It’s Christmas in May! The Social Security Administration has released the data on last year’s most popular baby names. As usual, there are a few surprises and a couple of anticipated moves.
- I was officially wrong – Jacob held on to the #1 ranking for boys in the US. I expected Mason to take over the top spot. And yet, as Rui pointed out, the difference between Jacob and Mason was a mere 40 births …
- Harper and Aria made big leaps for girls – no shockers there. But how ’bout Cataleya? More girls’ names on the rise in 2012: Piper, Hadley, Willow, Ivy, Hazel, Iris, Londyn, Lyric, Journey, Paris, Fiona, Luna, Phoebe, Selenda, Isla, Ruth, Helen, Edith, Rosemary, Rosalie, Ada, Vera, Fernanda, Jazlyn, June, Sloane. And many more.
- Excited to see Arlo up for boys! And look at that big jump in the number of babies named Liam. Other boy names making gains: Flynn and Finn, of course. But also Greyson, Cruz, Judah, Silas, Declan, Ezra, Beckett, Kai, Jax, August, Davis, Archer, Orion, Paxton. To name just a few.
- Sawyer is rising for boys and girls. I continue to wonder if we’re early days into an era when baby names can truly be gender neutral.
- There’s an interesting thing happening with the -aiden names. While mainstream choices like Aiden, Jayden, and Brayden are all slipping, a new wave of names is gaining: Rayden, Zayden, Zaiden, Raiden are catching on, even as the original Aidan falters.
- Huxley and Wren remain outside the US Top 1000. So does Cordelia!
- Place names are big, and we’re always embracing new ones. Malaysia made a big jump for the girls, and Aspen gained, too.
- Jessa and Josie were both up. Duggar much? Of course, there’s also the Jessa character on Girls. And Jinger remains off the radar, so maybe it isn’t about the super-sized reality family at all.
What are your favorite finds from the 2012 baby name data so far?