Top Girls’ Names of 2012

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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dovah Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 12:14 am

I’m going to guess Agnes for number 101… just because.

I’m actually quite surprised to see Katniss at the top of the list. I may get around to reading The Hunger Games series at some point.

madeliner Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 12:58 am

Primrose for 101

twilightoftheidols Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 1:02 am

I’m guessing: Astrid (maybe a wild guess…) I am glad to see Aurelia up there, I didn’t think it was that popular, but it is such a beautiful name.

linzybindi Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 1:06 am

What a lovely list of names!

For 101 I am guessing Renesmee!

Beautiful_Haiku Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 1:06 am

I’m going to guess Bryn/ Brynn. Although I think there’s one other name it might be…. Oh well, I’ll still with Bryn

Beautiful_Haiku Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 1:08 am

*stick with

koryn78 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 1:16 am

Kinda surprised bryn wasnt there. I’m guessing Ariana.

mrsmur725 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 1:22 am

Alysa

Sarabi Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 1:31 am

Juniper

dillonsfan01 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 1:35 am

Vivienne

nzmum Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 1:46 am

My guess is Rosa.

little_cupcake Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 1:49 am

Octavia

sweetpeacelove Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 1:53 am

I’m guessing Rosalie for #101

sparrowfinch Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 2:00 am

I will go with Harmony.

Kibby Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 2:25 am

Harriet perhaps?

dalb Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 2:41 am

Pippa?

milo2011 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 2:42 am

Nova 🙂

expensivemarket Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 2:58 am

Cassia

araminta Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 3:18 am

Annabel

wolves Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 3:21 am

Freya?

lindseymae Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 3:57 am

June

rachel27 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 4:58 am

Ada?

MorganaLeFaye Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 5:08 am

I’m guessing Felicity?

Saranel Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 5:12 am

I’ll guess my little girl’s name. Felicity. 🙂

Saranel Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 5:13 am

Oops. I guess I’ll have to pick another one.

Saranel Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 5:14 am

How about Louisa?

kyemsma Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 5:33 am

Hattie is my guess.

Christina25 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 5:35 am

I guess Rue.

Rosamund Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 5:55 am

My guess is Mirabelle

RachelEmma22 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 6:03 am

Hattie

RachelEmma22 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 6:10 am

Whoops, I will guess Esther instead.

foreverelectra Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 6:23 am

Eloise!

sophiekihm Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 8:20 am

Elodie

jbhdancer Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 8:22 am

Camille?

MillyFriar Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 8:32 am

Torn… but I’ll go with popular Harper…

namelover12 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 8:41 am

I guess Athena… Jut cause!

MissV Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 8:46 am

Elowen… a long shot.

LadyCap Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 8:57 am

I’ll guess Rosalie.

vanessaaball Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 8:58 am

Hmmm, Lorelei maybe?

MrsTaylor Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 8:58 am

I am going to guess Clio

mollieroo Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 9:05 am

Flora

CrimsonCat Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 9:06 am

Surprised i didn’t see Annabelle on there.maybe i skipped it.#101?

Hilary Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 9:18 am

For #101, I’ll guess Ophelia.

R_J Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 9:42 am

I’ll guess Sylvia.

rkchance Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 9:46 am

I’m going with Quinn!

Heatherann Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Anastasia

can90 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 10:03 am

Could it be Francine?

littlemissmariss Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 10:07 am

Hope this hasnt been guessed, and I dont recall seeing this on the list but I just awoke so…

Mabel? 🙂

inkonherfingers Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 10:14 am

It’s a long shot, but Katherine?

Natural Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 10:14 am

Bloodrayne? 🙂

KateMcNameLover Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 10:20 am

My guess is Edie 🙂

At least betting on it being some kind of “nicknamey name”!

maddiejadore Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 10:26 am

I’n gonna guess Thea…

RiponJanelle Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 10:30 am

Colette, I feel like I’ve been seeing this name a lot more lately and I like it!

bre Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 11:00 am

My guess is Lillian.

missriss Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 11:01 am

my guess is Helena

Lena Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 11:03 am

Philippa for #101!

sydnergy Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 11:07 am

Vera

Trillium Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 11:10 am

Leonora is my guess

abbeyroad Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 11:15 am

I’ll guess Viola

arunciblespoon Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 11:24 am

Elsie?

amcrowell Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 11:30 am

Haven

ClaireElise Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 11:33 am

Adele?

peach25 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 11:36 am

I was going with Lillian, but will try Francesca

breannajai Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 11:42 am

Our Eleanor is due in March. I hope it doesn’t get much more popular.

As for 101, I would have said Hattie, but someone guessed that already. Therefore, I am going with Magnolia.

rstiltner17 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 11:42 am

My guess is going to be Avery

zillionzeldas Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Coraline or Estelle couldn’t decide which one to guess.

niteowl13 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I am surprised that Adele isn’t there.
Since other people have guessed this, I am going to say it’s Anastasia, Isn’t she the female character from 50 Shades of Grey?

niteowl13 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Someone already guessed Anastasia, so I am changing my guess to Coralie. One of my current faves!

lizroxy24 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

My guess is Layla

Poppy528 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I’ll guess Daphne because, we’ll, I dunno …

ariesgirl Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Blythe

missrin Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

101=Camilla

Halestorm Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Tabitha

jc54 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I’ll guess Maple for #101.

