Top First Letters of U.S. Baby Names, 2017

What were the most popular first letters for baby names in 2017?

For girls, the most-used first letter was A, followed by M and E. The least-used first letter was U. Here’s the breakdown:

first letters, girl names, 2017

And here are the most-used girl names per letter for 2017:

For boys, the most-used first letter was J, followed by A and C. The least-used letter was U. Here’s the breakdown:

first letters, boy names, 2017

Here are the most-used boy names per letter for 2017:

Finally, here are both genders side-by-side on the same chart:

first letters, baby names, 2017

Overall, the top first letter was A and the least popular letter was U. Not much has changed since 2016


2 thoughts on “Top First Letters of U.S. Baby Names, 2017

  1. Would have picked Zoe as the top Z name forv girls, but very surprised that the Zoey spelling ranks higher.

  2. @FE – Zoey surpassed Zoe in the rankings in 2011:

    2012: 7466 girls named Zoey vs. 6455 girls named Zoe
    2011: 6399 girls named Zoey vs. 6303 girls named Zoe
    2010: 5207 girls named Zoey vs. 6266 girls named Zoe

    The “Zoey” spelling was helped along by the Nickelodeon show Zoey 101, which aired from 2005 to 2008.

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