Girls’ Names 2012: Nameberry’s Top 100

Around this time every year, we peek behind the Nameberry curtain to see which names are the most popular with our visitors.  This Top 100 for each gender, which reflects views of the name pages on our site, indicates which names have captured the most interest since the start of the year.

The girls’ list is evidence of both pop culture events along with future baby name trends.  Some analysis:

The Hunger Games is the obvious inspiration for Katniss at Number 1.  We don’t ever expect to see Katniss — or Primrose or Rue — in the U.S. Top 100 for real live baby girls.  But the appeal of the heroine inspires a great amount of curiosity about her unusual name.

Celebrities and their babies attract a lot of page views, which sometimes translate into baby name trends.  Names high on the Nameberry list thanks to celebrities and starbabies include Harper, Seraphine, Penelope, Violet, Isla, and Scarlett.  And these are all names that will continue to rise in the national name statistics as well, we predict.

The berries are ahead of their time.  While there are some crossovers between the Nameberry and the U.S. Top 100, there are more notable differences.  Most important: Classic, stylish names little used in the country at large are popular among our visitors: Imogen, Maeve, Aurelia, Elodie, Pearl.

Here, the Nameberry Girls’ Top 100 for 2012 so far:

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

Look for the boys’ list tomorrow.

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Xanthe. Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 12:17 am

I love almost all the names on this list. I do, however, hope the berries stay in name fashion limbo, and aren’t ahead of their time, since I really don’t want these name gems showing up in the US top 100 anytime soon.

Mara_lyn86 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 1:22 am

I see a few of these names getting more popular in the next few years: Harper, Adelaide, Alice, Penelope, Clara, Olive, Adeline.

I would love to meet little girls with these names, but I also hope that they don’t hit the top 50.

maggiemary Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 5:20 am

My particular highlights are Violet, Eliza, Nora, Ivy, Matilda, Beatrice, Clementine, Aurelia, Iris, Josephine, Rose, Elodie, Cordelia, Olive, Pearl, Mabel and Isadora.

Oh and Margaret at #68 – yay! 😀

Aurra Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 6:52 am

I love pretty much all the names on this list! Aurelia, Mabel, Mae, Aria, Luna and Matilda are personal favorites, though I hope they don’t go into the infamous top 100.

sophiekihm Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 7:19 am

Bellamy for 101

Starcatcher668 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 7:21 am

Love Isadora! 🙂

MrsTaylor Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 7:33 am

I also love the majority of the names on this list. My particular favorites are Lila, Eliza and Emmeline. I would have to guess that #101 is Rosalie

Katieanne Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 7:36 am

We just named our daughter Mabel nn Mae. Looks like we are in good company with the berries! 🙂

vanessaaball Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 7:37 am

I am always so pleased with this list. I am going to take a wild guess that 101 is Hattie.

Brynie Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 7:51 am

101 my guess Daisy?

Danni Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 7:54 am

My guess is Philippa or Pippa for 101 🙂

jc54 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 8:28 am

I love all of the girlie girl names here! My guess for 101 is Lucia. I love the name Lucia!

niteowl13 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 8:34 am

I don’t see Adele on the list. Or Pippa!
Both names should be searched a lot due to their famous name bearers.

fcooper Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 8:46 am

Wow, such pretty names! Some of my favorites are here, Grace, Seraphina, Juliet, and Sophia, but also some very old fashioned names. Therefore, I’m going to go with Francine as # 101. Why not Francine?

Amydomsmom Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 9:07 am

Those are lovely, I am definitely guilty of looking up a bunch of those! My guess for girls name 101 is Clover. =]

tnmom Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 9:35 am

I’m guessing Theodora/Thea for #101.

cnphillips Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 9:47 am

I love many of these names! I’m guessing Cambrie for #101.

