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popular names 2012

The most popular baby names of 2012 are officially here, with Sophia and Jacob holding onto their Number 1 spots.

Jacob remains the most popular name for boys for the 14th year in a row.  An Old Testament name that means “supplanter” and a cousin of JamesJacob 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.”  It entered the Top 10 in 2006.

Arya and Major were the fastest-rising names for 2012.  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.

The Social Security Administration announced the 2012 Most Popular Baby Names on their website this afternoon.

The complete Top Ten are:

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Wise Choice!

names that mean wisdom

Names that convey wisdom may not, by themselves, be enough to make your child wise, but they can’t hurt.

Of all the qualities a name can suggest, to others as well as to the person who bears it, wisdom has to be one of the most desirable.

The names here either mean wise or intelligent or are associated with a figure renowned for his or her wisdom.  They may set a high bar for your child, but it’s one worth the leap.

The selection:

Alden – This English surname, quietly but historically used as a first, means “old wise friend”.

Alfred – The charts may show Alfred still in a century-long decline, but we say this name that means “wise counselor” is due for rediscovery.

Boman – This unusual-but-accessible Persian name has a stylish sound and means “great mind”.

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