100 Most Popular Baby Names for Boys and Girls

So far in this pregnancy series we’ve talked about what you can expect in your first week of pregnancy, how to make baby food and why it’s a good idea and pregnancy symptoms but why don’t we take a break from the more technical part of parenting and focus on something just as important but a little more fun? That’s right! It’s time to talk about the 100 most popular baby names for 2012 for boys and for girls. I’ve also included the meaning for each name. Enjoy and make sure you let us know your favorite by leaving a comment below!

For the Boys

Bryce Harper (source: midwestsportsfans.com)

100. Bryce: Anglo-Saxon name meaning “quick moving, alert”
99. Justin: Latin name meaning “just”
98. Ryder: Name of unknown origin meaning “mounted warrior, strong”
97. Bryson: English name meaning “son of Brice”
96. Nathanial: Hebrew name meaning “gift of God”
95. Hudson: English name meaning “Hugh’s son”
94. Josiah: Hebrew name meaning “Fire of the Lord”
93. Brandon: Anglo-Saxon name meaning “sword”
92. Jace: English name considered a short form of the Greek name Jason which means “to heal”
91. Micah: Hebrew name meaning “Who is like God”

Asher Roth (source: blogs.villagevoice.com)

90. Asher: Hebrew name meaning “lucky, blessed, happy”
89. Jake: Hebrew name considered a short form of Jacob which means “the supplanter”
88. Jason: Greek name meaning “to heal”
87. Jeremiah: Hebrew name meaning “exalted of the Lord”
86. Hayden: English name meaning “Hay valley”
85. Xavier: Latin name meaning “Savior”
84. Bentley: English name meaning “from the moor”
83. Riley: Irish name meaning “valiant” *Also considered a great name for baby girls*
82. Sean: Hebrew name meaning “God is gracious”
81. Nolan: Gaelic name meaning “famous and noble”

Adrian Brody (source: crushable.com)

80. Adrian: Latin name meaning “dark one”
79. Sebastian: Greek name meaning “majestic”
78. Adam: Hebrew name meaning “red earth”
77. Brody: Gaelic name meaning “ditch”
76. Blake: English name meaning “dark, fair”
75. Miles: Latin name meaning “soldier”
74. Carson: Scandinavian name meaning “son of Carr”
73. Aaron: Hebrew name meaning “enlightened”
72. Julian: Latin name meaning “bearded, father of the skies”
71. Cole: Greek name meaning “victory of the people”

Jorden Knight (source: allbackgrounds.com)

70. Jordan: Hebrew name meaning “descending”
69. Ian: Scottish name meaning “God is gracious”
68. Alex: Greek name considered short form of the name Alexander which means “helper and defender of mankind”
67. Thomas: Hebrew name meaning “a twin”
66. Hunter: English name meaning “hunter”
65. Parker: English name meaning “protector of the park”
64. Dominic: Latin name considered a spelling variation of the name Dominick which means “belonging to God”
63. Charlie: English name meaning “free”
62. Colin: Greek name meaning “victor”
61. Austin: Latin name meaning “majestic dignity”

Colton Dixon (source: content.usatoday.com)

60. Colton: English name meaning “town of colt-breeding”
59. Tristan: Welsh name meaning “the loud one”
58. Cooper: Latin name meaning “barrel maker”
57. Chase: French name meaning “hunter”
56. Oliver: Latin name meaning “an olive”
55. Jonathan: Hebrew name meaning “God gives”
54. Levi: Hebrew name meaning “joined to”
53. Isaiah: Hebrew name meaning “salvation of the Lord”
52. John: Hebrew name meaning “God is gracious”
51. Christopher: Greek name meaning “Christ-bearer”

50. David: Hebrew name meaning “beloved”
49. Zachary: Hebrew name meaning “remembered by God”
48. Grayson: English name meaning “son of the Bailiff”
47. Anthony: Latin name meaning “priceless”
46. Samuel: Hebrew name meaning “asked of God”
45. Isaac: Hebrew name meaning “laughing one”
44. Max: Latin name meaning “the greatest”
43. Joseph: Hebrew name meaning “God shall add another son”
42. Eli: Hebrew name meaning “elevation”
41. Henry: German name meaning “ruler of the home”

Wyatt Knight (source: clicfolha.com.br)

