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Most Popular Baby Names of 2012

BabyCenter has just released the highly anticipated most popular baby names of 2012! It looks like parents have found inspiration everywhere from pop culture novels like 50 Shades of Gray to timeless fairy tales. Watch the interview of BabyCenter’s global editor in chief, Linda Murray, on NBC’s -TV’s Today Show to hear more about these top 100 names and more!

Check out the list – is your baby’s name on it? Where did you get the inspiration for your baby’s name?

Posted November 30, 2012

by MichelleH

24 Comments

24 Responses

  1. Nicole says:

    Our daughter’s name is Audrey Elizabeth. We knew we would use the middle name becasue it’s a family name, but were stuck on the first. I loved so many names but was shot down by my husband every time. Then one day I heard the name “Audrey”. When I told my husband he said “it sounds like a nuns name. It’s perfect!” :)

  2. Michelle says:

    That is HILARIOUS Nicole! We love her name. It is very elegant.

  3. Melissa says:

    I like the name Henry for a boy. And if I ever have another girl maybe Ciera.

  4. Sonya Morris says:

    My youngest daughter’s name is number 4 on the list. I had no idea Isabella was getting so popular!

  5. Molly Bussler says:

    I like all of these names, but I think it needs to go outside the box more often.

  6. Karen says:

    My new nephew’s name ranks first! My guess is my sister never made it past the “A” section of the baby name book! lol

  7. naomi c says:

    i always get nervous about names – i want something unique – but who knows what will be unique next year!?

  8. Kaylie W says:

    I have always loved the name Liam but not sure I will ever use it considering how popular it has become.

  9. When my husband and I were coming up with baby names Ethan Anil Riviere is what we came up with for a boy. But the lord blessed us with a lovely baby girl on the way so we came up with Lauryn Mae Riviere for her. I just think its funny because I had no idea how popular the name Ethan was this year. Ava was an option but we went with Lauryn because my husband couldn’t remember the name Ava to save his life. But for some reason Lauryn stuck with him since day one so it seemed like that had to be the one.

  10. Richard Hicks says:

    I like Ethan and Emma out of the names the best. Always a tough choice when the time comes!

  11. Brittney Reader says:

    I would rather be original than use the most popular baby names.

  12. Angie Vinez says:

    I have 6 kids (soon to be 7!), and I am SOOOO thankful that not one of my kids’ names are on the most popular list now. I made that mistake back when my daughter was born – in 1997. I named her Ashley. Every year she’s been in school, there have been at least 2 other Ashleys in her class. Incredibly frustrating, and gives them no individuality.

  13. Jill L says:

    Love how older names make their way back.

  14. Ashley Morrissey says:

    Ahh, my niece has the number one girl’s name! Luckily, my sons name isn’t on there :)

  15. Lisa Ellis says:

    well looks like my son’s name is #4 – Liam. I wanted a different name but my husband and i couldn’t agree. Guess he’ll be 1 of 10 Liam’s in his kindergarden class !!!

  16. Laura C. says:

    My daughter’s name is in the top ten but not the top five. Thanks!

  17. cynthia says:

    My 2 daughter’s names didnt make the list and neither did the names I have picked out for my baby due in April. My sister has a baby due in March and her baby’s name is number 2 on the girls list.

  18. We tend to prefer really classic names, so all the boys names we like, plus my son’s name and husband’s name, are in the top 50. None of the girls’ names are. Funny how much more trendy girl names tend to be!!

  19. Toni says:

    My son and daughter’s names are both in the top twenty five but baby #3′s name isn’t on the top 100 (yet!)

  20. Tania L. says:

    My daughter’s name is not on the top 100 for the US but it is on the top 10 for France!

  21. Joanne Gregory says:

    One can usually guess the generation group by the name. In trying to be different, often we are all the same.

  22. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I have a niece named Olivia, but that’s it for our names on the list. Who knew Olivia or Sophia would be so popular?

  23. Laura Jacobson says:

    Oh I LOVE Emma! Aiden and Jackson I have not heard to much of until just recently!

  24. Gianna says:

    I see one out of both and i’m currently looking for another!

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