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Monday, December 03, 2012

Motherhood Mondays: What are your favorite baby names?


Want to hear the top 100 baby names of 2012?


Sophia and Aiden are still at the tippy top! And the big names from my childhood—Jennifer, Lisa, Kristen—have disappeared. It's funny how quickly the popularity changes.

What are your favorite baby names? Do you care if your child's name is popular?

P.S. The top 100 baby names of 2011, and the Blind Date Test for baby names. And congrats to Will and Kate!

(Top photo of me as a baby; list from BabyCenter)

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D. Harley said...

I love the boy names:
Irving
Liam (top 5, yuck!)
Ender (from my husband's favorite book as a child)

Digging these girl names:
Cora
January
Holland

But my mind will prob change in a few years when we actually have kids :)

J Ciriello said...

happily - my son's name is very far down toward the bottom.

abbey said...

Call was one of my top 3 for our boy last feb (we went with Bear)! "Lonesome" is also my all time fave...

Anna said...

I LOVE the name Emma! So classic and beautiful. The top names are at the top for a reason...They'll be named the name for their entire life, so sharing the name with another kid in their kindergarten class is really not a big deal in the scheme of things!

Annabelle said...

Well, while there won't be a mini-you called Persephone, you can be there will be one of me. I have always loved that name and it's at the top of my list for girls (along with Ariadne and Merrick or Orpheus for a boy). I just can't believe someone else there likes it :) My mom thinks I'm nuts.

As an Annabelle myself, I have always loved the uniqueness of my name. When I was born, it wasn't even in the top 1000. It's actually quite surreal seeing little girls named Annabelle when I haven't even met one my age or older - ever. So it goes!

Melissa@Julias Bookbag said...

My advice about baby names is to acquaint yourself with the Top 20 names and then DON'T CHOOSE ANY OF THEM.

Ann-Marie said...

I hear you on this, Mariclare (it's lovely!). As an Ann-Marie I've had a handful of people respond "Henry"? Hah! Plus everyone tries to throw in the extra "e" after Ann. Still, I like that it's a bit unusual, but not unheard of. My parents wanted a name that would work internationally, which it definitely does.

Sophie said...

This list is wrong :)

Go to the SSA baby name list to get the right one, Jacob is the number one boys name, not Aiden.

Erin said...

Interesting how many presidential names there are-
Kennedy and Reagan for girls, Harrison and Lincoln for boys

Emma said...

I really don't get all these negative comments about top names. You should choose a name that you love, and that suits your baby. You're not doing anyone a service by avoiding names simply because they're popular.

Sheil said...

My father's name is Owen, which I have always loved. Kinda a bummer it's become so popular.

My name is fairly unique, never had a problem with 2 Sheilas in school. I have to say I appreciate that my parents didn't give me a trendy name. How many personalized key chains does one really need?

Karo said...

I love the name Halliday for a girl. I had only seen it as a last name except for this one girl I heard perform at a poetry slam. She was amazing and I grew so attached to the name. I also love the name Jager (pronounced with a "J" sound, not a "y")for a boy.

Rebecca O said...

Lawson James and Alba Rose. We chose first names that we hadn't heard often. They also both came from movies that I loved and have watched MANY times (too many I am sure). Lawson is a characters name in A Love Song for Bobby Long. Alba is a character name from The Time Traveler's Wife. They were also the only two names that my fiancee and I could agree upon! The middles names are family names of loved ones. James is for two of my grandfathers and it is also the middle name of my fiancee's deceased brother. And Rose is my fiancee's mom's middle name and my great-aunts middle name.

Rebecca O said...

I love Plum! It may be a noun, but I am 98% positive I have seen it in baby name books. I know of a blogger whose daughter is names Milla Plum. I think it is so pretty!

Rebecca O said...

YES!! One day when I have some chickens, I plan to use all of the names I wanted to use for my children that my partner disagreed with me on!!

Rachel said...

My dad is German and wanted to name me Anya. My mom said oh, so people can say "I want to be on-ya"? Too bad, it's a pretty name!

Shannon said...

Kim-- that was our criterion for naming our daughter. Her name is Sloane Jillian. If we have another girl it will be Bryce Dorene.

