Sophia and Aiden hold tight to top spots; Mia and Jack new to Top 10. BabyCenter, a leading pregnancy and parenting mobile and web destination worldwide, released Thursday the results of its annual Baby Names Survey and the Top 100 Baby Names of 2012.

Based on the names of 450,000 babies born in 2012 to moms registered on the BabyCenter website, Aiden tops the boys’ list for the eighth consecutive year while Sophia holds tight to the lead for girls for the third year in a row.

However, there was some movement within the top 10 as Mia and Jack joined the ranks. Moms also looked to new, unexpected sources for baby name inspiration this year.

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“A unique or unusual name remains one of the top qualities parents seek in a baby name, but it’s trending down. What’s becoming more important to new parents is finding a name with meaning,” says Linda Murray, BabyCenter Global Editor in Chief. “Parents are looking for more substance in baby names.”

BabyCenter’s Top 100 Baby Names list combines names that sound the same but have different spellings, making it a true measure of baby name popularity.

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The website also conducts its Baby Names Survey every year, talking directly to parents about their baby name decisions and diving deep into the psychology and trends surrounding baby naming.

Top 10 Baby Names of 2012

Girls Boys
Sophia Aiden
Emma Jackson
Olivia Ethan
Isabella Liam
Ava Mason
Lily Noah
Zoe Lucas
Chloe Jacob
Mia Jayden
Madison Jack


Moms weren’t only focused on names with meaning this year. As always, pop culture had a big influence, with celebrities, athletes, and politicians also making their mark. Additionally, characters in TV shows and books sent moms’ imaginations running wild, suggests BabyCenter.

Photo courtesy: BabyCenter

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