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Top Baby Names of the Year—Revealed!

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

The Social Security Administration just shared their compilation of the top baby names of 2012, and it looks like Sophia and Jacob continue their reign in the top slots again for the second year in a row! Sophia brings to mind classic actress Sophia Loren, while Jacob, a classic Biblical name, got a shot in the arm from the uberpopular Twilight movies.

There are subtle little shifts in the top ten lists: Isabella slots back down to number three and Emma moves up to take the number two spot, while William heads out of the top three names for boys—making it Jacob, Mason and Ethan as the top three most popular names for boys. New to the top 10 this year for boys are Liam a red-hot name which jumped from #15 in 2011 to #6 in 2012, and Elizabeth, which traded spots with Chloe.

And here’s the top 10 in all their glory! Keep watching all this week and next as I analyze the heck out of the lists and see what big changes have occurred over the past year. (Like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest baby name scoop!)


  1. Jacob
  2. Mason
  3. Ethan
  4. Noah
  5. William
  6. Liam
  7. Jayden
  8. Michael
  9. Alexander
  10. Aiden


  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Isabella
  4. Olivia
  5. Ava
  6. Emily
  7. Abigail
  8. Mia
  9. Madison
  10. Elizabeth

Want some more insight? Read about the biggest movers and shakers on the baby name list, or check out which baby names are falling out of fashion—fast!

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Do You Have a Baby Name Theme?

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

The Kardashians love names that start with K. The Duggars gave every single one of their 19 kids J names, from Josh to Josie. And former heavyweight champ George Foreman infamously named every single one of his five sons George (along with one of his daughters, Georgetta).

But even if you aren’t quite bold enough to give all of your babies the exact same name, you might consider looking for names that mesh well together for your children. Here are some ways you could incorporate a theme into your name planning:

Find a set of names that share certain syllables and sounds. For an example, look no further than Adam Sandler’s two daughters, Sadie Madison and Sunny Madeline. Or simply follow the Kardashians’ lead and stick with a specific first initial. (One caveat about choosing very similar sounding names, from the mom of a Katie and a Maggie—you will likely call your children by their siblings’ names, more often than not.)

Choose names that relate to  a certain subject. You could let your name choices be inspired by places you’ve visited, or choose all nature or floral-themed names, like celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who gave his daughters the names Poppy, Daisy and Petal Blossom.

Pick names that suit your heritage. Go with all Irish names if your family hails from the Emerald Isle—like Connor and Shannon.

Find names that all share the same meaning. For instance, you can go with a set of names that all mean “happy,” such as Felix and Blythe.

Select a stellar middle name to use for all of your kids. For instance, all of Sylvester Stallone’s daughters have the middle name Rose.

What do you think about a family name theme? Is it cheese, or a clever way to promote family unity? If you do have a baby naming theme, what is it?

Photo: The Kardashians by Kevan Brooks/AdMedia



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