in recent months may also have something to do with it as well. Because of this, more and more parents are choosing simple names that gravitate toward themes of rural living and nature. 

Here are some of the top western names:

  • Beck
  • Boone
  • Brando
  • Briggs
  • Django
  • Dutton
  • Foster
  • Huck
  • Jones
  • Reeve
  • Rhodes
  • Ridge
  • Royal
  • Sayer
  • Steele
  • Wade
  • Walker
  • Wilder
  1. 4-Letter names ending in “I”

This is a surprising new trend that is set to become even more popular as the year progresses. The best part about such names is that they are simple and cross-cultural, and anyone can read them and pronounce them correctly no matter what language they speak. Here are some popular choices: 

  • Bibi
  • Gigi
  • Indi
  • Joni
  • Kali
  • Kiki
  • Leni
  • Lili
  • Lumi
  • Mari
  • Mimi
  • Nori
  • Rafi
  • Rani
  • Remi
  • Rumi
  • Suki
  • Tav
  • Yuki
  • Zuri
  1. Names with the letter “X”

X is the coolest letter of the year with many popular name choices incorporating it at the beginning, middle, or end. Here are some of the most popular ones: 

  • Ajax
  • Beaux
  • Bellatrix
  • Bronx
  • Calix
  • Dixie
  • Eryx
  • Felix
  • Fox
  • Hendrix
  • Huxley
  • Jinx
  • Maxine
  • Moxie
  • Nixie
  • Nyx
  • Pax
  • Pixie
  • Rex
  • Trixie
  • Xenia
  • Xia
  • Xiomara
  1. Maximalist names

More is more once more with the rise of maximalist names. Drama and opulence are attractive and names from high fantasy, literature, history, and legend will see a surge in popularity this year. Everyone wants their baby to exhibit that strong main character energy. 

Here are some of the top maximalist baby names: 

  • Amadeus
  • Andromeda
  • Cassiopeia
  • Cleopatra
  • Euphemia
  • Evadne
  • Iolanthe
  • Lazarus
  • Lysander
  • Mazikeen
  • Morpheus
  • Oberon
  • Octavius
  • Persephone
  • Perseus
  • Valerian
  • Wednesday
  • Wolfgang
  • Zephyrine
  1. Retro names from the 80s

2023 will see a surge of 80s-inspired names, primarily due to the success of many modern shows based on that era such as Stranger Things. These retro names will also be inspired by pop culture classics like Back to the Future and other shows, movies, and books from that period. 

Here are some of the top retro names from the 80s: 

  • Billy
  • Chrissy
  • Dallas
  • Eddie
  • Hank
  • Heather
  • Johnny
  • Julie
  • Marty
  • Ned
  • Robin
  • Richie
  • Sandy
  • Sonny
  • Suzie
  • Todd
  • Penny
  1. Adjective names

Yet another interesting trend this year involves names that are also adjectives. They sound more intentional than regular names and convey exactly what the parents’ intentions are in a mean-what-they-say sort of way. Here is a look at some popular ones: 

  • Brave
  • Bright
  • Divine
  • Eternal
  • Glorious
  • Heavenly
  • Legendary
  • Lovely
  • Lucky
  • Majestic
  • Noble
  • Powerful
  • Righteous
  • Savvy
  • Sincere
  • Stellar
  • True
  • Valiant
  • Wavy
  • Wild
  • Worthy
  1. Boy names for girls

In keeping with subverting expectations, many parents this year will give their little princesses boy names. Most of these names are short, cute, and sound like nicknames, which makes them instantly stand out. Here are a few examples: 

  • Andie
  • August
  • Billie
  • Bobbie
  • Clarke
  • Drew
  • Frankie
  • Gene
  • Georgie
  • Iggy
  • Jasper
  • Joey
  • Jude
  • Lou
  • Max
  • Miller
  • Monroe
  • Murphy
  • Ozzie
  • Rudy
  • Scottie
  • Stevie
  1. Nature-inspired names

Nature-inspired names, particularly ones that evoke imagery of the colors blue and green, have been surging in popularity over the last couple of years. This trend does not seem to be going anywhere any time soon. Here are a few examples:

  • Azure
  • Bluebell
  • Blues
  • Caspian
  • Cielo
  • Cyan
  • Emerald
  • Fern
  • Forest
  • Indigo
  • Ivy
  • Lazuli
  • Lupine
  • Marina
  • Moss
  • Navy
  • Ocean
  • Rainey
  • Rivers
  • Sapphire
  • Sky
  • Storm
  • Wave
  1. Mix and match names

More and more parents are also inventing their own name versions for their kiddos. This is often achieved by mixing and matching parts of existing names to come up with an entirely unique name. The result is a series of fresh-sounding names that have a timeless vibe about them. Here are a few examples: 

  • Aylani
  • Beauden
  • Bowyn
  • Braven
  • Caliana
  • Dariel
  • Emberly
  • Foxton
  • Icelyn
  • Islamae
  • Kehlani
  • Maebry
  • Novarae
  • Rhyett
  • Riverly
  • Romer
  • Winry
  • Woodson
  • Zakhai

Final Thoughts

So there you have it; our compilation of some of the names that you can expect to truly blow up this year. While some of these trends are new, a lot of them are simply continuations of existing trends with a bit of freshness added on to keep things interesting. So which one was your favorite?