The official Social Security list of the most popular baby names has been released, and Jacob holds down the number one spot for males, riding a 14-year streak at numero uno.
Sophia hits number one for the ladies for the second straight year.
The top ten for each gender lies within.
First up, the fellas top ten names for 2012:
Emerging names for males include Major, Gael, Jase, Messiah (wow, that’s a lot of pressure to put on someone), Brantley, Iker (never heard this name until NOW), King, Rory, Ari. Armani is making a strong move upward as well.
New names making moves on the big chart include Arya, Peria, Catalina, Elisa, Raelyn, Rosalie, Haven, Brianna, Adelyn, Hanna and Ayla.
I always like looking up my name “Howard”, and it’s heading toward “Old Man” status, dropping almost out of the top 1000.
The blog throwingthings noticed this trend:
Outside the top 1000, the Baby Name Wizard blog says to keep an eye on Cataleya and all its variants, based on the film Colombiana, as well as “liquid names” — “they flow smoothly, like water down a glass streambed with no rocks or branches to impede its path. You can speak names like Anaya, Aliya, and Eliana with every sound drawn out long, and without visibly moving your mouth. Pure flow.”
And mental_floss has this interesting look at naming trends of the past. Including the -ford trend of the early 1900’s: Clifford, Rutherford, Crawford, Buford, Harrisonford (okay, I made that one up.)