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When Aidan met Sophia

BabyCenter announces the 100 most popular baby names in 2012.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Nov 29, 2012 7:27PM

Way to go, Aidan. You’ve held on to the No. 1 spot for eight straight years. Sophia, you’re doing all right, too, with three years of bragging rights in the top position. We welcome Jack and Mia, new to the top 10 this year.

Today, BabyCenter released its annual list of top 100 baby names for 2012. The list is based on nearly half a million babies born this year to mothers registered with the BabyCenter website.

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So, why do these names have staying power?

“Part of the reason it stays No. 1 is you can spell it in 45 different ways,” BabyCenter’s Global Editor-in-Chief Linda Murray commented on the name Aidan today on the Today show. “Moms love it.” Just last year, rocker Rod Stewart and his wife, Penny Lancaster Stewart welcomed their own little Aidan into the world.

After Aidan (or Aiden or Aden), the most chosen names on the boys list are Jackson, Ethan, Liam, Mason, Noah, Lucas, Jacob, Jayden and Jack. As for the girls list, top picks include Emma, Olivia, Isabella, Ava, Lily, Zoe, Chloe and Madison.

Beyond the top 10, BabyCenter discovered name trends influenced by the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy (Ana, Grey and Anastasia are up, while Christian is down), members of the English-Irish boy band, One Direction, and popular sitcom actress, Betty White.

Carrie Mazur of Gaithersburg, Md., chose the name Aidan for her son because she and her husband loved how it sounds.

"It also means 'little fire,' which sums up his in utero antics and life since birth," quipped the mother of two. “What's becoming more important to new parents is finding a name with meaning,” Murray said, noting that Sophia means “wisdom."

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Nov 30, 2012 11:50PM
Boly has it right. You don't find successful people in the business place with weird names.
Nov 30, 2012 9:28PM
How about Skyler? I see a lot more people being named that.
Nov 30, 2012 7:10PM

My kids have common names (Kristen & Tyler) & my grandsons (Andrew, Alex & Mason) do too. My siblings & I have have common names (Susan, Jan & Mark), with our last name my mother thought it best to give us something easy to spell AND pronounce. I had several people in my class with the same name as me & I hated it. It isn't what I'd have chosen for myself but I like it now. I do NOT like it shortened to Sue though. I prefer Susan. Sue just doesn't fit me...at least in MY mind!


I like the trend of using last names as first names...Kennedy, Mason, Cassidy. I'm not so sure of the "grandma" names coming back...Mabel just doesn't fit a baby, does it? But my grandmother would be surprised that her name has become popular again...she did NOT want any of us to use her name with our children because she hated it ~ Isabelle. I like the name better with the an "a" though ~ Isabella. I guess everything comes back around. I never hear a baby being named Susan any more though. I like Susie for the baby...I was Susie to my older cousins for a lot of years.

Nov 30, 2012 5:54PM
My sons name is Talon and daughter Natalie. I love their names and they fit perfectly! 
Nov 30, 2012 5:54PM
My sons name is Talon and daughter Natalie. I love their names and they fit perfectly! 
Nov 30, 2012 5:47PM
My kids are Marissa Mae and Spenser James... those were the two names I picked when I first got pregnant...good thing I had one of each
Nov 30, 2012 2:30PM
I named my boys William Thomas after both Grandpas and the Gary Lee after my brother who passed and Garys Dad and then my daughter is Tiffany Renee, husband picked Tiffany from General Hospital and Renee is after a very special cousin. I still love the names I picked and my kids are happy with their names. All the names are special to me. I didn't like nicknames, it is William, Gary and Tiffany.
Nov 30, 2012 1:59PM
I see LOTS of the name "Nevaeh".  Awww..."heaven" backwards...NO...stop, please!! It's not cute anymore.
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