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Most Popular Baby Names 2012: The Top 100 Names For Boys And Girls

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By Pamela Redmond Satran for Nameberry

There are new no. 1 baby names for both girls and boys on Nameberry for 2012. Movie queen Katniss, heroine of "The Hunger Games," takes the top spot among our most-viewed names for girls, while Irish mythological name Finn leapfrogs over our former top boy names Asher and Henry to claim the most popular crown.

Our official 2012 popularity lists, based on nearly 13 million views of our name pages, reflect current interest and future trends in baby names. What’s hot: quirky, traditional names for girls, new Old Testament choices for boys, along with Scandinavian and ancient Roman names.

Names moving fastest up the ladder for girls include the Kardashian choice Penelope, Chloe, Evelyn, and Wren. Boys’ names leapfrogging in popularity include the biblical Simon, Zachary, and Samuel, along with imports Kieran and Soren.

New entrants to our Top 100 include pop culture-inspired Merida and Aria, along with Florence, Luna, and Pearl for girls; Zane, Cato, Stellan, Cyrus, and Nolan for boys.

Unisex names continue to be popular, with Harper, Quinn, and Rowan the Top 3. Of these, Harper and Quinn are moving further toward the girls’ side, while Rowan remains more evenly divided between the genders.

Here, Nameberry’s full official Top 100 lists for both girls and boys, along with the Top 10 unisex names.

GIRLSBOYSUNISEX
KatnissFinnHarper
CharlotteAsherQuinn
ImogenHenryRowan
SeraphinaMiloKai
AmeliaJasperAvery
PenelopeJamesSawyer
VioletOliverEmerson
IslaAtticusElliot
EleanorJudeRory
AliceOwenAugust
AdelaideFelix
CoraLevi
EvelynLiam
AuroraEmmett
MaeveLeo
ScarlettSilas
ElizaMiles
SophiaEzra
ClaireSebastian
GraceNoah
LilaDeclan
NoraJack
HazelLuca
OliviaHudson
AvaEverett
Ivy Max
ElizabethEthan
ClaraCaleb
LucyWilliam
RubyEli
StellaMicah
MatildaTheodore
BeatriceCharlie
WrenFlynn
EllaOscar
EmmaBenjamin
MeridaRhys
PoppyIsaac
ClementineLuke
ChloeBeckett
IsabellaJulian
EvangelineElijah
AureliaGabriel
AudreyWyatt
WillaNathaniel
JosephineAlexander
RoseSimon
IrisTheo
MilaHugo
MaisieDashiell
LilyMason
ArabellaCallum
GenevieveSamuel
AdelineJacob
ElodieLucas
AriaXavier
EloiseArlo
MaeRoman
LydiaThomas
CarolineArthur
HarlowArcher
PhoebeJonah
JulietZachary
MargaretJohn
JaneElias
GemmaZane
FlorenceCole
EmmelineJackson
ZoePhineus
EsmeGrayson
OliveChristian
EmilyKieran
CordeliaSoren
MiaCato
DelilahAndrew
GeorgiaDexter
MadelineEvan
SadieCharles
HannahNicholas
WillowRufus
AnnaStellan
PiperOrion
LunaGideon
HadleyAiden
CeceliaEdward
ZaraNathan
MayaHolden
MabelCyrus
PearlNolan
IsadoraDaniel
KateGriffin
AmelieMichael
EllieMatthew
VivianJoseph
LolaGeorge
EdenTobias
LuciaSeth
BeatrixBodhi
MillieReed
AnaisHarry

Plus, here are Nameberry’s predictions for baby names in 2013.

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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."

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