Baby Names Ripped From The Headlines In 2012

12/14/2012 12:02 pm ET

By Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz for Nameberry

The most notable names of 2012 have taken a colorful direction this year, with international influences that range from presidents to K-pop to celebrities and the characters they play, and from the web to the weather.

Our picks for the 12 names most emblematic of 2012 -– plus the dozen also-rans -– are:

The 12 Most Notable Names of 2012

Nameberry is the baby name website created by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, authors of ten bestselling books on names including "Cool Names for Babies" and "The Baby Name Bible."