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

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.

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

Baby Name Trends In 2013

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."