Caitlin said...

i am actually happy about it! caitlin (katelyn, kaitlyn etc etc), I generally lump into the "jen, jessica, ashley" category, so it makes me feel better it is still cool-ish haha :)

Jennifer N. said...

Our two daughters are named Maggie and Georgia. I'm surprised to find that neither are on the list! Especially Maggie, since it's such a simple, sweet, old-fashioned name. But I'm not complaining!

Erin said...

Named my baby boy Holden. I'm surprised that its not more popular since catcher in the rye has been required reading for awhile (remember Holden Caufield?). I think it's a good alternative to Hayden.

Kimberly said...

Yes I care! But I really wish I didn't . . . when I saw Olivia (my favorite name) was number three, I got really sad! I guess it's because my name was super popular when I was born. I wanted to give my kids names that were slightly more unique, but not too crazy. Oh well :)

The Jinkins Family said...

I wanted to name our second Gus, and my husband argued against it because "everyone will immediately think 'Lonsome Dove'" but argued for the name Jonas and told me "No one even knows or cares who the Jonas brothers are". His popular culture thermometer is totally skewed. For the record, we both LOVE Lonsome Dove and it is full of so many good names! Congratulations on your first!

The Jinkins Family said...

We have a Jasper and I just gave birth last week to Truman. I'm a fan of classic, solid (but not too commonly used) names.

ariel said...

OH MY GOODNESS you're related to mary shelley! that is SO. COOL.

i'm jealous.

ariel said...

I'm Ariel, pronounced r-e-l, and people often think i'm saying "Maria" or "muriel" even when I say it really clearly.

Maureen McGinnis said...

With the trend of old fashioned names being current, I keep thinking one day I'll see my name on these lists, but nope! I have only met two other Maureens in my entire LIFE and I live in a big city. I hated my name as a kid but as an adult I like that it's unique.

Krystal said...

we just named our baby 'wesley' - i'm so glad it's not a popular name!

Jody Winter said...

My parents were going to name me Emma if I was a girl and Jody if I was a boy. I turned up (a girl) but they decided to stick with Jody and not change the spelling to Jodie or Jodi. In 1970s/80s New Zealand, I was always the only female Jody with a 'y' which made me feel special!

raerae said...

My dad's name is "Raymond" and my mom's name is "Deanna".
So they decided to name me "Rae-anna"

I didn't mind having a unique name, but it was a hassle to correct every mispronunciation that followed ("Nice to meet you, Brianna", or "Rhiannon, like the song?", and now "Rhianna, like the singer?").
Also, having to correct the spelling becomes a little annoying. I have finally met someone with the same name, but it's spelled Rayanna and I think she'll have an easier time with the spelling/pronunciation.

My family calls me "Anna" and my friends/husband call me "Rae". It's only confusing for my husband at family functions, because my dad goes by "Ray".

Overall, I am glad that my name honors the people that created me, but I'm not sure it would be worth the hassle if there wasn't a good reason for it :) I think I might stick to more classic names that are significant to our family or history. I think I'd have to meet the little bundle first to be sure!

zara said...

my favorites are Zara :) for girls, Leo for boys

Sarah D said...

I love your pet rule! lol! That's my issue with the "last name as first name" trend. I just know so many dogs with those types of names. lol! In fact, when I first went to visit a friend's baby Tucker, my husband was at another friend's house and texted me a photo of their adorable golden retriever named... Tucker! :) cute name, but it just reminds me of the dog!

Alana Vieira said...

I love Antonio and Regina... My grandparent's names.

Alison said...

We have a brand new Corinne Elise. Elise is up there....but not Corinne..I think that's good.

donnieleesuits said...

What a fun post, Jo!

My parents thought they were having a boy and were planning to name me after my grandfather, Donald. But SURPRISE...a girl and they named me Donnie. I have yet to meet another lady whose real name is Donnie, I've come across a few that go by Dani or Donni but their full name is Daniella/Danielle or something similar. I used to hate my name growing up, but now I love it! I'm one of a kind..ha!

Rachel said...

For the record, this list comes from the names most commonly used on Baby Center. It ISN'T the official SSA one, which comes out in May. So don't take it as an accurate reading of US names from 2012. Just FYI.

