top baby names 2012

[Top Baby Names 2012] No, Hashtag Isn’t One Of Them

The top baby names for 2012 have been tallied and compiled into a list, as is standard, and while some are of the more modern variety, you may be disappointed to learn that “Hashtag” hasn’t quite made the list yet. (Click here for a Team Coco chart documenting some techy alternatives to “Hashtag.”)

The top baby names in 2012 are a continuation of trends noticeable in recent years — one being that of parents to select variations on common names to create a more unique version of a name they favor.

The top baby names in 2012 also have some newer standards — like the name “Aidan” or “Aiden” for boys, which has been in the number one spot for much of the past decade.

BabyCenter’s Linda Murray commented on naming trends that have influenced the top baby names of 2012, noting that while every new parent seems to want a special moniker for their snowflake, that older names are also considered to have a bit of cachet.

Murray explained:

“They don’t want their child to be a cookie cutter. They want their kid to have a unique identity … Names from two generations back are meaningful and retro and have a cool factor.”

BabyCenter pulls the top baby names for 2012 (and subsequent years) from user data into a list of 100 names for each gender.

We’ve listed below the first ten boys and girls names from the top baby names in 2012 — did your favored baby name selection make the list?


1. Aiden

2. Jackson

3. Ethan

4. Liam

5. Mason

6. Noah

7. Lucas

8. Jacob

9. Jayden

10. Jack


1. Sophia

2. Emma

3. Olivia

4. Isabella

5. Ava

6. Lily

7. Zoe

8. Chloe

9. Mia

10. Madison