Category: baby name Grey
The most notable names of 2012 take a colorful direction this year, with influences that range from presidents to K-pop, celebrities and the characters they play, and from the web to the weather.
Our picks for the 12 names most emblematic of 2012 â€“ plus the dozen also-rans â€“ are:
Malala. Â Runnerup: Dilma
Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani 14-year-old who was gunned down by the Taliban for championing girlsâ€™ education, wrote that her melodious name means â€śgrief stricken.â€ťÂ Malala could well become an inspiration name choice for young girls in the Western World.Â Another female name to emerge from world politics this year is Dilma, via Brazilâ€™s first woman president Dilma Rousseff, who was named after her mother.
Itâ€™s official! Americaâ€™s favorite names are Charlotte and James. The top names for 2011 in Sweden? Alice and William. Theyâ€™re classic appellations, at home across the centuries and in many languages.
Theyâ€™re also clearly gendered. With apologies to Mr. Cooper, it is difficult to imagine a boy named Alice, and while actor James Marsden has a daughter called Mary James, it is tough to imagine picking James for a daughterâ€™s first name.
While we all have our own impressions, it often turns out that the line is blurry, or even non-existent, for many a name. This weekâ€™s top nine illustrate that uncertainty.