Rachel said...

Oh., but also, because I love names...right now my favorites are August and Oliver for boys, Pippa and Hazel for girls.

cora said...

My first daughter's name is Sarenna and our second daughter's name is Lilia, although we call her Lily most of the time. We often joked that we couldn't name the first a unique name and name the second Jane. Although ironically Jane is now less popular than Lily! I love the names Alice and Lucas but they don't work with our last name. I also love Oliver and Charles. to me, boys names were so much easier to come up with than girls names.

VintageDanielle said...

I'm a huge fan of baby names. Although I don't plan of having children for a while, I love looking up and learning the meanings of names. My favorite names of the moment are Lucille, Theodore, and Freddy.

Tanith said...

All I have to say about popular names for newborns is: HIVE MIND!

Evelyn said...

Its so weird how names go in trends. My brother is named Connor and I am an Evelyn. Growing up we never encountered others with our names. Now my niece and nephew know multiple Connor and Evelyns. I liked having a unique name, and the names I have picked out for my future children aren't likely to hit the top 100 at any time.

Carrie said...

Actually, I went to school with two Eugenes and neither of them were geeky.

Amanda said...

We named our son Frederick after my grandfather. He has a cousin the same age (both 2) named Fiona. Together we call them the little "F"ers!

Haley said...

We have a Finn, Coby, and baby Asher. Coby is a short form for Jacoba, an old Dutch name and I only hear it associated with older Dutch ladies or basketball players ;) I was the only Haley growing up, but am now surrounded by my friends' little girl Haileys..

Kelsey Ross said...

We're having a little boy in January and are totally stuck on names. I ADORE the name Dewey Gordon, (after my dad's favorite 60's surfer, and my husband's grandfather) but I am still a little nervous about people's reaction. We live in CO and I like to picture our little man as a great little skier. I think Dewey Gordon Ross has a ring to it- but am I nuts? I am a teacher and have had justa bout every name I've ever liked spoiled by one of my students :)

Is Dewey too weird?

Megan K said...

I wanted a unique name for my daughter and after much deliberation we agreed on Merle, a French name, pronounced Mer-la. My partner is from China and when his family came to visit the baby, I found out they couldn't pronounce her name correctly :( I am all for unique baby names, but there is something to be said for generic baby names that the whole family can say, whether or not they speak the same language.

Stephanie Sabbe said...

Sofia was by far the coolest lady on the Golden Girls. That is hilarious!

quinndien said...

I feel the same way! I'm a Quinn born in 1980, and now I feel like I'm surrounded by toddlers with my name. :)

quinndien said...

My name is Quinn, which I've always loved for its gender neutrality and uniqueness. People remember it after we are introduced! So weird to see it crack the top 100 -- I've certainly met a few toddlers named Quinn in the last few years.

For baby names, I love any variation of Rose -- Rosa, Rosaline, Rosalie, Rosemary, etc.

Katie said...

My daughter is Elizabeth but we call her Betsy. My goal was to find a name that felt familiar but wasn't common - I love what we chose and it suits her perfectly!

Esther said...

Let's bring back Esther! It's lonely out here :)

Micaela said...

i had our first baby (a girl) on September 17th. We named her Felix. i'm pretty sure she will be the only girl named Felix she (or I) will ever know but i love it for her. It was the name of my grandfather and it means "happy" and she is my happy. Our last name is Maxham so her name has double x's which i just love.

also? i thought about the post you wrote on the "blind date test" and well, wouldn't you be curious about this girl named Felix? ;)

Nora said...

Same goes for Oscar.
I know a family who named their baby boy Oscar, because it is the same in Swedish, German and Spanish.

laluuu said...

Oh E!!! How wonderful! I have a daughter named Anouk and one of her middle names is Yoshimi. We were also inspired by the song as well as our complete and utter love of Japan. We're not Japanese (we're Australian) and if we hadn't love the name Anouk so much, there was a chance Yoshi would have been used as the first name!

I say do it! Who cares what others think?! It is a beautiful name with a beautiful meaning and on top of that, Yoshimi from the song is a kick arse role model for little girls in this 'princess' day and age. Good luck, Luna. x

Venom Clover said...

