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2012's Top Baby Names: Is Yours on the List?

by Nicole Fabian-Weber on January 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM

babyLong before I got pregnant, I knew what I wanted to name my daughter, were I ever to have one. And as luck would have it, I am! In less than four short months, the little girl my husband and I created will make her way into the world, and "the name" will be bestowed upon her. It's almost as if it were meant to be (I found boys' name impossible) -- you know, if you believe in that sort of thing.

Since coming up with "the name," I've been careful. Careful to never let it slip. And careful to make sure I always peruse the "Top Name" lists when they're released, out of fear that hers will be on there. Luckily, it wasn't on any of last year's. And even more luckily, it isn't on this year's.

That's right, Nameberry has already released the Top Boy and Top Girl Names of 2012. Is yours on the list? Check out the top 10 ...

Now, before you see the name you chose for your darling little one and start panicking, keep in mind, the list is an indication of which names parents will be using for their babies in 2012 and beyond, according to Nameberry -- who, let's face it, knows their stuff. Okay, here we go:

Top 10 Girl Names of 2012:

1. Charlotte

2. Seraphina

3. Amelia

4. Violet

5. Isla

6. Imogen

7. Adelaide

8. Alice

9. Scarlett

10. Lila

Top 10 Boy Names of 2012:

1. Asher

2. Finn

3. Henry

4. Milo

5. Jasper

6. Atticus

7. Oliver

8. James

9. Jude

10. Felix

Now, don't get me wrong, these are all lovely names (my personal favorites are Atticus, Jude, and Scarlett), but, I don't know, I feel sort of good knowing the one we're going with didn't make the list. Kind of feels like we got away with something. Hopefully it won't be on the 2013 either.

Which names are your favorite? Do you consult these types of lists when brainstorming name ideas?


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  • roseb...


    January 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM
    Really? Come on really? My soon to be sons name is #1. I'm gonna go stab something
  • anon
    -- Nonmember comment from


    January 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM
    Is this a joke? Virtually none of these names are popular at all.
  • happy...


    January 4, 2012 at 11:46 AM
    All but 3 of those names are awful.
  • Ouch
    -- Nonmember comment from


    January 4, 2012 at 11:50 AM
    Oh, those poor kids...
  • jaime
    -- Nonmember comment from


    January 4, 2012 at 11:57 AM
    Eh, I wouldn't worry about this particular list...these are most searched on nameberry, home of name nerds. Some are sure to get more popular in the real world (charlotte, asher) but others will probably stay off of the mainstream radar for a long while yet (imogen)
  • Melan...


    January 4, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    lol these names are terrible, and i noticed that some of the boys names are twilight names and some of the girls names are names of the characters in american horror story, I got my sons name from a tv show but I dont think Damon is a terrible name and its not common which is what I wanted, it seems everyone having a boy is nameing them aiden or kaiden


  • BriLee


    January 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM
    I'm pregnant right now and have found several of these names are becoming popular again. Moms are looking to old names now. No idea why? None of them are names I'd consider for my son.
  • Rhond...


    January 4, 2012 at 12:10 PM
    I have lists of potential names in mind and one of my girl names is on my list and one of the boy names. It doesn't bother me in the slightest. My son's name was in the top five for his birth year but it was meaningful to us amd it really hasn't been an issue. There was another one in his preschool but he's the only one in his year and there are over eighty kids in his year. Off of this list my girl name is a family name and the boy name was chosen by my son years ago and he is quite adamant that if he ever has a baby brother they will have that name.
  • Kritika


    January 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM


    Sorry, I think you meant:

    1. Charlytte

    2. Seraphyna

    3. Amelya

    4. Vyolet

    5. Isla

    6. Imogyn

    7. Adelayde

    8. Alyce

    9. Scarlytt

    10. Lyla

  • Cee
    -- Nonmember comment from


    January 4, 2012 at 12:11 PM
    Oh lord, let the "nooo my babys name is on the popular list my world is oooover" begin. Oh and lets not forget the self serving mums who would NEVER choose a popular name and name their kid Pond Green or something equally stupid

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