When it comes to the all-important, and often all-consuming, new parent task of deciding what your beloved offspring should be called for the rest of their lives, moms and dads seem to stick to what they know.
For the eighth consecutive year, Aiden was the No. 1 boys name, and for the third year in a row, Sophia was the most popular name for girls this year, according to the list of the 100 most popular baby names of 2012 just released by BabyCenter.
Making their way into the top 10 this year were Mia, for girls, knocking out Abigail, and Jack, for boys, joining its other iterations of Jackson, No. 2, and Jacob, No. 8, as a top-ranked name.
While the usual dose of celebrity and pop culture seemed to influence parents’ choices, a few names in the headlines recently fell out of popularity.
Penelope, for example, the name of Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick’s new daughter, fell out of the top 100 list, while Bella, the name of Kristen Stewart’s character in the “Twilight” saga, made the site’s list of “Biggest Fallers,” dropping 42 spots to number 68.
Still, although celebrities are often mocked for their children’s names – see Apple (Gwyneth Paltrow), Kal-El (Nicolas Cage), Pilot Inspektor (Jason Lee) and Fifi Trixibelle (Bob Geldof) – pop influence weighs heavily on the list. Every name of the One Direction band members “triggered a name mini-boom,” according to the site. Blue Ivy, the daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z, kept colored-themed names high on the list, and even the royals and Victoria and David Beckham, from across the pond, appeared up top.
Most impressively, among all judges on talented-related reality shows like “X-Factor,” “American Idol” and “Dancing With the Stars,” it was Bruno, the first name of the rambunctious judge on “Dancing,” Bruno Toniolo, that saw “the greatest judge-related increase,” rising more than 400 spots among boys’ names.
And for parents who used to name their kids after the city or location where they were conceived or born, the trend now seems to be naming them after perhaps the inspiration behind their conception. Names related to the steamy “50 Shades” trilogy saw a rise, with the name Grey and Gray rising 155 and 73 spots, respectively, for boys and the name Anastasia, for girls, jumping up 43 spots in popularity.
The parenting website compiled the list from 450,000 baby names that parents submitted to the site.
Here are the Top 5 names for each sex: