Top Baby Names of 2012 on Parents.com

Want to know which names were hottest in 2012? The official government stats aren't due until the middle of 2013, but in the meantime, take a sneak peek what topped the charts here on Parents.com.

1. Liam This Irish name, a shortened version of William, placed 15th on the Social Security Administration's list last year -- but it ruled on our site. Look for it to move into the top 10 list of names for boys.

Liam: Names for Boys
Liam: Names for Boys

2. Olivia As any elementary school teacher can attest, this name has been in the top 10 for girls since the turn of the 21st century, and it's still climbing -- perhaps its top ranking here means it's finally ready to push aside current leader, Sophia?

3. Ava This simply sweet girls' name means "life," and it is currently #5 on the girls' name list, right behind Olivia.

4. Ethan This old-school name means "strength," and based on its popularity on Parents.com, it's ready to move past the other "-an" names into the limelight.

Ethan: Names for Boys
Ethan: Names for Boys

5. Grayson The popularity of the swank soap opera Revenge may be behind the sudden rise for this surname-as-a-name moniker. Grayson barely hit the top 100 last year, but looks poised for a steep rise in 2012.

6. Mia Ranked third among girls' names on Parents.com, the lovely Mia, which means "mine," has gone from #93 in 2000 to #9 on the official Social Security Administration list.

Mia: Names for Girls
Mia: Names for Girls

7. Connor Another favorite with Irish roots, Connor means "dog lover." It ranks much higher here on Parents.com than it does on the U.S. lists, which placed it at #54 last year.

8. Isabella Isabella was queen of the charts for 2009 and 2010, before falling back into second place in 2011. This Spanish take on Elizabeth rose to popularity in part due to the megapopular Twilight saga, and looks like it won't be straying too far from the top for 2012.

Isabella: Names for Girls
Isabella: Names for Girls

9. Avery This unisex name, which means "ruler of the elves," seems to have been taken over by the girls. Expect this currently top 20 name to make a play for the top 10 girls' monikers.

10. Cadence This musical name hasn't broken the top 200 on the official name lists, but it seems to pique the interest of Parents.com readers -- it ranked sixth among girls' names on our site.

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