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And now we come to the 2012 final quarter round-up of the names that Berries have actually chosen after all their various options were considered and discussed, on our forums and in the outside world.  And once again, it’s a gorgeous group, with many great first and middle combos and equally intriguing sibsets.

The most popular choices reported on the Birth Announcement forums between October 1st and December 31st were: Violet (3), Audrey (2), Beatrix (2), Eleanor (2), Eva (2), Matilda (2), Archer (2), Felix (2), Henry (2), and Jonah (2).

Tomorrow we’ll be taking a look at the whole year’s results—the most widely used first and middle names, as well as all the triplet and twin name choices.

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This week, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel considers the impact of baby name popularity–does it sway our choices more than it should?

Lately I’m wondering: is all this talk about baby names changing the names we use?

A century ago, parents could draw inspiration from the newspaper, the Bible, literature, music, and anything on the family tree.  There was room for creativity, but actual data gathering would have been difficult.

Today a few keystrokes will tell you how many girls were named Isabella last year, or whether hundreds of random strangers think that Ethan Alexander is a good name for your son.  No wonder an expectant mom actually grimaced when I asked her if they’d chosen a name yet.

With all of this information, could it be that trends will accelerate?  Will we talk ourselves out of using great names?  I’ve heard of dozens of parents deciding against their top choice for fear that Stella is the next Ava. Or maybe they’re desperately searching for a name just like Logan, but much less popular, without actually being too unusual.

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Hear the words ‘detective’ or ‘private eye,’ and you probably picture a tough guy like Mickey Spillane or a cooler customer like Sam Spade.  But it turns out that mystery fiction also features a lot more female sleuths than you might think, dating back to Loveday Brooke in the 1890s and coming right up to today.

It’s interesting to note how many of these earlier crime-solvers were given “ladylike” professions as covers—either as antique dealers or esoteric academics –or the more modern wedding planners or pet sitters.  It wasn’t—for the most part—till the TV era, that they would become career private or police investigators.

One thing that they do have in common though is some pretty fantastic first names, and here are some of the best.

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The most stylish palette for clothes this season may be orange, lemon, lime and other neon-bright colors, but baby namers are showing a real passion for purple, loving names from pale Lavender and Violet to deeper purpley shades. Purple itself has many associations– with royalty and nobility—as well as haze, rain, overwritten prose, an Alice Walker novel and screen version, as well as purple people eaters.

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Charlotte is the Number 1 for girls among our most popular names 2010, cementing the lead that the royal feminine variation of Charles has held among visitors to our site all year.  Our number two and three girls’ names are Violet and Seraphina, both names of the daughters of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, which has gone far to popularize them.

Four other names on the nameberry Top 10 for girls have risen steeply through our ranks: They are Eliza, Amelia, Adelaide, and Imogen.  Names beginning with vowels count for seven of the girls’ Top 10.

Nameberry’s 2010 most popular names list counts the number of times visitors to our site searched each name throughout the year, which we like to think gives the discerning baby namer an excellent insight into which names are attracting the most buzz.   Of the 4.5 million views our name pages gathered last year, more than 11,000 went to Charlotte alone, making it the most-searched name on the site for either gender.

None of the names in the girls’ Top 10 is among the U.S. ten most popular names.  Elizabeth comes the closest, 10 on the nameberry chart and 11 on the U.S. count.

Other girls’ names we see rising most over 2010 and predict will continue to be popular in 2011 are marked with an asterisk, and include Harper, Clementine, Aurora, Leila, and Genevieve.

Check out our 2010 most popular names for boys.

Following are the nameberry Top 100 2010 most popular names for girls.

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