Category Archives: 2012 Baby Name Trends


Is Your Name Trending?

Wouldn’t it be nice to see the popularity of a baby name over time to see if you are choosing the correct fit? Searching online for the perfect name is just one way that you can go about naming your soon-to-be.

If you are using Google, type in “Baby Name Graph” and select the link. Here you will be able to view a variety of names and their popularity from the late 1800’s to today.

Ashley: Ranked 13th in 2007
David: Ranked 5th in 1980
John: Ranked 15th in 1990
Kayla: Ranked 12th in 1990


Top Baby Names of 2012

Baby names and naming traditions have continuously changed throughout the course of time. The top names of 2012 consist of common first names such as Mason, Emma, Ethan, and Olivia. Sophia and Liam have also ranked in the top 5 of the 40 most common baby names of 2012. It is sometimes easy for parents to disregard the names towards the bottom of the list.

Here on, we believe that every name is unique and can hold a special in your family, or others across the world. From Spanish baby names to French-inspired names, Greek baby names, and beyond, you name it, we have mentioned it. Check out this list of baby names found at the bottom of the list of the top baby names of 2012.


Eli (Hebrew): Ascend; my God
Evan (Hebrew): God is gracious
Hunter (English): Hunter; one who hunts
Tyler (English): Tile maker; tile layer


Gabriella (Hebrew): God is my might
Leah (Hebrew): Weary
Stella (Latin): Star
Victoria (Latin): Conqueror; victory


Why is Wednesday, January 18th Special?

The 18th day of the month does not often fall on a Wednesday. In 2005, the 18th day of the month only fell on a Wednesday one time throughout the entire year. In 2009, Wednesday the 18th occurred three times and will again occur three times this year. If you are expecting a child or hoping to expand your family within the year 2012, you have a 2 out of 12 chance that your child will be born on Wednesday the 18th from now until December.

Here are a few names that you might like for your mysterious and magical soon-to-be.


Camden (Gaelic): From the winding valley
Corbin (English): Resembling a raven
Marlow (English): Resembling driftwood
Tavi (Aramaic): A good man


Drea (Greek): Form of Andrew, meaning “womanly; courageous and strong”
Jersey (English): From one of the Channel Islands
Kai (Hawaiian): Woman of the sea
London (English): From the capital of England


New Year Babies around the Nation

As we approach the second week of 2012, let’s take time to look back on the New Year. There were quite a few babies born within the wee hours of the morning New Years day and the list is finally out! Check out the names of the babies born state-by-state from midnight through the morning.


Akier (African): A brave man -12:18 a.m. Pennsylvania
Tucker (English): One who makes garments -12:00 a.m. Missouri
Wesley (English): From the Western meadow -12:20 a.m. Arkansas
Wyatt (English): Having the strength of a warrior -12:52 a.m. North Dakota


Adelyn (German): Of the nobility; serene; of good humor – 12:46 a.m. Kansas
Carolyn (Latin): Feminine form of Charles; a joyous song; a small, strong woman -12:02 a.m. Connecticut
Kristiana (English): Form of Christina, meaning “follower of Christ” -12:03 a.m. Louisiana
Rania (Hebrew): A lovely singer; a queenly woman – 12:00 a.m. New York


January Famous Birthdays

These young celebrity children will only be a year or two older than your soon-to-be! If they take after mom and dad, they might be the next big name in Hollywood. If you are stumped and have yet to settle on a name, consider the names of your favorite celebrity couples children.


Flynn (Irish): One who has a ruddy complexion -Son of Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr
Leo (Latin): Resembling a lion -Son of Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem
Phyllon (Greek): Leaf -Son of Doutzen Kroes and Sunnery James
Shane (English): Form of John, meaning “God is gracious” -Son of Shane Filan and Gilliam Welsh


Coco (Spanish): Form of Socorro, meaning “one who offers help and relief” -Daughter of Tony Kanal and Erin Lokitz
Grace (Latin): Having God’s favor -Daughter of Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham
Hillary (Greek): A cheerful woman; bringer of joy -Daughter of Samantha and Michael Hess
Vida (Latin/Hebrew) Life/one who is dearly loved: -Daughter of Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves


New Year, New Baby

This weekend will mark the first day of the New Year. Whether you will be out celebrating with friends, or staying at home with the family, this year will mark the start of a new you as a soon-to-be parent. Here are a few names picked by the Baby Name Registry that are sure to suit your 2012 New Year baby. Check back after the New Year for hot new trends that are sure to catch on as we progress through the end of the winter and into the spring. Have a healthy and safe New Year!


