Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Babies of 2012

I've always loved names, variations of names, and lists of names, probably dating from childhood times I spent writing lots of stories or imaging new characters.

The top baby names of 2012 in the USA, according to Baby Center:

1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Olivia
4. Isabella
5. Ava
6. Lily
7. Zoe
8. Chloe
9. Mia
10. Madison

1. Aiden
2. Jackson
3. Ethan
4. Liam
5. Mason
6. Noah
7. Lucas
8. Jacob
9. Jayden
10. Jack

They note that "To capture true popularity, our exclusive baby names list combines names that sound the same but have multiple spellings (like Sophia or Sofia.) Our data comes from nearly half a million parents who shared their baby's name with us in 2012."

 And for more fun,  the top baby names in our favorite Nordic country in 2012:

Nora / Norah - 438
Emma - 436
Sofie / Sophie - 427
Linnea / Linea - 395
Sara / Sahra / Sarah - 352
Emilie - 347
Ingrid / Ingri - 346
Thea / Tea - 338
Leah / Lea - 325
Sofia / Sophia - 322

Lucas / Lukas - 527
Emil - 424
Mathias / Matias - 424
Jonas - 424
Alexander / Alexander - 385
William - 373
Oskar / Oscar - 373
Magnus - 368
Markus / Marcus - 367
Oliver - 355

The number by each name is the actual number of babies given that name.  It give you an interesting perspective on scale, since I think there are around 4 million babies born in the US each year, so there must be thousands of American Sophias to top the list in comparison to the 438 Noras to top the second list.

Sophia, Emma, and Lucas seem to be international favorites!

When we named the boys, we just picked names we liked and thought sounded good with our other names, but we also wanted something in the top one hundred (people can pronounce it) but not in the top ten (there aren't twelve kids with the same name in class.)  I'm always interested in people choose names!


Bob said...

The name Emma came back, I used to think that was a name in the elder generation. May be the Movie Emma changed that or Emma Watson.

Amber Strocel said...

I wrote about baby names recently, too. We were even more haphazard about names. I just made a list of names I liked, and then my husband and I chose together. I didn't spend too much time thinking about the popularity. As a result, I ended up with two names from the top 10 lists of the day. Luckily, so far it hasn't been a problem.

Mayberry said...

I love this stuff too. So fun hearing how babies get their names.