The Name Game!

The great name debate continues, so after a quick google search I found the top names of 2012 according to the Social Security office.  Now, of course we’ve been tossing some around for awhile (we call it the short list) and I’m actually pretty excited to see the ones we’re narrowing in on aren’t on this list.

Top 10 Baby Names For 2012

Baby Names

Rank Male name Female name
1 Jacob Sophia
2 Mason Emma
3 Ethan Isabella
4 Noah Olivia
5 William Ava
6 Liam Emily
7 Jayden Abigail
8 Michael Mia
9 Alexander Madison
10 Aiden Elizabeth

Meanwhile, you can also search and see how your favorite names rank by state.  In a quick search of Oregon, there are a few boy names that fall on both lists but there appears to be a bit of a difference.  There’s a clear trend in Oregon for older more established names.  Alexander, William, Henry, Samuel, Daniel, Benjamin all make the top ten, while nationwide slightly more modern names such as Mason, Ethan, Jayden, Aiden are ranking high.

Though when you look at girls names it’s clear what the favorites are.  In fact, the same four names rank in the top four on both lists, Sophia and Emma taking first and second respectively on both lists.  While Isabella and Olivia round out the next two spots.

Popularity for top 100 names in Oregon for births in 2012
Rank Male name Number of
Female name Number of
1 Liam 241 Sophia 263
2 Mason 196 Emma 262
3 Alexander 195 Olivia 186
4 William 184 Isabella 169
5 Henry 179 Abigail 161
6 Ethan 173 Emily 154
7 Samuel 172 Amelia 146
8 Daniel 170 Ava 132
9 Benjamin 169 Addison 128
10 Logan 165 Elizabeth 126

So, while we have a few on “the short list” we haven’t selected our name just yet.  I’m quite surprised actually at how difficult choosing a name is.  There’s no pressure here, right?

So how long did it take for you to chose a name?  Did you wait until delivery day to select one?  Did you share your name before baby was born or keep it private?  Enlighten me on your name game process, because we’ve still got a ways to go.



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