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Most popular baby names of 2012

Sophia and Jacob reign supreme.

By Nameberry.com May 9, 2013 5:57PM

The most popular baby names of 2012 are officially here, with Sophia and Jacob holding onto their No. 1 spots.


Jacob remains the most popular name for boys for the 14th year in a row.  An Old Testament name that means “supplanter” and a cousin of JamesJacob has been in the top 10 for two decades.

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 Social Security Administration announced the 2012 Most Popular Baby Names on its website this afternoon.

The complete top 10 are:


  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Isabella
  4. Olivia
  5. Ava
  6. Emily
  7. Abigail
  8. Mia
  9. Madison
  10. Elizabeth


  1. Jacob
  2. Mason
  3. Ethan
  4. Noah
  5. William
  6. Liam
  7. Jayden
  8. Michael
  9. Alexander
  10. Aiden

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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