LexieM Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 9:50 am

I’d love to know if there was a way to distinguish searches done by berries and searches done by visitors. I feel like there are only so many times a Berry needs to look up Katniss to remember it’s from HG and the name of a plant. I wonder how that might changed the statistics. (This could tell us if we are indeed ahead of the times or just floating along in our own little bubble.)

Mischa Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 9:52 am

No# 101 guess: Juniper

evergreen Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 10:00 am

So many names I LOVE on this list. My guess for 101 is June 🙂

Mega_Muffin Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 10:02 am

I think #101 is Daphne.

pam Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 10:05 am

To answer your question, LexieM, there’s no way to differentiate searches at least for the purposes of this feature. This is an overall ranking tallying all searches by all visitors to Nameberry and the results are skewed up and down by all kinds of features beyond exalted berry name taste — SEO rankings for various names, pop culture blips etc.

So we need to take this for what it is, an internal ranking of interest in these names over the first nine months of this year, influenced by a range of factors both related and not to Nameberry taste.

littlemissmariss Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 10:12 am

I love so many of these names! Eep! 🙂

My guess for 101.. thats a toughie! My guess was Theodora, but thats already been guessed. How’s about Agnes for 101?!

mermuse Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 10:23 am

What Xanthe said!

Harbs Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 10:27 am

101 = Felicity?

lolly1019 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 10:33 am

Susanna

Katieanne Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 10:43 am

#101: Aubrey?

tiffhope87 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 10:48 am

My duaghter’s name is Norah… I pray I never see it on the US 100 list! She was named after her great-great-grandmother. Not long after she was born someone else in our community named their daughter Nora. *sigh*

#101 – Lorelei?

mill1020 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 10:55 am

Calliope for 101?

BabyNinja143 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 10:57 am

Beautiful name list. I wouldn’t mind if this was the top U.S. list. My guess is Ophelia is #101.

BritishAmerican Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 10:58 am

101: Dorothy

dresdendoll Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 11:09 am

Honestly, so tired of most of these names…only a couple on there stand out to me as special.

ballet90 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 11:11 am

101: Natalie

Namenutt Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 11:12 am

#101 Cecily

ScottishNameLover Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 11:13 am

101: Juliana

SS33 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 11:29 am

There are many names there that would really flatter a little girl. I missed London though, so I’ll pick London as #101

mrsmur725 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 11:39 am

My #101 guess: Wilhelmina

MorganaLeFaye Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 11:50 am

#101 Persephone?

renmarks Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

#101 Addison

vitamom3 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Helena for #101

Lori Johnson Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

#101 Maude

nay_han Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

#101 guess= Hermione

kimberley13 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Hmmmm, I don’t see Pippa, Adele, Louisa or Molly from last year’s top 100. I think my guess for #101 wil be…

Louisa.

shanbrownie Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

#101. Rue?

KickinKay Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Elena for 101?

lovejoywisdom Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Where’s the boys’ list due today?

watermellie Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Lovely names!

#101. Katherine?

ayc1983 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

The list is overwhelming as I’m a newbie here. One of my favorites that i didn’t see was Delaney. I’ll go with Delaney for #101.

pam Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

The boys’ list will be published at midnight tonight.

GrecianErn Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

#101 – Eleanor

(I am hearing this all over for little girls under 3 yrs old!)

AvieGrace Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

#101- Saoirse?

witchgreens Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

So many good names on this list. I’m really glad my favorite names aren’t so popular IRL. I’m going to guess Florence for #101.

JessicaT11 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

101 – Caoimhe

Jewel-e Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

#101: Magdalena 🙂

auroradawn Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I have to remind myself sometimes that many of these lovely names are not as popular in the real world as they seem on Nameberry! (And a few of them rank higher in the real world than they do here.) This list gives an interesting perspective.
My guess for #101 is Haven.

Flick Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I, too, forget that nameberry does not represent MOST people’s name choices and that whats popular here is not necessarily trending in the real world.

