The Top Baby Names of 2012 according to the US Social Security Administration are out!

For those of you who read my Tired of Being Pregnant Blog, you know what a pain in the ass it was for FTD and I to name Ollie.  I hated his names, he hated mine.  We could not even agree on a short list! When we went into the hospital for delivery I was set on Finley and He was set on Oliver, and neither one of us was going to budge! Then fate reared it's ugly head in my face... the mother in the delivery room next to us had just given birth and named her baby Finley.  I was crestfallen...

The only thing FTD and I could agree on when it came to naming our son was that we didn't want a popular name.  We wanted something different, but not too different, like Coconut- we aren't famous we couldn't pull it off. So when the baby next door was born with my name, I caved.  Oliver it was.

Here is the not so funny part, Oliver is EXTREMELY popular in Europe and Australia, so depending on where we are, he may not be the only Oliver in his class.  According to The Social Security database Oliver ranks number 73 for 2012 but #305 in 2000 so the name is gaining a bit of steam.

Now on to what you probably want to know.  The Top 10 Boy and Girl Names of 2012 according to the U.S Social Security Administration.  

                            BOYS    GIRLS

If your baby's name is not on this list, but you want to know where his/her name ranks, Click Here to find out. 

I have to say I am a little shocked that Chloe is not on this list.  I have five girlfriends who gave birth to Chole's in 2012. FIVE!  And to see Olivia on the list, but not Oliver! OK?  What do you think. Any shockers or names you think should be on the Top 10 list instead?

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Anonymous said...

My daughter is ranked #623 on the list of popularity, so I'm pleased to see that since my name used to be uncommon too. Her name is Brenna. It's Irish/Gaelic in origin since both her pappa and I have Irish roots. Interestingly enough, it was the ONLY name we picked and thank goodness she wasn't a boy, LOL!

Unknown said...

LOL. I hate that I really loved a lot of the names that are on the list, but when I saw them on the top 10-20, I had to look elsewhere... growing up a "Jessica" (okay, probably why mom spelled it Jessika), it was a pain in the ass. So.... yeah, I wanted a more unique name- but, then everyone else had the same idea for names... can't win! :) and I <3 Ollie :)

Jess said...

My daughter's name is 49th, and in 2000 was 128th! It's gained some popularity I see. My name is 138th now! I guess it's finally ok to start naming your girl Jessica without there being 5 in her class with her.

Somethinglikeafairytale.com said...

I knew Ava was a trendy name for our little bird when we named her Ava Bea back in 2010 but I have loved that name since I was little! I am glad to see its "fallen" to #5 & that our July born baby boy, Sawyer, is not even in the top 10. :) Fun post!

Mrs. Loquacious said...

So glad my girl's name isn't on the list (it's Dara, BTW). It's like #960 or something. I wanted her to have a unique first name and not to be the fifth girl in the grade to have the same name. Relieved!

Unknown said...

My sister's name is Brenna! I have only heard of two other people with that name...now three. It's a pretty name. People always correct her and say, "Do you mean Brenda?" which we think is ridiculous because who doesn't know their own name? People!

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Tank'sMommy said...

My son's name us Tank && I love how diff it is!