The Most Popular Baby Names in America for 2012

May 9th 2013

The Social Security Administration has released the official rankings of the most popular baby names in America for 2012. The new top 10:

RANK   BOYS   GIRLS  
1  Jacob  Sophia
2  Mason  Emma
3  Ethan  Isabella
4  Noah  Olivia
5  William  Ava
6  Liam  Emily
7  Jayden  Abigail
8  Michael  Mia
9  Alexander  Madison
10  Aiden  Elizabeth

 

The #1 names are unchanged. In style trends, the big news is the rise in the smoothest, lightest little names. Liam cracked the top 10 for the first time, Mia and Ethan rose, and outside the top 10 "liquid names" like Aria continued to soar.

Click the link to see the complete list of the Top 1000 Names in America.

Lots more name news and analysis to come, including the fastest-rising names of the year! Follow here and on Twitter: twitter.com/BabyNameWizard 

Comments

1
May 9, 2013 1:29 PM

How exciting!  Is Noa really spelled that way, though?  That would be an unexpected climber...

EDIT: Thanks, sorry to nitpick!  Now I'll go back to reading those lovely data :)

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May 9, 2013 1:52 PM

So what is up with the name Major?  Who knows why it went up over 500 places?  My only association is Major Garrett a White House reporter, but that can hardly explain it.

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May 9, 2013 2:04 PM

Clarebeorhte, I'm not entirely clear about your question about Noa, but Noa is the transliteration of a feminine Hebrew name, and Noah is the transliteration of a male name.  The more correct pronounciation of Noah is Noach with the -ch pronounced liked the -ch is Bach.  Noa, the feminine name, does not have that -ch ending sound.

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By sdh
May 9, 2013 2:40 PM

Blakely looks to be one of the biggest jumpers for girls, from 928 to 545.

 

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May 9, 2013 4:00 PM

I'm impressesd by the one-two-punch of #5 William and #6 Liam.  I'll bet some of those Williams are called Liam on a daily basis!

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May 9, 2013 4:39 PM

Things seem pretty much consistant to me. Not a whole lot of change in the last ten or so years. I'm getting bored with them.

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May 9, 2013 5:58 PM

Another Laura, I know that the rapper T.I. has a son named Major (and a King and Messiah) and a show on VH1, maybe that has some influence? 500 spots is a big leap though.

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May 9, 2013 6:04 PM

I agree, Alison. 

I am annoyed that Henry has continued to rise, not so much because it's "our" name but because everyone hated it when we named our Henry thirteen years ago. Like, now it's cool, but we were sooo awful to do that to our baby back then. I wish our family and friends (and all of the strangers who asked) could see the data; sweet vindication! lol

I'm kind of surprised Agnes didn't break the top 1000. But since our choices have a long curve, we will probably be hearing about loads of babies called Agnes when she's around age 10. :P

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I am really very surprised to see Willa move so quickly so fast.  When I named my dauther in 2008, the name wasn't even on the list.  I checked the SSA info, and it was 1061 that year she was born. Of course, there were only 135 more Willa's born in 2012 than in 2008, and the number of Willa's nation wide is still less than 400, so I guess I'll hold onto hope that my Willa will only meet a couple in her lifetime. 

 

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