Aurora Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Fiona for #101

avesnames Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

# 101: Leonie?

Starcatcher668 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Oh wait—I’ll guess Seraphine for #101!

DiannaElaine Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Renesmee
I see that name pop up a lot for some reason so that’s my guess 🙂

spotlightstarlit Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

101- Genevieve!

isabel_r Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

101 – Annabel

happycitrus Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

#101 – Nevaeh

alexandrasumk1 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 9:07 pm

101-Bethany

spotlightstarlit Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I’m changing my vote as the name I chose WAS on there already.

Jessamine for 101

lovejoywisdom Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

101 – Jillian

emmie113 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

#101 – Gwendolyn (I see it alot now, which is upsetting because it’s my personal fave!)

1234plus1 Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

101-Juniper?

expensivemarket Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

#101 – Cassia

juliet.a Says:

October 10th, 2012 at 11:33 pm

101- Sloane

oldsienna Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 3:33 am

My guess for #101 is Flora.

miss.kmg Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 6:56 am

101 Elowen

pam Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 7:19 am

Okay, the bad news is that NOBODY has guessed Girls’ Name #101 yet. The good news is that you each get another guess! But only one per berry, please…

nay_han Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 7:38 am

=) Guess #2 = Calla

vanessaaball Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 7:40 am

#101 Vivienn

vanessaaball Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 7:40 am

#101 Vivienne

JessicaT11 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 7:45 am

I’m going to go out on a Jessica Simpson limb and say #101 is Maxwell.

vanessaaball Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 7:46 am

Oops, sorry for the double post. My second entry is the corrected answer.

I can’t believe there was only 1 “V” name on the list!

cnphillips Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 7:52 am

guess 2: Francesca

pam Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 7:55 am

Ding ding ding ding! Close enough, vanessaaball. Number 101 is Vivian. Email me at pam@nameberry.com with your address so I can send your book! Congratulations….

vanessaaball Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 8:42 am

Yay! I’m so excited

spotlightstarlit Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Let’s see, top three:

Beatrix, Elizabeth & Rose in that order.

My other favorites from this list:

Imogen, Cora, Eliza, Hazel, Ivy, Evangeline, Maisie, Jane, Juliet, Phoebe, Emmeline, Delilah, Esme, Cordelia, Willow, Mabel & Amelie

ty13 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Caroline, Mila, Eva

mayday_fridaybabe Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Rose, Pearl and Phoebe are my top three favorites 🙂

anna.bliss Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

hmm 101 Juno

niteowl13 Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

It’s tougher to pick my top 3 girls.
I’m thinking…Cora, Lila and Beatrice.

pam Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I hear you, niteowl13. At last today, I’m going to pick three old favorites: Margaret, Josephine, and Mae.

Amydomsmom Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

2nd guess= Vera

pam Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

To repeat, we have a winner. #101 was Vivian!

jeniferbraun Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I feel personally responsible for Imogen being so high up on this list….I must have read its entry, oh, about 8,000 times before before we chose it for our daughter. 😉

I’m partially responsible for Penelope too….I keep rereading her entry. I’m still in mourning, having lost that name to the Khardashians.

makeupbyjanine Says:

October 16th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Oh I KNEW it was Vivienne/Vivian!!! Darn, too late 🙂

Thealove Says:

October 24th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

My fav is Seraphina – sounds pretty and girly.
101 – Athena?
Oh, too late.

livcathryn Says:

November 4th, 2012 at 11:28 am

Oh I was going to guess Nova as 101! Haha….I was reallyyyyy off!

MissusAytch Says:

December 15th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Luna is my fave. Hoping it doesn’t catch fire and get too popular! Argh!

ElsaAnne Says:

January 10th, 2013 at 4:24 am

40 of them are on my ever-increasingly list! Definitely need to streamline at some point! I’m just hoping they don’t get too popular in the real world! The name that surprised me the most was Hazel, didn’t realise so many people liked it on here at all

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