Category: popular names
The big news in baby names this week has been the Most Popular Names 2012: Top 1, Top 10, Top 100, Top 1000.
But swimming just below the surface — not quite on the radar but not truly off, either — are dozens of more unusual baby names poised to find wider favor….or dropping from view.
Of course, that may bring relief rather than disappointment to many parents. Â If you want to name your baby Magnolia or Clementine, Bishop or Langston — or already have — you may tremble on surveying the new Top 1000, hoping your favorites stay off the list.
We looked below the Top 1000 for girls and boys and found those names within 50 points of the cutoff that we felt were heading back into style, along with those sailing off into the sunset.
In raw numbers, 251 girls received the Number 1000 name Katalina while 197 boys were named Number 1000 boys’ name Dangelo. Â The numbers after each name below represent the number of children given that name in 2012.
Here, the names just under the Top 1000 coming into style and heading out:
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.
The complete Top Ten are:
Popular baby names get a bad rap, especially — okay, we admit it — here on Nameberry.
But popular baby names are popular for a reason: A lot of people like them for a lot of good reasons. Popular names often have a sound and feel that’s right in step with the times, they’re fresh but also have meaningful roots, they appeal to a wide range of different kinds of parents.
Right now, in fact, the popular baby names hold more intrinsic appeal than ever. Time-honored, noble names for girls; strong, classic names for boys — there’s more to like than to not like.
How are we defining popular? If you can pick from the Top 10, great, but any baby name in the Top 100 is fair game.
But now there’s a brand new generation of stars whose names are proving inspirational to parents in search of cool baby names. Â From the worlds of music, sports, and reality TV along with films, theseÂ celebrity namesÂ are showing major gains on the new popularity lists in both the U.S. and the U.K.
Nameberry combed the official baby name statistics to identify which names moving quickly up the lists were tied to hot young celebrities.Â Many of these newÂ celebrity namesÂ are unusual, exotic, rarely heard before their famous bearers brought them to our attention. Â And their current popularity can be attributed directly to the stars who made them shine.
The newest, hottest celebrity names today are: