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The Top 14 Hottest Baby Names of 2012 – So Far

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A while back we shared with you the worst baby names of 2011, which included some pretty horrendous names, so now lets take a look at some of the hottest baby names from this year, so far.

The baby name website, Nameberry.com, has analyzed its name searches from the first half of the year to find out which names are the hottest – meaning the ones most popular in searches on their site. It turns out that today’s new parents are extremely obsessed with ‘The Hunger Games,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ boy bands, and other pop culture phenomena that wouldn’t necessarily be our first choice for a baby name.

One thing to keep in mind though, is that just because a name is popular, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good – but you can be the judge of that.

The Top 14 Hottest Baby Names of 2012 – So Far

Senna & Cinna

Senna is a vampire from ‘Twilight’ and Cinna  is Lenny Kravitz’s character in ‘The Hunger Games.

Niall

Pronounced ‘Nile’, Niall is an ancient Irish name that means cloud.  It’s also the name of one of the members of the British boy band One Direction.

Arya

You’ll recognize this name as the youngest daughter in the Stark family on the HBO show “Game of Thrones”.

Decimus

An ancient Roman name meaning ‘tenth.’ Its influence comes from the many ancient Roman names of the male characters in ‘The Hunger Games.’  Decimus is also the middle name of Russel Crowe’s character in the movie ‘Gladiator.’

Caia

The ancient Roman goddess of fire and women, Caia, is also the name of the half-witch, half-werewolf in the Lunarmorte series of Novels.

Gatsby

From ‘The Great Gatsby.’  Yeah, we all had to read the book back in high school, but a “Gatsby” movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio is coming out at Christmas.

Blue

Earlier this year Jay-Z and Beyonce named their baby girl Blue Ivy causing a surge in popularity for the use of Blue in names.  For some reason the only thing we think of is dogs and that old guy from the movie Old School when we hear the name Blue.

Zebulon

This name has two backgrounds – one from the old west and one from the Bible.  Zebulon Pike is the explorer that Pike’s Peak is named after. The founder of one of the tribes of Israel from the Bible was also named Zebulon.

Sybil

Sybil is the name of a nurse from the British TV series Downton Abbey. You may also recognize this name from the woman with multiple personality disorder – but since that Sybil has since confessed to faking the disorder, the negative connotations of that name have vanished.

Calix

The male version of Calista or Callie, Calix is a Greek name that means beautiful.

Halcyon

Beth Littleford, Television actress/comedian, recently named her daughter Halcyon Juna.  The name comes from a mythical kingfisher bird who could calm the seas.

Django

Pronounced with a silent ‘D’, this is the name of the freed slave turned bounty hunter in the Quentin Tarantino movie ‘Django Unchained’

Nova

Literally translated it means ‘new’ and it’s gaining more and more popularity alongside other heavenly names like Luna and Aurora.

Theon

A Greek mathematics and astronomy teacher, Theon Alexandricus was the father of the first women mathematician, Hypatia. Meaning ‘godly,’ Theon gets its popularity today as a character in ‘The Game of Thrones.’

 

 

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