Zara...Oh, how I love this name!
This name remained in our hearts and minds long before I was even pregnant. We didn’t think whether it was popular or not, but we simply wanted a name to complement the image we had of our daughter: radiant, cheerful and smiling. So we name our baby girl Zara Marie. Today, as we look at her big toothless smile and into her beautiful blue eyes, we just know this was a predestined name.

Funny thing is, for 7 months we thought I was expecting a baby boy, so we called her...Vladimir.
Who knows? Maybe in a couple of years from now, baby nr. 2 will already have a name picked out for him.

Emma Paradis said...

We will be having a girl in a few months and settled on Prudence, mostly in part of our favorite Beatles son, Dear Prudence. I don't care that it's not on the list, nor what it's association is...I have fallen in love with my dear prudence.

kate said...

Us, too. We went with Livia (an old Roman name) because even though it's pronounced slightly different by Italians (where we live) and Americans (where our family is), we love the way it sounds in both!

kate said...

Love your sons' names. We went with a Roman name, too, for our daughter and love it!

Megan Fisher said...

My favorites are Leo, Gordon, Elliott, and Elijah for boys (Peter as a middle name since that's my dad's name). For girls, I love Noelle and Penny (Penelope).
Shocked not to see my name, Megan, on the list! There are so many girls with that name that I've met that are my age--20s. I guess it was a popular name when I was born, but not so much nowadays.

summerlily said...

My all time favorite boy name is Wyatt... but we ended up naming our little boy, Levi (#60 on the list). My husband, for some reason really disliked, Wyatt :( My daughter's name is Sparrow Fae. I really love unusual names. My name is 'SummerLily', I have a brother named 'Forest' and another brother named "Skyler". I love that we all have pretty unique names.

Heather said...

I'm a teacher as well - middle school - and there are several names I would NEVER use for my own children as a result! Some just seem to have bad mojo.

Heather said...

I was about to chime in on the Southern tradition but Adrian beat me to it! My uncle is Stanley, because that was my grandmother's maiden name. I love the use of family names as first names!

Jennifer said...

I love thinking about baby names, even before I had my own. I tend toward last names as first names because they sound familiar but they aren't too popular. My 8 month old son is Finley and we call him Fin. I also love Campbell, Bennet, etc. My Yiaya (Greek for grandmother) was Sofia and if I'd had a girl I would have named her that, despite the popularity of the name. She was the sweetest grandmother and I would have loved to name a daughter after her!

motleyrevue.com said...

That's funny, Brandy, I've always thought that too. However, as I'm getting closer to becoming a mom (not pregnant, but hopefully in the next couple of years), my favorite name for a girl is Kate. A girl named Katie made my life a living hell growing up, and I'm sure growing up I would have thought that to be the last name I'd want to name a daughter. But, I suppose Kate is different than Katie (I would NOT call her Katie, simply Kate). I'm sure I've also been swayed by the loveliness that is Kate Middleton...

motleyrevue.com said...

That's funny, Brandy, I've always thought that too. However, as I'm getting closer to becoming a mom (not pregnant, but hopefully in the next couple of years), my favorite name for a girl is Kate. A girl named Katie made my life a living hell growing up, and I'm sure growing up I would have thought that to be the last name I'd want to name a daughter. But, I suppose Kate is different than Katie (I would NOT call her Katie, simply Kate). I'm sure I've also been swayed by the loveliness that is Kate Middleton...

valerie said...

I always thought I would name my daughter Olive, but when I came up with the idea, it was frowned upon. Now it's somewhat popular! Anyway, we had a son first, who we named Alden, not thinking at all that it was similar looking to Aiden, which is so popular. It's a completely different name to us, so it's somewhat irksome when people get it confused, but also understandable. We originally liked Arwyn (which, I will say, for the record, is a Welsh boy's name) but the first thing everyone we mentioned it to thought of was the elf queen from Lord of the Rings. Sigh. Alden means the same thing: old friend. We have our daughter's name picked out, but I'm feeling shy about sharing it here. It's Gaelic. Nobody in the US will be able to pronounce it from sight, but it's beautiful looking and sounding :)

Caitlin said...

my current future babes i am hoping are greta and louis - greta susan and james louis :)

diana shae decor said...

