2012's Hottest Baby Names Are All About Celebs

beyonceThe hottest new baby names of 2012 are here, and they're way different from last year's trendiest names. Think Hunger Games instead of Twilight, and of course, think of the ridiculously, ridiculously famous couple who gave birth earlier this year, making way for a whole new flock of similarly-named babies.

Ready to see if your kid's, or kid-to-be's, name is on the list? Check out Nameberry's list of 2012's hottest new baby names.

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Rue. Thanks to the wildly popular Hunger Games series, Rue is one of the most popular new names on the block. Bet you thought I was gonna say "Katniss," right?

Emmett. Technically, this could be traced back to Twilight's Emmett Cullen, but, statistically-speaking, there's a hot new trend of boys' names ending in "ett."

Ivy. I mean, are you really surprised?

Weston, Wesley, and West. Weston is the name Jenna Fischer of The Office gave her son.

Adele. Another obvious one.

Grayson and Gray. I think I personally know 10 Graysons. Crazy!

Aria. Apparently, this name, according to studies, encourages children to get high marks in school. Sure it does.

Cyrus. Yes, as in Miley.

Estelle. Sweden's royal couple named their baby Estelle earlier this year. Cute!

Cato. Another Hunger Games reference.

Blythe. I love this name. And it means "happiness."

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I actually think that most of these names are really cute. However, I don't think I could bring myself to give my child a super trendy name -- or a name that I liked from a wildly popular book series. Because, odds are, lots of other parents-to-be are thinking the same thing. And then your kid is just another Cyrus.

What do you think of these names? How did you pick your child's name?


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nonmember avatar Cee

Cue all the:"Eeew, all those names are fugly, I named my child a much more super unique name with a much more super unique spelling and its so unbelieveably special that I can't even post it here cuz you will steal it" comments in 3, 2...

ohswe... ohsweetbaby

^^^^ it probably has such a unique spelling that no one can pronounce it. LOL

Bre O'Donnell Crum

We named our little boy Keaton in Oct. and thought it was supper special.....until I went back to work after my maternity leave and found out there is a Keaton in 1st grade! What? Really? It's hard picking a name after you've taught in an elementary building for 15 years.

Stacey. Stacey.

Estelle would be cute for a really bitchy cat. Cato will always remind me of OJ. Blythe makes me think of yogurt, i think becasue of the last name Danner.  Aria would be cute for a bird.

Personally, I still love the name La-Sha'niqua,konda...its SO UNIQUE dont steal it HaterZZZ!

nonmember avatar Tiffany

I named my two youngest kids Liam and Amelia because they were not popular names at the time, but unique. Imagine my dismay when those names started popping up a few years later. Maybe I'm just a trendsetter. *sigh*

IamJu... IamJustBeverly

We are naming our newest child after my husband's great, great grandfather Atlee. Super old school. Most of the names on this list are fine...not exactly unique or special just fin


Sierr... SierraLynn

Weston is the name we picked if this baby was a boy. I didn't know it was that popular.

the4m... the4mutts

My oldest son's name is Vanyel. As in the Mercedes Lackey fantasy novels about a gay man.

His grandparents almost shit themselves when they figured out I named my kid after a "fag".

I don't care what they think. The name suits him. I can't imagine him being anything other than my little Vanyel.

the4m... the4mutts

*pronounced like Daniel. But with a V*

nonmember avatar Lisa

My first daughter, 20, was named after my mother, Cynthia Lauren. Shortly after, I heard a name I loved for a girl or boy, DAKOTA!! Sooo, 14 years later, I gave birth to my second child, a little girl. I stuck with Dakota after all those years and her middle name is after my favorite musician, Edwin McCain. End result, cool name that will grow with her.... Dakota Micayne!!

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