Baby Names

The Most Popular Boy Name of 2017 Is Actually Kind of Cool

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There are literally thousands and thousands of names to consider when naming your baby. Everyone has their own system for picking the perfect name. And while many parents want something unique, sometimes that unique name turns out to be incredibly popular. The most popular boys name of 2017 isn’t one you hear everyday, but we totally love it and can see why so many parents chose it this year.

According to Nameberry, the most popular boy name in 2017 was … Atticus!

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We love it! Like, really love it. It’s classic and strong and has a nice historical and literary background. There’s nothing wrong with more common names like Michael or Christopher, but there’s just something so cool about the name Atticus.

The name Atticus means “from Attica”. He was an important Roman literary figure named for the region around Athens. But most people recognize the name from Harper Lee’s classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Atticus Finch is the hero character in the book, father to Scout and Jem, and defender of Tom Robinson. Gregory Peck played Atticus in the film adaptation, and his portrayal of the character earned him the title of “Greatest Hero in American film.” It feels like maybe, with the events of the past year, the character of Atticus Finch and all he stands for really resonated with parents.

Atticus certainly isn’t a common name, but is it really all that unusual?

We’ve heard some REALLY out there baby names. And certainly, some names seem strange to some parents, while totally normal to others. Once upon a time, a name like River for a boy or Elliott for a girl would’ve seemed weird. But as more and more parents think outside of the box when it comes to baby names, unusual names are starting to make a comeback.

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