Top Baby Names for 2012: Aiden and Sophia, Meet Hailo and Hippo

November 29, 2012 - 12:52 PM

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(CNSNews.com) - If you don't know someone named Aiden or Sophia, chances are you will someday. And if you don't know someone named Sanity or Thunder, chances are you never will--but apparently, they're out there.

Aiden and Sophia top the list of the most popular names for boys and girls in 2012, according to babycenter.com, a website that says it gathers data "from nearly half a million parents who shared their baby's name with us in 2012."

Far more interesting the website also lists the most unusual baby names for 2012, including Ace, Couture, Sanity, Sesame, and Yoga for girls; and Alpha, Cobain, Hippo, Popeye and Thunder for boys, to name just a few.

Babycenter.com says its data includes the most unusual names that were given to at least two children -- "so it's not a fluke."

On the "most popular" list -- just behind Aiden and Sophia -- come Jackson and Emma, Ethan and Olivia, and Liam and Isabella, and Mason and Ava. At number 7 and 8 on the girls' most-popular list, you'll find Zoe and Chloe. And at 8, 9 and 10 on the boys' list, you'll find Jacob, Jayden and Jack.

You can find the full list of most popular names here.

But just for "Kix," take a "Leeloo" at the wackiest -- um, the "most unusual" -- baby names of 2012:

Girls: You have to "Admire" "Americus." Does "Gilmore" have a "Hailo"? Is "Juju" "Jazzy"? And is "Tigerlily" too "Thinn"? We're sure "Ummi" is no dummy; she'll surely "Excel."

Boys: Does "Aero" play the "Cello"?  Ever try a "Cajun" "Burger"? Wonder if "Exodus" is a "Drifter." "Google" "Hurricane." And "Goodluck" to anyone named "Espn."

The website also offers "creative sources" for baby names, such as: "Hobbies can be a wonderful – and surprising – source of baby name fodder."("Bowling," anyone?)

Under the "inspiration" category are baby names inspired by Halloween ("Freddy" and "Treat"), April Fool's Day ("Smile") -- even Labor Day ("Cesar" as in Chavez and "Eugene" as in Debs).

We'll "Leaf" it at "That."