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.
Bing: Unusual baby names
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.
More from MSN Living:
Photo credit: Kristin Duvall/Getty Images
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.
News, stories, tips and laughs for moms & dads
Megan Davies Mennes has been blogging and posting photos of her son Quinn online for some time now. Quinn has Down syndrome, and Mennes has dealt with a few nasty comments here and there, the type of stuff you'd expect to encounter on the Internet.
From a cozy-chic hotel by the seashore in Los Angeles that doubles as a home away from home to a nature-lover’s tropical paradise in Costa Rica, each of these properties is a family-friendly in its own special way.
Two controversial science projects resembled weapons, school officials said.
Must-haves for every mommy on the road
What are we teaching our children when we focus on their achievements rather than their kindness?
Discover the seemingly insignificant things that can affect your chances of getting pregnant.
A thrill-obsessed subculture claimed another life this week.
A few suggested answers for the diciest questions
Here's our list of fifteen moms in the food industry that deserve some recognition.
The site gets high marks for its user-friendly interface and excellent and responsive customer service. And the reviews are also pretty accurate. Compare amenities and prices next to a hotel's in the same area, and you're likely to see Airbnb come out on top.
We captured a frame-by-frame look just for you.
Other moms can be ruthless when it comes to picking apart your parenting choices. From dissing your decision to go back to work to criticizing when you started baby on solids, here are the most ridiculous comments moms have heard. Bonus, we’ve got just the right way to respond to the haters! You’re welcome.