Dont worry about it - we were going to name our daughter emilie for 9 months, then decided on ivery at birth. You just never know until you meet them sometimes...

diana shae decor said...

We thought emilie for 9 months, and toyed around with the idea of naming her ivery as well. After she was born we decided to go with ivery (pronounced "eye-vree"). (we liked avery but wanted something more unique) Its not always fun seeing people's reactions to her name, but that's part of a unique name.

Kate Dahl said...

My cousin's little girl is named Maryn too. I like the spelling better too.

larinena! said...

I love the fact that I‘m the only Larisa everywhere I go. I thank mom and dad for my name. If I have a girl one day I would like to name her Samantha, Victoria or Rebecca, if it‘s a boy I like Luca, Gino and Jonah.

Shauna El said...

As a teacher I see a lot of kids names and I agree with another person on the comments lists do children act the way they do because of the name or because of parenting. I've seen so many act the same that I've started thinking it is actually in the name.
I also grew up with a very rare name and have have to spell it out to people every time I say it. Which has annoyed me. When I see kids in the classroom that have normal names spelled in crazy ways I feel sorry for them. Because like me they will be spelling their names constantly for ever.

So while I love different names, I also want my kids to have names that they can learn to spell and that suit not just a child but also follows them through to adulthood. I had a friend move from Hong Kong and her English name was Shelley, but when she became an adult she really wanted to be a Michelle but had to go through the hassle of changing it through de-poll.
It's so easy to name children names like Billy (which suits a child), but what if they want to be a William when they grow up? So I want to give my children solid names, they will have personal nicknames. But they can be what they want when they are adults.

I always liked names like Hudson, Fletcher, Parker, Amity, Georgianna, but my husband is against these names. So we shall see when the time comes.

Drew Wintringer said...

My name is Kathryn Drew but have always gone by my middle name, "Drew." While it was rough being a youngster with a "boys name" I've now come to appreciate how different it is and how I have grown into the name. :)

Naturally, I'd like to bestow any daughters I might have with a "boys" name. James, Dylan, Elliot...

gec said...

Lots of girl names ending in -a. Naturally, mine has been stolen by the year 2012 and takes the top spot.

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Robert said...

Your blog became a useful reference for them who looking for baby names. I picked “Aiden” in this blog, is still of the most common name in countries.

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kiraniluri said...

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kat mast said...

Right now, I'm loving "Ollie" for a girl (maybe short for Olivia - but dislike that it's at the top of the list!). I also like some derivative of "Belle" for a middle name - like "Sabella." My favorite for a boy is "Milo."


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Sam said...

My daughter’s name is Sophia. We love the name.
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KateM said...

I don't have any kids, so I'll comment about my own name, Katherine. I'm in my 2nd year of college, but I remember that throughout school and all the way through high school I would always meet girls named Kate, Kathryn, or even Kathy. Not until recently did I meet a Katherine whose name was spelt the same way, which surprised me because I thought Katherine was one of the more common spellings. Maybe this will help with people worried about popularity? I'll contribute some of my favorites, as well. My personal favorites right now are Nina, Selene, Caroline, Logan, Eli, and Will.

Baby Names said...

According to the recent research on Islamic baby names, It has been found that “Jacob” is the most popular name used world widely by the Muslim community. So Jacob is a most Popular names, It’s sounding many origin.

DiploNerds said...

Well Hitler is the last name, first name Adolf. I would just say that most of his living relatives at the time changed their names, so that says something. While I think your theory is interesting, I do believe this would be cruel to name your child after someone that is not only so known in history for total mass murder. Not only would it reflect on the child, but it would reflect on you as parents. It would very likely wreck all future job potential for that child as well.

Still I think on a lower level, say you had a family member name Frank who was considered the "black sheep", I believe family members would find it strange to name your child after someone who was not well esteemed.

jabeena sk said...

Nice site and it is use full to me from Indian Baby Names

bonfire said...

I love my baby girl's names: Maurix Aurelia Elsa Seraphina. She turns 2 months today <3

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