Garnett (English/French): Resembling the dark-red gem; birthstone of January
Neo (Greek): Brand-new
Newland (English): From the new land
Phoenix (Greek): A dark-red color; in mythology, an immortal bird


Aviva (Hebrew): One who is innocent and joyful; resembling spring time
Eve (Hebrew): Giver of life; a lively woman
January (Latin): A winter child; born during the month of January
Shiloh (Hebrew): One who is peaceful; abundant



Traditional, Political, and Sport Names for your Soon-to-be

Holiday shopping has yet to subside. According to a recent MarketTools study, 62% of the $46+ billion in returns made after the gift giving season were on clothes and other apparel alone. Toys and games accounted for 16% with electronics at a close third at 14%.

In honor of returning gifts, the Baby Name Registry has come up with the top 4 boys and girls names that will also be returning to popularity for the upcoming year.

One cannot go wrong when choosing a name that has been around for centuries. Biblical names such as Noah and Jacob may be a good pick for the upcoming year as well as traditional names like Ava and Helen. Another suggestion is to take a look at influential figures in the U.S. Names such as Landry and Sandra might be fitting for the sport star or political figure in your family.


Jacob (Hebrew): He who supplants
Landry (English): Land ruler
Noah (Hebrew): A peaceful wanderer
Stanley (English): From the stony meadow


Ava (German/Italian): A birdlike woman/from the water
Helen (Greek): The shining light; in mythology, Helen was the most beautiful woman in the world
Monroe (Gaelic): Woman from the river
Sandra (Greek): Form of Alexandra, meaning “helper and defender of mankind”


2012 Trends: Perfectly Girly and Masculine Names

What do you get when you add an extra dose of femininity to the perfect sweetheart names? The top trendy baby girl names of 2012, of course! In addition to the baby name trends posted yesterday, here are a couple more foreseen trends that are sure to kick off the start of the New Year. From extremely girly to the new boys on the block, this list of names is sure to be anything but boring:

Feminine Names: 2012 Trend

Amelia (German): One who is industrious and hardworking
Charlotte (French): Little woman
Emma (German): One who is complete; a universal woman
Grace (Latin): Having God’s favor; in mythology, the Graces were the personification of beauty, charm, and grace
Olivia (Latin): Feminine form of Oliver; of the olive tree; one who is peaceful

New Boys on the Block: 2012 Trend

Aiden (Irish): A fiery young man
Alexander (Greek): Helper and defender of mankind
Benjamin (Hebrew): Son of the south; son of the right hand
Connor (Gaelic): A wolf-lover
Gavin (Welsh): A little white falcon
Nicholas (Greek): Of the victorious people
Owen (Welsh/Gaelic): Form of Eugene, meaning “a wellborn man/a youthful man”
Rory (Gaelic): A red-haired man


2012 Trends: Hot Comebacks and Royal Names

The start of 2012 has yet to arrive but the top baby names of the upcoming year have! How is that so? Although it cannot be said which names have made a comeback without the year actually beginning, Parenting Magazine does predict a few of the potential baby name trends for the start of the new year.

Does it come as any surprise that the hot royalty duo made their mark on the new baby name trend, or that those once popular names are making a comeback?  

Great Kate: 2012 Trend

Elizabeth (Hebrew): My God is bountiful
Henry (German): The ruler of the house
James (Hebrew): Form of Jacob, meaning “he who supplants”
John (Hebrew): God is gracious; in the Bible, one of the Apostles
Kate (Greek): Form of Catherine, meaning “one who is pure; virginal”
Liam (Gaelic): Form of William, meaning “the determined protector”
Pippa (English): Form of Philipa, meaning “a friend of horses”
William (German): The determined protector

Tried and True: 2012 Trend

Andrew (Greek): Manly; a warrior
Jennifer (Welsh): One who is fair; a beautiful girl
Matthew (Hebrew): A gift from God
Michael (Hebrew): Who is like God?
Rachel (Hebrew): The innocent lamb; in the Bible, Jacob’s wife
Sarah (Hebrew): Princess; lady; in the Bible, wife of Abraham

Check back with the Baby Name Registry tomorrow to get your fill on more of the upcoming trendy names of 2012.