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Most Popular Baby Names of 2012

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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?

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24 Responses to “Most Popular Baby Names of 2012”

  1. Nicole November 30, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    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 November 30, 2012 at 11:49 am #

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

  3. Melissa December 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

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

  4. Sonya Morris December 2, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

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

  5. Molly Bussler December 3, 2012 at 9:40 am #

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

  6. Karen December 3, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    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 December 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

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

  8. Kaylie W December 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

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

  9. Cathrine Dorceant-Riviere December 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    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 December 4, 2012 at 5:06 am #

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

  11. Brittney Reader December 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

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

  12. Angie Vinez December 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    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 December 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    Love how older names make their way back.

  14. Ashley Morrissey December 5, 2012 at 1:59 am #

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

  15. Lisa Ellis December 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    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. December 5, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

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

  17. cynthia December 7, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    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. Crunchy Con Mommy December 7, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    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 December 7, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    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. December 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    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 December 8, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    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 December 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    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 December 9, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

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

  24. Gianna December 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

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

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