Category: Baby Names Popularity
JacobÂ remains the most popular name for boys for the 14thÂ year in a row.Â An Old Testament name that means â€śsupplanterâ€ť and a cousin ofÂ James,Â JacobÂ has been in the Top Ten for nearly two decades.
Sophia, which took the crown as the Number 1 girls’ name last year, is a Greek name that means “wisdom.” Â It entered the Top 10 in 2006.
Arya and Major were the fastest-rising names for 2012. Â Arya’s popularity stems from the show and book Game of Thrones, while Major is a military name featured on reality TV show Home by Novogratz.
Second fastest-risers Gael and Perla are widely used by parents of Spanish descent.
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The official list of U.S. Most Popular Names 2012 will be revealed later this week — Thursday afternoon or Friday morning, according to the Social Security press office — Â and so in advance of that announcement, weâ€™re asking YOU to predict:
What do you think will be the Most Popular Names for 2012?
And if not, what WILL be Number 1 — and 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. and 10?
The first Berry to guess all Top 10 names for both sexes in correct order will win the gorgeous sterling silver and antiqued bronze double-charm necklace pictured here, soon to be offered exclusively in our Nameberry Store for $99, personalized with the names and/or dates of your choice. Â If no one guesses the exact Top 10s, we’ll decide who comes closest. Â Entries end at 11:59 PST TONIGHT, Wednesday, May 8.
With the new US popularity list due out in less than a month, we thought it would be fun to look at today’s most popular baby names and guess which similar choices might move in to replace them — if not at the next tally, then at some point in the future. Â Our picks:
Sophia â€“ Sister names that might theoretically replace the gorgeous classic Sophia include her cuter, more irreverent French cousin Sophie, which has risen from obscurity over the past 30 years to reach Number 51, and Seraphina, which has never been in the Top 1000 but is finding favor thanks to its choice by Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck.
It seems that just about every few decades since the 1940â€™s, one Old Testament patriarch name has entered the popularity listâ€™s Top 5, some lingering longer than others.Â From the forties through the early eighties it was David, Â joined by Joshua in 1983, Daniel for the single year 1985, Jacob ten years later– and holding first place for the past thirteen years– and Ethan (a more minor biblical figure) in 2002.
And now we have Noah, which entered the golden circle last year at Number 5.
Noah fits right into this groupâ€”like the earlier Joseph, and David, Jacob and Ethan, itâ€™s a simple, modern-sounding Â two-syllable name with a strong first syllable and softer second.Â And like Joseph, David, Daniel, Joshua and Jacob, Noah comes with a dramatic narrative thatâ€™s well known to most children.
As every Sunday school alumnus knows, Noah was deemed the only righteous man of his time, singled out by God to survive the great flood sent to punish an evil world, and instructed to build an ark to save his family and all species of animals from the flood.