BerryBry Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Amelie
These aren’t my guesses just some other names I would expect to be popular:
Eva
Poppy
Lauren
Daisy
Elsa

Thealove Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Rhiannon is my guess.

scgskye Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Hmm…Sophie?

LCMpdx Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

well my guess for 1091 was going to be Flora but someone already said that, so I will say… Opal?

LCMpdx Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

That would be #101, not 1091… Don’t know what that was all about, lol.

SS33 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

How about Cecily for #101?

Amydomsmom Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

My guess is Maren =]

spotlightstarlit Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

My guess is Isabel!

Tressa Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Susannah 🙂

LexieM Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Niamh/Neve.

dannikelli Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

My guess is Eliana!

bounceparty Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Camila

leonielee Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Margot/Margo for #101!

bex.marie Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Riley/Rylee

dolliedagger Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Ramona!

ayc1983 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Savannah!

osubride0708 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Isolde

BrittanyM Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Mary

NellieDellie Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Ruth

maggiemary Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

All the names I would have guessed, have already been said, so all I will say is… Margaret at #64… *punches air in delight*

PrincessNoriBori Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Just throwing it out there, erm … Milena is my #101 guess. 🙂

Beautiful_Haiku Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Since Bryn wasn’t correct, I hope that I can use my other guess which is Tessa.

Harbs Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

#101- Clementine?

Harbs Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Oops! It’s on there already!

Lovelywren Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Nola

Dulcinea Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Paloma

edenlyla13 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I think 101 is going to be Rosalie

ruolan Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I’ll go with Molly as next in line for the Lily-Millie popularity.

NiamhEthna Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I’m going to guess my own name,
Niamh

Maple10 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Tallulah?

Goodkarmavt Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I want to guess Haven, but I’m going with Felicity.

Gingersnap Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Irene

MaryKathryn Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Poppy

MaryKathryn Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Poppy is already on there! Oops! How about Bay? Bay for #101

blessed Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Etta?

geeknamezyo Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I’ll guess Mireille

celia Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Julia?

SereneJean Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I’ll put my current first choice out there: Elena.

nameseeker3 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Jemima?

Jennifermelissa Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Delaney

ashthedreamer Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

I was going to guess Isabel, but it was already mentioned, so I’ll guess my beloved French alternative, Isabelle. 🙂

Aurra Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I think it is Cecilia.

MissusAytch Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Agatha?

Claredelune Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Where the heck is Harper? It’s been mentioned, but I guess Harper at #101. Or Eva.

caseyvastardis Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Natalie for 101.

Reubsmum77 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

#101 Persephone

abbygrace Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Daisy

vie Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Valentina

KrissyKat Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Fiona?

authorintraining Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Alice

Issy6 Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Sienna

Natrose Says:

December 18th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Frances

anna.bliss Says:

December 19th, 2012 at 12:34 am

Juno

lindseymae Says:

December 19th, 2012 at 12:58 am

My baby girl, Liliana?

LyndsayJenness Says:

December 19th, 2012 at 1:10 am

Darn I was going to say Daphne, second guess was Agatha.

I’m going with Elsie.

hello_sweetie Says:

December 19th, 2012 at 1:13 am

I’m going to go with Rory again for this one and high-five myself for having an awesome name! Ellie, yayy!

littlemissmariss Says:

December 19th, 2012 at 1:26 am

Opps, took another look and realized the name I guessed WAS on the list! 🙁

Hmm… Edith? 🙂

magicpotato Says:

December 19th, 2012 at 2:37 am

May

renmarks Says:

December 19th, 2012 at 9:10 am

Gabriella

pam Says:

December 19th, 2012 at 9:23 am

OK, we have a winner! Number 101 is Eva and Clairedelune is the lucky guesser. Please email me at pam@nameberry.com to claim your book. Thanks everyone else for guessing!

Jeanne6629 Says:

December 19th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Juliet?

Claredelune Says:

December 20th, 2012 at 1:27 am

Aww, yay! I should’ve known there would be a unisex list with Harper front and center. And Eva is my good friend’s daughter’s name. 🙂 Can’t wait to pore over the book. Thanks, Pam!!

ConsultantMeghan Says:

December 26th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Freya?

GigiGibbons Says:

December 27th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I was going to guess either Maeve or Aubrey but I see I would’ve been wrong altogether! 🙂 Congratulations Claredelune!

GigiGibbons Says:

December 27th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Haha, I read the list before I commented but I missed seeing Maeve in the #15 position.

KibaTalutah Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Elodie is my guess, that name is very trendy.

shalala Says:

January 7th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Emerson?

michalmarie Says:

February 11th, 2013 at 1:02 am

Brielle

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