Baby Names Parents Aren't Choosing This Year

Updated on January 27, 2017

Some popular names that have been at the top of lists of baby names over the years will not be chosen in 2017. According to Laura Wattenberg, founder of BabyNameWizard, many of the names that were once popular have lost their flavor.

Baby names, like so many other things, are changing with the trends. Names, like fashions, music, and other things go out of style and are replaced by things considered to be more modern. Celebrities are choosing odd names for their babies, such as Saint, Apple, Dream, and Suri.

If you have noticed, celebrities are choosing names of things for their babies. For examples, Saint, Apple, Dream and Sage.

This is not to say that the names that are disappearing this year will not ever be popular again. We just have to wait to see if they will come back in style. In the meantime, just look around and name your baby after something in your kitchen cabinet, in your office, or in your bedroom.


The name Anita is not popular anymore. However, it was in the 1950s. Down through the ages, fewer and fewer parents are naming their babies Anita.


The name Brenda dates back to the 1950s, but it made a comeback in the 1990s. The name appears to be fading in popularity again. If history repeats itself, the name Brenda will return as a popular name again. However, don't expect parents to name their baby girls Brenda in 2017.

Britney Spears



When one thinks of a Britney, singer Britney Spears comes to mind. The name Britney is fading away because so many new names are following the trends.


Carrie is known to some as an old-fashioned name. After all, it dates back to the 1880s. Think of all the Carries you know, don't they remind you of older people?


Cindy is thought to be the nickname for Cynthia. Even so, parents are omitting it from their list of names for their baby girls. Cynthia has not been a popular name for a long time. It was once a good option for a girl's name back in the 1960s.


The name Denise has been popular as a first name as well as a middle name. Everybody probably knows someone named Denise.


Heather used to be a popular name for girls in the 1970s. It is being retired this year perhaps because it has been overused over the years. It is almost guaranteed that everybody knows someone named Heather.

Perhaps there is a Heather on your job, in your class, or in your neighborhood. While Heather is a beautiful name, it will not be a popular name in 2017.

Kristen Bell



Kathleen was a popular name during the '50s, but it is disappearing from the list of popular names for 2017.


Kristen has been a very popular name in the past. It was very popular in the 1980s, but it will not be popular in 2017. You probably have heard of the following Kristens who are celebrities.

  • Kristen Wiig
  • Kristen Bell
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Kristen Johnston


Usually, people whose real name is Michael are called Mike. That is not true in all cases. For instance, the following Michaels are addressed by their full name.

  • Michael Strahan
  • Michael Douglas
  • Michael Learned (who is a woman)
  • Michael J. Fox
  • Michael Jordan
  • Michael Jackson

The above list proves that even though Michael will not be a popular name in 2017, it surely has been a popular name among celebrities in the past.

Michael Strahan



The name Pamela was popular in the 1950s but not in 2017. There are so many other unique names parents can choose from. Pamela is losing in popularity and is not one of those names.

Sterling K. Brown as Randall On 'This Is Us'



The name Randall is disappearing. That's too bad because the adopted child on the popular NBC television show, This Is Us, is named Randall. Maybe it will make a comeback, but in 2017 it is not on the popular list of names for boys.

Susan Lucci



Sharon is another vintage name dating back to the 1940s. It is unlikely that many parents will name their girls Sharon in 2017.


Sheila was a popular name in the 1960s. If you know anyone named Sheila, it is probably someone in their 60s or close to that age.

It is interesting that this name is spelled in different ways. While pronounced the same, it can be spelled Sheila, Shiela, and Sheilah.


Susan was a popular name in the 1950s but not so much in 2017. Parents just aren't naming their babies Susan as often as they used to.

Susan B. Anthony, Susan Sontag and Susan Lucci are people named Susan that you might be familiar with.

Was your name on the list of names that are going out of fashion?

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