Top Baby Names of 2012: Did Yours Make the List?

As with all end-of-year wrap-ups, its time to reflect on all things 2012 — and that includes baby names.

While the official Social Security list won’t come out until sometime in early 2013, BabyCenter recently released their findings for the top 100 baby names of 2012 — as well as the fastest-rising baby names in the BabyCenter community. Of course there are the usual candidates waving proudly from their pedestals, but there’s been some shake-up in the rankings — including newcomers to the Top 10 and Top 100 lists.

Check out the top baby names — did yours make the list?


1. Sophia (reclaiming the top spot for the third year in a row)

2. Emma

3. Olivia

4. Isabella

5. Ava

6. Lily

7. Zoe (means “life” in Greek)

8. Chloe

9. Mia (new to the top 10!)

10. Madison (on BabyCenters Top 10 list for 11 years, and starting to slip)

11. Emily

12. Ella

13. Madelyn


14. Abigail (slipping from her top 10 spot)

15. Aubrey

New to the Top 100:

  • Lyla
  • Elena
  • Mila
  • Eliana
  • Ruby
  • Alice
  • Reese
  • Clara
  • Quinn
  • Isla
  • Eleanor


1. Aiden (8th year at #1)

2. Jackson (making his way to the top!)

3. Ethan (jumped up in popularity)

4. Liam

5. Mason (dropped two spots since last year)

6. Noah (climbing, climbing, climbing)

7. Lucas

8. Jacob (in decline)

9. Jayden (also in decline)

10. Jack (now in the top 10!)

11. Logan (down from last year)

12. Ryan

13. Caleb

14. Benjamin

15. William

New to the Top 100:

  • Leo
  • Declan
  • Easton
  • Lincoln
  • Harrison

See the FULL TOP 100 LIST at BabyCenter, and see which baby names are jumping up in popularity (like Mackenzie, Harper, and Nora; plus Oliver, Charlie, and Sebastian.)

(Note: BabyCenter gets its data from the over half a million BabyCenter readers who shared their 2012 baby names.)

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