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Top Girls’ Names of 2012

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Our tally of the 100 most popular girls’ names of 2012 on Nameberry is in, and we have a new Number 1: Katniss.

The predominance of Katniss is more a testament to the power of the Hunger Games franchise than to baby name trends.

Our Number 2 girls’ name Charlotte, which has been Nameberry’s most popular girls’ name every year until now, is more reflective of a name that will actually be chosen by parents.  Imogen, which has moved up from Number 6 to claim the Number 3 spot, is another choice we see on the rise in the real world, though it has yet to break into the U.S. Top 1000.

Katniss is also the girls’ name that has risen the furthest on our list, followed by Penelope, propelled upward by its choice as a Kardashian baby name.

The girls’ names that have risen the most places since our 2011 count are:

Katniss — up 75 places

Penelope — up 35 places

Chloe — up 25 places

Evelyn — up 23 places

Wren — up 18 places

Cora, Rose — up 14 places

Aurora, Aurelia, Emily — up 13 places

The furthest-falling name still on our Top 100 is Ruby, down 26 places.  Other names sliding down significantly include Stella, Isabella, Lily, and Piper.

New entrants to the Nameberry Girls’ Top 100 for 2012 are:

Merida 

Aria

Florence

Luna

Zara

Mabel

Pearl

Isadora

Amelie

Ellie

Lucia

Anais

Here is the full Top 100 Names for Girls in 2012, based on nearly 13 million views of our name pages.

1. Katniss 
2. Charlotte
3. Imogen
4. Seraphina
5. Amelia
6. Penelope 
7. Violet
8. Isla
9. Eleanor
10. Alice
11. Adelaide
12. Cora 
13. Evelyn 
14. Aurora 
15. Maeve
16. Scarlett
17. Eliza
18. Sophia
19. Claire
20. Grace
21. Lila
22. Nora
23. Hazel
24. Olivia
25. Ava
26. Ivy 
27. Elizabeth
28. Clara
29. Lucy
30. Ruby
31. Stella
32. Matilda
33. Beatrice
34. Wren 
35. Ella 
36. Emma 
37. Merida 
38. Poppy
39. Clementine
40. Chloe 
41. Isabella
42. Evangeline
43. Aurelia 
44. Audrey
45. Willa
46. Josephine
47. Rose 
48. Iris
49. Mila
50. Maisie
51. Lily
52. Arabella
53. Genevieve
54. Adeline
55. Elodie
56. Aria 
57. Eloise
58. Mae
59. Lydia
60. Caroline
61. Harlow 
62. Phoebe 
63. Juliet
64. Margaret
65. Jane
66. Gemma
67. Florence 
68. Emmeline
69. Zoe
70. Esme
71. Olive
72. Emily 
73. Cordelia
74. Mia 
75. Delilah
76. Georgia
77. Madeline
78. Sadie
79. Hannah
80. Willow
81. Anna
82. Piper
83. Luna 
84. Hadley
85. Cecelia (though Cecilia was on last year’s list)
86. Zara 
87. Maya
88. Mabel 
89. Pearl 
90. Isadora 
91. Kate
92. Amelie 
93. Ellie 
94. Vivian
95. Lola
96. Eden
97. Lucia 
98. Beatrix
99. Millie
100. Anais 

Continuing our tradition, guess Number 101 and win a personalized signed copy of our newest book, Beyond Ava & Aiden! The first correct guess wins; please don’t duplicate previous guesses.

Tomorrow, the Boys’ Top 100 and on Thursday, Nameberry’s most popular unisex names.  Thanks to our new intern Camille Carlson for her help compiling and analyzing our statistics.

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