With 2013 underway and new year's baby contest winners being crowned, the most popular baby names of 2012 are also being revealed. Babycenter.com, the number one pregnancy and parenting site on the web, provided their 100 most popular baby names in the United States. The top 10 girls' and boys' names are as follows:
Aiden claims the No.1 boys name for the eighth consecutive year while Sophia was the most popular name for girls for the third year in a row.
Celebrities and movie characters often influence baby names. Luckily pop culture doesn't always have a big impact. According to Time, Uma Thurman and her husband used 7 names on their daughter's birth certificate, while another Twitter-obsessed couple named their daughter Hashtag.
The website, Nameberry, bases popularity off of page views of particular names. This often reflects current interest and future trends in baby names. For instance, Katniss, heroine of "The Hunger Games," takes the top spot for most-viewed names for girls, while Irish mythological name Finn is the leader for boys.
Quirky and traditional names are hot for girls while new Old Testament choices and Scandinavian and ancient Roman names are popular for boys. Increasing in popularity for girls include Penelope, Chloe, Evelyn, and Wren. Boy names include Simon, Zachary, Samuel, Kieran and Soren. Unisex names continue to be popular, with Harper, Quinn, and Rowan forming the top 3.
Several similarities can be found between popular names in the U.S. and those given to the 95 Palo Alto county babies born this year.
Top boy names in the area were Matthew, Jase/Jace and Carson/Karsyn at 2 each. Top girl names were Charlotte and Olivia, also at 2 apiece. Forms of Lily, Lilyana and Lilian were also popular. All of the top girl names can be found within the top 14 most popular names in the U.S. Ironically, Carson and Karsyn were both born on the same day, as were Lily and Lilyana.
Some of the unique names include Nyekohta, Axton, Leviathan, Ryker and Lively. Middle names were more traditional with Ann and James topping the charts at 5 each. Jean and Michael were the second most popular middle names at 4 and 3 respectively.
Girl births reached 54 in Palo Alto County while boys totaled 41. Their times of birth were fairly balanced with 46 born in the morning and 49 born in the afternoon and evening hours.