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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 4:40AM
Nov 30, 2012 4:38AM

My daughter is named Avalon and yes, I am asked if I named her after a Toyota A LOT. No, I did not name her after a car, but (and this 100% true) I did meet a distant cousin of mine after my daughter was born named Carolla. I'm thinking I may try to get a commercial out of this. ;-)


I did my homework to pick out a name that symbolized the attributes I wanted my child to possess. For those out there who think a name has no bearing on the child's personality and pick a name just because it sounds cool, think again. If you want an example of what a child named Avalon is like, watch the movie Brave.

Nov 30, 2012 4:37AM
Social Security Administration lists Aiden much lower. This list is crap, and so are all the names in the top ten. Half of those names don't transition well to adulthood. Hope you gave them a good middle name they can go by...
Nov 30, 2012 4:27AM

I bring my kids to the park and I feel like all the kids there have the same name.  Sophia, Olivia, and Aiden and Jackson.  I'm still shocked people are still naming their kids these names. 

Nov 30, 2012 4:20AM
so sick of boring women whose boys names have to end in "an" or "en". I have to remember how copy catty 20 year old women are. dont think outside the box, please. Aiden, Jayden, Devan, evan....I hope none of them want to be lawyers or doctors, I would never ever hire an Aiden for anything other than maybe a bartender.
Nov 30, 2012 4:19AM
My husband chose our sons name John, it was so thoroughly bland I fought back when our daughter was born and named her Gentry. Realizing we should compromise our next daughter we mutually named Charlotte, a mix of classy and not too overused. That is probably the best way to go. :)
Nov 30, 2012 4:17AM
Named my daughter Crete, no, not after the trucking company never saw the trucks until she was in her teens  more after the Island of Grease. Plus I wanted something you didn't hear everyday.  Have a son Perry another one you don't hear everyday. 
Nov 30, 2012 4:12AM
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