New Names Showdown 2017 Girls Semi FinalsThe new names showdown 2017 girls semifinals have arrived!

If you missed last week’s opening round, let’s recap. We’re trying to choose the name most likely to climb dramatically when the new numbers come out in May 2018. This is the girls’ contest; the boys’ semifinals will post tomorrow.

Last year’s winner, Arden, hasn’t quite lived up to the title. But on the boys’ side? Winning name Wilder has proven white hot.

Where did the names come from, you ask?

I went through the list of all 45 girls’ names new to the US Top 1000 this year, and picked eight.

A few of the contests were close!

  • Maren and Poppy traded places for days, but in the end, Maren prevailed by a mere six votes.
  • Calliope handily defeated Antonella, 66% to 34%.
  • Sylvie, a former March Madness Baby Names champ, defeated Louise, 61% to 39%.
  • Belle brought home the biggest victory, trouncing Davina 70% to 30%.

That means we have our contestants for the New Names Showdown 2017 Girls SemiFinals.

Ready, set, vote!

New Names Showdown 2017 Girls SemiFinals: Maren v. Belle

Two tailored names face off: the slim, international Maren versus the fairy tale Belle.

Maren carries multiple appealing meanings, and feels like a unisex name – while staying just on the right side of feminine. Beauty and the Beast made Belle famous, but this name feels less frilly than many a fictional princess name.

New Names Showdown 2017 Girls SemiFinals: Calliope v. Sylvie

Two fanciful names compete: musical Calliope challenges oh-so-French Sylvie.

Call Calliope a successor to Penelope, a name buoyed by that stylish Greek -e ending. No wonder parents love it! Sylvie makes our list of Appellation Mountain favorites, a name routinely suggested as a substitute for Ivy, Ava, or Sophie.

Thanks for voting! Check back next Friday to see which of your favorite names won the New Names Showdown 2017 Girls SemiFinals!

About Abby Sandel

Whether you're naming a baby, or just all about names, you've come to the right place! Appellation Mountain is a haven for lovers of obscure gems and enduring classics alike.

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What do you think?


  1. I have to confess my bias here. My middle name is Marin (mare IN). So, I have a soft spot for Maren.

  2. I am so surprised to see Poppy gone! I know of so many already, whereas I know of mayyyybe one Maren?