40. Wyatt: French name meaning “water”
39. Christian: English name meaning “follower of Christ”
38. Cameron: Scottish name meaning “crooked nose”
37. Tyler: English name meaning “maker of bricks or tiles”
36. Carter: English name meaning “cart driver”
35. Daniel: Hebrew name meaning “God is my judge”
34. Owen: Celtic name considered a form of the name Evan, meaning “young warrior”
33. Joshua: Hebrew name meaning “Lord is salvation”
32. Gavin: Celtic name meaning “knight, one of Knight of King Arthur’s court”
31. Gabriel: Hebrew meaning “God is my strength”

Andrew Garfield (source: roccosrevolution.com)

30. Andrew: Latin name meaning “manly”
29. Luke: Latin name considered a form of Lucas which means “light”
28. Evan: Celtic name meaning “young warrior”
27. Dylan: Welsh name meaning “legendary sea hero”
26. Nathan: Hebrew name meaning “he gave”
25. Landon: English name meaning “long hill”
24. James: Hebrew name meaning “one who supplants”
23. Matthew: Hebrew name meaning “gift of God”
22. William: German name meaning “resolute guardian”
21. Alexander: Greek name meaning “helper and defender of man kind”

Nicholas Sparks (source: xsilrc.wordpress.com)

20. Nicolas: Greek name meaning “victory of the people”
19. Benjamin: Hebrew name meaning “son of the right hand”
18. Brayden: Irish name meaning “broad meadow”
17. Elijah: Hebrew name meaning “Lord is my God”
16. Michael: Hebrew name meaning “who is like God”
15. Connor: Irish name meaning “wolf lover”
14. Ryan: Celtic name meaning “little king”
13. Jack: English name considered a form of John which means “God is gracious”
12. Caden: Welsh name meaning “battle”
11. Caleb: Hebrew name meaning “faithful, bold”

10. Logan: Scottish name meaning “small hollow”
09. Lucas: Latin name meaning “bringer of light”
08. Noah: Hebrew name meaning “rest, comfort”
07. Ethan: Hebrew name meaning “strong, firm”
06. Jayden: Spanish name meaning “green stone, thankful”
05. Jacob: Hebrew name meaning “the supplanter”
04. Liam: Irish name meaning “unwavering protector”
03. Mason: French name meaning “stone worker”
02. Jackson: Hebrew name meaning “son of Jack”
01. Aiden: Irish name meaning “fiery”

For the Girls

Piper Perabo (source: dykeplanet.com)

100. Piper: English name meaning “a pipe player”
99. Sienna: Latin name meaning “reddish brown”
98. Katherine: Greek name meaning “pure, virginal”
97. Paige: French name meaning “assistant”
96. Sadie: English name considered a form of Sarah, means “princess”
95. Ashlyn: Name of multiple origins, a combination of Ashley, which means “ash tree meadow” and Lynn which means “cascade”
94. Hadley: English name meaning “heather field”
93. Kate: Greek name considered a form of Catherine which means “pure”
92. Violet: Latin name meaning “violet flower”
91. Penelope: Greek name meaning “weaver”

Broke Shields (source: wallpaper.celebritypc.com)

90. Brooke: English name meaning “stream”
89. Summer: English name meaning “summer season”
88. Alexa: Greek name considered the feminine form of Alexander which means “helper and defender of mankind”
87. Abby: Hebrew name used as a short form of Abigail which means “my father’s joy”
86. Juliana: Latin name meaning “downy haired, youthful”
85. Eva: Hebrew name considered a form of Eve which means “life”
84. Maria: Hebrew name considered a form of Mary which means “bitter”
83. Nevaeh: American name meaning “heaven” (Nevaeh is heaven spelled backwards)
82. Morgan: Welsh name used as an alternate spelling for Morgen which means “sea born”
81. Kendall: A name of unknown origin meaning “ruler of the valley”

Jocelyn Towne (source: accesshollywood.com)

80. Jocelyn: Latin name meaning “happy, joyful”
79. Jasmine: Persian name meaning “jasmine flower”
78. Mackenzie: Gaelic name meaning “son of a wise ruler, born of fire”
77. Caroline: Latin name used as a combination of Carol which means “joyous song” and Linda which means “pretty”
76. Nora: Latin name meaning “honor, light”
75. Jordyn: Hebrew name meaning “descend”
74. Alexandra: Greek name considered the feminine form of Alexander which means “helper and defender of mankind”
73. Bailey: Teutonic name meaning “able”
72. Julia: Latin name meaning “downy haired, youthful”
71. Reagan: Irish name meaning “noble”

