Top US baby names of 2012 revealed

Most popular 10 baby names for girls and boys in 2012 announced by popular US parenting website

The most popular US baby names of 2012 have been revealed – and where America goes, the UK is sure to follow.

The list showed the influence of popular culture, celebrities, the Olympics and inspirational figures.Baby names have been inspired by books, films and the British royal family ©Rex

The top slot for both boys and girls remained the same as in 2011, with Aiden number one for its eighth year and Sophia hanging on for its third, according to the annual survey by BabyCenter.

The results are based on the names of 450,000 babies, whose mums are registered on the site

Top 10 girls’ names

1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Olivia
4. Isabella
5. Ava
6. Lily
7. Zoe
8. Chloe
9. Mia
10. Madison

Top 10 boys’ names

1. Aiden
2. Jackson
3. Ethan
4. Liam
5. Mason
6. Noah
7. Lucas
8. Jacob
9. Jayden
10. Jack

Outside the top 10, there were some definite trends noted by researchers. Fifty Shades of Grey is clearly still influencing parents, with the name Grey up 20 per cent, Anastasia up 10 per cent and Ana climbing 35 slots. Amusingly the name Christian declined in popularity – perhaps not seen as a good role model for little boys!

It’s been Britain’s year, and that is clearly going to live on in the names of babies born in 2012. Harry has increased by a huge 57 per cent thanks to both One Direction’s Harry Styles and the Prince, while Pippa is up by 35 per cent thanks to the other Middleton sister. In fact, four out of five of the One Direction lads’ names have also seen a rise, suggesting the Brit invasion is well under way.

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