Naming your baby is a monumental decision, which many parents find challenging. Some parents consult lists of popular baby names for ideas, while others consult them in order to find an original name that’s not commonly used.
Whichever category you’re in, chances are you could use some help and inspiration. Browsing baby blogs and websites will give you some great ideas, but it may be as easy as picking up a literary classic or the Bible. Literature, the Bible and tradition have inspired many of the most common names.
According to some of the top baby name websites we’ve looked at, these are the most popular baby names in North America so far this year:
Top Boys Names
Biblical names rank above any others for boys. Ethan, Jacob, Noah, Lucas and Benjamin are all derived from the Bible. Names from other cultures are always popular, and for 2012, the traditional Irish name Liam is a rising star. Distinguished, traditional names like William and Alexander still consistently fall into the top fifteen. Some names are reminiscent of art, literature and popular culture; Jackson brings to mind the guru of abstract painting, Jackson Pollock, and Oliver is a classic icon portrayed by Charles Dickens. While it didn’t make the top fifteen, Atticus, made famous in the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” also appeared as a popular name on some websites.
Top Girls Names
The most popular girls’ names in 2012 are largely historical. Emma, Charlotte and Sophia could work as literary characters in a novel set more than a hundred years ago. This romantic longing for days gone by seems to form the basis for several other popular girls’ names. The name Scarlett was made famous in the novel and movie “Gone With the Wind,” and Audrey, as in Hepburn, was one of the most popular actresses of all time. However, unlike the boys’ list, the only biblically-inspired name appearing in the top fifteen is Abigail. Trendsetting names for girls also include Amelia, Chloe, Lily, Ella and Mia among others.