Baby Names 2012: What’s Hot Now

The hottest baby names 2012 – those attracting the biggest spikes in views on Nameberry for the first six months of this year – are an astonishing group: Highly unusual yet strangely familiar, heavily influenced by pop culture yet boldly individualistic.

The strongest baby name influences right now: Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, and ancient Rome.  Many of the hot names relate to nature and to worlds beyond our own.  And most share a transcendence of traditional gender identity, containing elements of names for the opposite gender if not crossing over to unisex territory.

Nameberry’s hottest names of the year, which we predict you’ll be hearing lots more of in the future, are:


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We talked about the hotness of Aria earlier this year, but now we’re seeing an even bigger rise – over 800 percent – in Arya, the cognate used in Game of Thrones. Arya Stark, daughter of a ruler of one of the kingdoms, is separated from her family and raised as a boy and expert sword fighter.

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