2012 Names Released; How Trendy is Your Style?

It wasn’t too long ago that the Social Security Administration released their data on the most popular baby names this year. This kind of information can be helpful and interesting, because it tells us the rising and falling trends. When you see the most popular choices you can stay far, far away from those.

This past year, the top ten in the USA was:

  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

Now, I’ll admit that a few of those are on my own list. For the most part, though, we can look at the top 10, or even the top 100, as a sure sign of what is becoming overdone and what to maybe avoid.

You may in fact enjoy checking out the very bottom of the Top 1000 list. Usually only a couple hundred babies in that year will receive these names, at most.

991 Karsen Devyn
992 Jarrett Geraldine
993 Apollo Analia
994 Denzel Hayleigh
995 Foster Landry
996 Gilbert Sofie
997 Jaylon Tess
998 Kylen Ashtyn
999 Augustine Jessa
1000 Dangelo Katalina

Okay, only 2 of those are on my list. Hmmm…

But what about those of us who want to avoid the Top 1000?

Here is a sampling of some of the least popular names in 2012. Very few babies received these names, but they were used.

GIRLS

Axelle
Bezawit
Cyara
Dreah
Ellyot
Falicity
Georgi
Haadiya
Ifeoma
Jullisa
Kindal
Lexci
Myrissa
Noralyn
Orlandria
Phia
Quantavia
Roen
Skiler
Taeler
Uzuri
Vritika
Wiam
Xavianna
Yanel
Zmya

Lucifer

BOYS

Adrianne
Bowan
Cohyn
Demitrus

Ezri
Faraji
Gahan
Hanz
Iason
Jyson
Krispin
Lucifer
Myler
Nyaire
Owain
Peregrin
Quinntin
Rhome
Sunnie
Theryn
Uchenna
Vasiliy
Weslie
Xachery
Yavier
Zylin

What you see here is a mix of dusted off classics, names from minority languages, kre8tyv spellings of well-known names, “new” compounds, “new” nicknames, and invented names. No matter your style, you are bound to find some names above that are totally usable, and others which are totally unfortunate.

Maybe you prefer something more middle of the road? Say you’re looking for something not near the Top 1000, but not near as… exotic, as the above samples. Try some of these on.

GIRLS
Annica
Briony
Conley
Deidra
Emilija
Faryn
Gianelle
Hartlyn
Irish
Judea
Kanon
Lyda
Metzli
Niyonna
Onna
Paz
Quynn
Rhythm
Sophina
Takia
Urijah
Venezia
Wania
Xara
Yarexi
Zen

BOYS
Angelito
Berk
Creedence
Detrick
Eladio
Fareed
Geo
Henryk
Izzak
Jesaiah
Khyron
Lukasz
Mykael
Netanel
Olaf
Philopateer
Qadir
Raef
Seiji
Tuck
Ulyses
Vash
Woodson
Xane
Yomar
Zeno

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