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Top baby names of 2023 so far and trends to expect

Discover 2023's most popular baby names of the year so far

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Chloe Best
Lifestyle Features Editor
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Choosing a baby name is one of the biggest decisions you make for your newborn, and one that will stay with them for the rest of their lives, so it's important to take time to consider its meaning and how it will work at different stages of their life to ensure you don't regret your choice further down the line.

While some parents take inspiration from everything from royal baby names to their favourite movies, there are new trends and popular names to look out for in 2023. Read on to discover the year's top baby names and their meanings, along with the luckiest boys and girls monikers, and key baby name trends to inspire you for your bundle of joy.

Need more inspiration? Watch the video below to see 20 of the most original celebrity baby names…

Global top baby names of 2023 so far

BabyCenter uses data from their website to share a live look at the names parents are loving right now – showing the most popular baby names worldwide in real time.

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Their list shows that while the top 2022 baby names of Olivia and Liam remain popular, other names including Emma, Amelia and Noah are proving to be firm favourites among prospective parents in 2023. See the top 50 boys' and girls' names of 2023 so far below…

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Choosing a baby name is a big decision

Global top 50 baby girls' names of 2023

  1. Olivia
  2. Emma
  3. Amelia
  4. Sophia
  5. Ava
  6. Charlotte
  7. Isabella
  8. Mia
  9. Luna
  10. Lily
  11. Gianna
  12. Aurora
  13. Harper
  14. Evelyn
  15. Aria
  16. Ellie
  17. Violet
  18. Sofia
  19. Layla
  20. Mila
  21. Eliana
  22. Willow
  23. Nova
  24. Hazel
  25. Ella
  26. Camila
  27. Scarlett
  28. Elena
  29. Emily
  30. Maya
  31. Chloe
  32. Elizabeth
  33. Ivy
  34. Avery
  35. Grace
  36. Nora
  37. Isla
  38. Penelope
  39. Abigail
  40. Naomi
  41. Eleanor
  42. Emilia
  43. Zoey
  44. Kinsley
  45. Delilah
  46. Athena
  47. Victoria
  48. Leilani
  49. Madison
  50. Paisley

Global top 50 baby boys' names of 2023 so far

  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. Oliver
  4. Elijah
  5. Mateo
  6. Lucas
  7. Leo
  8. James
  9. Levi
  10. Ezra
  11. Asher
  12. Ethan
  13. Luca
  14. Sebastian
  15. Hudson
  16. Aiden
  17. Theo
  18. Jack
  19. Henry
  20. Kai
  21. Mason
  22. Michael
  23. Jackson
  24. Maverick
  25. Muhammad
  26. Logan
  27. Benjamin
  28. Gabriel
  29. Grayson
  30. Luke
  31. Josiah
  32. Alexander
  33. Daniel
  34. Waylon
  35. Jayden
  36. Owen
  37. Julian
  38. William
  39. Elias
  40. Samuel
  41. Carter
  42. Theodore
  43. Caleb
  44. Thomas
  45. Wyatt
  46. David
  47. Isaiah
  48. Miles
  49. Eli
  50. Ezekiel

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US top baby names of 2023 so far

Data from Nameberry suggests that parents are looking for something a little more unique when naming their bundle of joy, with names including Luxury, Royal and Soren among the most-viewed boys and girls names of 2023 so far.

The data shows that while the names are currently well outside the official top 100 names in the US, their surging popularity suggests it won't be long before they become more common among the new generation of 2023 babies, and there's some celebrity-influenced names making the cut, too.

Aire, the name Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott chose for their baby son after switching his original moniker of Wolf, has skyrocketed to become the most-viewed boys' name. Meanwhile, more classical names such as Aurora, Ophelia and Aurelia – as chosen by Millie Mackintosh for her second daughter - are surging in popularity for girls.

Top 25 US girls' names of 2023 so far

  1. Luxury
  2. Maeve
  3. Aurelia
  4. Isla
  5. Eloise
  6. Alice
  7. Luna
  8. Aurora
  9. Ophelia
  10. Evangeline
  11. Violet
  12. Iris
  13. Cora
  14. Daphne
  15. Eleanor
  16. Clara
  17. Freya
  18. Charlotte
  19. Phoebe
  20. Josephine
  21. Ava
  22. Matilda
  23. Lucy
  24. Amelia
  25. Clementine

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Top 25 US boys' names of 2023 so far

  1. Royal
  2. Soren
  3. Theodore
  4. Silas
  5. Atticus
  6. Felix
  7. Oliver
  8. Arlo
  9. Aire
  10. Hugo
  11. Cassius
  12. Oscar
  13. Caspian
  14. August
  15. Otto
  16. Milo
  17. Jude
  18. Cyrus
  19. Finn
  20. Sebastian
  21. Ethan
  22. Atlas
  23. Miles
  24. Ezra
  25. Kai

Most popular lucky baby names for 2023

If you want to ensure your little one has a life filled with good fortune and prosperity, you may want to consider one of these names that are associated with luck. utilised to find out which most desired names are associated with luck, and partnered up with psychic expert Inbaal Honigman to delve into what the names can mean for parents and their newborns.

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They found that Rafael is the most desired baby name associated with luck, with 3,160,411 people bearing this name worldwide. Rafael has biblical connotations, being the name of the angel of healing.

"It's a wonderful name to pick for a life of healthy living, healthy relationships and healthy decision-making. The feminine version is Rafaella," Inbaal says.

Victoria Beckham Tiffany party© Photo: Getty Images

Victoria is considered one of the luckiest names 

In second place is Victoria, with 2,626,923 people claiming this name worldwide. The name means 'victory' in English, descending from a Goddess of Roman mythology, and various famous figures have embodied this name's meaning, including Queen Victoria and her victorious rule, and Victoria Beckham with her successful career.

"Victoria is not subtle about its blessings," Inbaal explains. "Sharing a name with the Roman Goddess of Victory, Victoria draws luck in the field of winning."

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Meanwhile, Lakshmi is in third place, with 2,570,558 people named after the Hindu goddess. Inbaal states: "Lakshmi is a Goddess of abundance and good fortune. As Goddess of luck, sharing her name will inevitably bring luck. The name can be used both for baby boys and baby girls."

Top 5 lucky girls' names

  1. Victoria
  2. Lakshmi
  3. Beatrice
  4. Sadia
  5. Iris

Top 5 lucky boys' names

  1. Rafael
  2. Felix
  3. Said
  4. Ganesh
  5. Ayman

Other baby name trends for 2023

Eco-friendly baby names have become increasingly popular in recent years, with a 2020 study showing thay 18% of parents now give their children names inspired by nature – and it looks set to continue into 2023.

RecycleZone analysed the most eco-friendly names on Nameberry to reveal the most common baby name for the eco-conscious, with Kai – as chosen by Wayne and Coleen Rooney for one of their four sons – taking the top spot for boys.

The most popular eco-friendly girls' name, meanwhile, is Rose, followed by Stella, Iris, and Dawn.

Top 5 eco-friendly girls' names

  1. Rose
  2. Stella
  3. Iris
  4. Dawn
  5. Aurora

Top 5 eco-friendly boys' names

  1. Kai
  2. Jay
  3. Oliver
  4. Leo
  5. Eden

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