Most popular baby names of 2012
Sophia and Jacob reign supreme.
Sophia, which took the crown as the No. 1 girls' name last year, is a Greek name that means "wisdom." It entered the top 10 in 2006.
Arya and Major were the fastest-rising names for 2012. Arya's popularity stems from the show and book "Game of Thrones," while Major is a military name featured on reality TV show "Home by Novogratz."
Second-fastest risers Gael and Perla are widely used by parents of Spanish descent.
The complete top 10 are:
Liam is the upset entry to the top 10, making the list for the first time. An Irish short form of William, Liam didn't enter the U.S. top 1,000 until 1967. Its popularity has been spurred by celebrity Liam Neeson. Liam replaces Daniel.
Elizabeth climbed back onto the girls' top 10, unseating Chloe.
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Classic Emma, once No. 1, climbed higher on the list to the No. 2 spot, while Kardashian-inspired Mason held onto the No. 2 ranking for boys.
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People went nuts with the thumbs-down thingy whenever someone posted the truth. Defensive much? Unfortunately, their kids will pay the price one day. As TurboDiesel said, there is NO WAY to know "who" your kids will be one day.
I will always view Emma/Emily as ugly, infirm, and old ladyish no matter what anyone says. Pile on the thumbs-downs, I don't care. Just for your own information, look up the word "emetic," which sounds too much like these names for comfort and see what it means. I wouldn't foist that on an insect, let alone a pet or a child.
Fad followers are SHEEPLE. Sheep/people who follow the herd and can't think for themselves. No originality. It's sad, especially for the children stuck with those names.
Most popular names lists are great. They remind me what NOT to name my kid. Mix in a little common sense, and you can come up with a respectable name for your child. Stay away from fads, nigga names, and anything that is a derivative of smoking too much dope or crack and you'll have a good name for your baby.
I feel strongly the name should reflect who they are. The first name should always be one that is short to medium in length if the last name is long, or over 8 or 9 letters. If it's a boy he should have a masculine name and a girl should have a feminine name. Your first name seldom ever changes- So give consideration when picking a name. Also, don't go for the fad names it gives away your age later in life. In my graduating class with 132 graduates, I counted according to the year book of the class: Girls - there were 8 Judy's; 8 Sandra's; 7 Sharon's, 9 Karen's; and 6 Carol's. For the boys: 8 John's; 6 Edward's; 6 Tom's; 7 Dennis' and 4 Robert's. So today everyone knows they were probably born in the 1950s.
If you really like a name, or it's a family name back 4 generations - go for it! But please don't name him/her with a name NO one can pronounce.
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