When you're choosing a name for your baby, why should you care which names were most popular last year? What really matters is which baby names are going to be popular next year and into the future. You want to know which names you're going to hear most on the playground and in the classroom, which of today's stylish choices will become tomorrow's Top Ten and which will remain distinctive.
Nameberry's top names list, tallied from nearly six million views of our individual name pages, is an indication of which names parents will be using for their babies in 2012 and beyond.
The biggest news on the list: Asher as the new Number 1 for boys, taking over from Finn. Charlotte remains the top girls' name, though Unisex Number 1 Harper is attracting interest mostly for girls. New entries to the girls' Top 10 are Scarlett and Lila, and to the boys', the fashionable classic James.
While these may be Nameberry's favorite names, which on this list are your favorites? Check this space early in the New Year for our brackets competition to pick the favorite baby names of Huffington Post Parents.
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Charlotte is an elegant royal name with literary cred, from Charlotte Bronte to "Charlotte's Web." The choice of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. for their young daughter, Charlotte is the French feminine version of Charles meaning "free man." Charlie is its trendy nickname.
The Old Testament Asher reentered the Top 1000 only 20 years ago and now is zooming toward the top. With its lovely meaning -- fortunate or happy in Hebrew -- Asher can be shortened to Ash.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck catapulted this angelic name from obscurity to stardom when they chose it for their second daughter. Not yet on the U.S. Top 1000, Seraphina means ardent or fiery and could take over for the megapopular Sophia in the coming decade.
The simple and distinctive Finn, name of the greatest hero of Irish mythology, has been used in the U.S. only for the past decade. Now it has a starring role on Glee and also harkens back to the great American literary hero Huckleberry Finn.
Amelia picks up where big sister names Emily and Emma -- long the U.S. numbers one and two -- leave off, with its Victorian feel and connection to feminist heroine Amelia Earhart.
Henry is a longtime royal classic (think Henry VIII) which has been gathering steam in recent years and now is a favorite of upscale parents who prize its solid history and connection to heroes from Henry James to Hank Aaron.
Another old-fashioned favorite popularized by Garner and Affleck, Violet is both a color and a flower name with a Shakespearean pedigree.
Milo may be well-used in Ireland but its roots are German: It's a form of Miles and means mild and peaceful, qualities any parent might wish to confer on a child.
Isla owes its new high profile to a single celebrity, the lovely Australian actress Isla Fisher, star of Wedding Crashers and wife of Sacha Baron Cohen. A Scottish place name that only entered the Top 1000 in 2008 and is already in the U.S. Top 300, Isla is pronounced with a long initial I and silent s, to rhyme with Lila.
Jasper is one of the few gem names (it's a variety of quartz) that works for boys. Persian for "bringer of treasure," the gently old-fashioned Jasper relates to The Three Wise Men, artist Jasper Johns, and the Twilight books and movies, undoubtedly the main reason for its resurgence.
Imogen is another old-fashioned name with a happy meaning, "beloved child." With the last syllable pronounced like Jen rather than Jean, Imogen has never cracked the U.S. Top 1000 but is more widely used in Britain.
Atticus may be one of the least likely popular names of the modern age, an ancient Greek name meaning "from Athens" that was brought into the 20th century as the name of the hero of "To Kill A Mockingbird."
The 19th century German princess Adelaide came first, followed by the Australian city named in her honor. Adelaide owes much of its recent rise to other fashionable A names, including Ava, Ada, Adeline, and Audrey.
Oliver, the most popular boys' name in England, is also a new favorite in the U.S., brother name to the megapopular Olivia. Both mean "olive tree." Famous Olivers include Hardy, Stone, and Twist.
Alice is an ancient name with royal roots and impressive literary connections: Notable modern writers named Alice include Munro, Walker, Sebold, Hoffman, McDermott, Adams, and Elliott Dark. Not to mention the timeless children's heroine, Alice in Wonderland.
James is a traditional name with a hot new image, largely thanks to brooding hunk James Franco. A relative of Number 1 boys' name Jacob -- both are Hebrew and mean "supplanter" -- James is an all-time top name for boys.
Scarlett Johannson did more to popularize her name in a few years than Gone With The Wind's Scarlett O'Hara managed to do over decades, making it at once more human and hotter. The White Stripes' Jack White and supermodel Karen Elson have a Scarlett.
Jude, a Latin diminutive of Judah, has a more positive image than the original, made glossier and more modern by actor Jude Law. Other cultural references: The Beatles' song Hey Jude and Saint Jude, patron of lost causes.
Lila is the most popular of a raft of double L names that are lilting and lovely: Lily, Lilian, Leyla, Laila, Lola, Talullah, and Delilah. Arabic for lilac, Lila was chosen by both Chris Rock and Kate Moss for their daughter.
Felix and Oscar are both hot names, with Felix like Nameberry's Number 1 Asher also meaning happy or fortunate, apparently a good omen for parents. Felix is also newly popular in Germany and Austria.
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