Stella McCartney (source: fanpop.com)

70. Stella: Greek name meaning “a star”
69. Kennedy: Gaelic name meaning “armored head, a helmeted chief”
68. Gianna: Hebrew name meaning “God’s grace”
67. Annabelle: Name of unknown origin considered a combination of Anna which means “grace” and Belle which means “beauty”
66. Kayla: Greek name meaning “pure”
65. Aria: Teutonic name meaning “melody”
64. Liliana: Latin name meaning “lily”
63. Victoria: Latin name meaning “victory”
62. Brianna: Celtic name considered the feminine form of Brian which means “strong”
61. Scarlett: English name meaning “red”

Harper Lee (source: guardian.co.uk)

60. Harper: English name meaning “player of the harp”
59. Lauren: Latin name considered a form of Laura which means “laurel”
58. Molly: Hebrew name considered a form of Mary which means “bitter”
57. Taylor: English name meaning “tailor”
56. Sydney: French name meaning “wide meadow”
55. Lucy: Latin name meaning “light”
54. Maya: Hindi name meaning “divine creative force in everything”
53. Allison: Teutonic name used as an alternate spelling of Alison which means “noble, kind”
52. Keira: Irish name meaning “dark haired”
51. Leah: Hebrew name meaning “weary”

Evelyn Lozanda (source: judiciaryreport.com)

50. Evelyn: Irish name meaning “life”
49. Savannah: Spanish name meaning “treeless plain”
48. Isabelle: Spanish name meaning “God is my oath”
47. Alexis: German name meaning “noble, light”
46. Ellie: Greek name considered a form of Eleanor which means “light”
45. Alyssa: Greek name meaning “logical”
44. Audrey: English name meaning “noble strength”
43. Makayla: Hebrew name considered the feminine form of Michael which means “who is like God”
42. Samantha: Aramaic name meaning “listener”
41. Lillian: Latin name meaning “lily”

Elise Testone (source: hollywoodreporter.com)

40. Elise: French name considered a form of Elizabeth which means “consecrated to God”
39. Gabriella: Hebrew name considered a form of Gabrielle which means “God is my strength”
38. Aaliyah: Arabic name meaning “exalted”
37. Lila: Arabic name meaning “night”
36. Claire: Latin name meaning “bright, clear”
35. Sophie: Greek name meaning “wisdom”
34. Elizabeth: Hebrew name meaning “consecrated to God”
33. Anna: Hebrew name meaning “gracious”
32. Arianna: Greek name meaning “holy”
31. Kylie: Hawaiian name meaning “beautiful gardenia”

30. Amelia: Latin name meaning “industrious”
29. Grace: Latin name meaning “grace”
28. Sarah: Hebrew name meaning “princess”
27. Natalie: Latin name meaning “born on Christmas”
26. Bella: Latin name considered a form of Bella which means “beauty”
25. Charlotte: French name meaning “petite and feminine”
24. Hannah: Hebrew name meaning “grace of God”
23. Layla: Arabic name meaning “night”
22. Peyton: Latin name meaning “noble”
21. Brooklyn: English name meaning “small stream”, also refers to the borough of New York City

Aubrey Plaza (source: celebs101.com)

20. Aubrey: French name meaning “supernatural being of elf, ruler of elves”
19. Riley: Irish name meaning “valiant”
18. Kaitlyn: Greek name meaning “pure”
17. Avery: French name meaning “wise”
16. Kaylee: Combination of the Latin name Kay which means “rejoice” and the Chinese name Lee which means “plum”
15. Hailey: English name meaning “natural, hay meadow”
14. Ella: English name meaning “beautiful fairy woman”
13. Madelyn: Greek name meaning “of Magdalene”
12. Mia: Latin name meaning “mine”
11. Addison: English name meaning “son of Adam”

Abigail Breslin (source: liquida.it)

10. Abigail: Hebrew name meaning “my father’s joy”
09. Emily: Teutonic name meaning “industrious”
08. Madison: English name meaning “son of Maude”
07. Chloe: Greek name meaning “blooming”
06. Lily: Greek name considered a form of Lillian which means “lily”
05. Ava: German name meaning “a bird”
04. Olivia: Greek name meaning “olive tree”
03. Isabella: Hebrew name meaning “God is my vow”
02. Emma: German name meaning “universal”
01. Sophia: Greek name considered a form of Sophie which means “wisdom”

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