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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Literary names from 20th century classics, including names of characters and literary figures alike, have become stylish. The unusual Gatsby, The Great of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, is sure to rise even further when the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio debuts at Christmas. Gatsby’s hotness follows last year’s Hadley, real name of The Paris Wife of Ernest Hemingway, and Atticus and Harper, the hero and the author of To Kill A Mockingbird.

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