Top Baby Names of the Year Announced

The top baby names of 2012 were released Thursday by the Social Security Administration, with Sophia and Jacob earning top rankings for the second year in a row.

Here are the top 10 names for each gender. Check out's In Name Only blog for analysis of the meanings of the top names, as well as what the changes in the list say about parents' priorities and values.


  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

Image: Baby name tag, via Shutterstock

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