Top boy & girl baby names 2012

In a recent interview with Gurgle magazine, Jools Oliver (wife to our very own ‘Naked Chef’ Jamie Oliver and mum of four) said “I hate people’s opinions on names. Whatever you call your baby is your decision.”

(Jools and Jamie’s children are named Poppy Honey, Daisy Boo, Petal Blossom Rainbow and Buddy Bear – so you can see why the lovely mum may be a tad tired of defending her choices.)

I say: Good on you, Jools! Choosing a name for your baby is as important as it is fun.

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet” – names take on the character traits of their wearers.” A name, although ‘just a name’, forms the crux of our identity. It becomes the definition of who we are.

Choose a name you love, popular or not, and your child will cherish it. That said; it’s always interesting to know what names are trending.

The top 10 boys names for 2012 (in the UK and US respectively) are:

Top 10 boys names 2012 (UK)

1. Harry

2. Oliver

3. Jack

4. Alfie

5. Charlie

6. Thomas

7. Jacob

8. James

9. Joshua

10. William

Top 10 boys names 2012 (US)

1. Liam

2. Ethan

3. Mason

4. Noah

5. Jacob

6. Jack

7. Aiden

8. Jackson

9. Logan

10. Lucas

The only names that appear on both lists are Jacob and Jack. England has always been a Harry-loving nation. And Logan is as American as it comes. As for Jackson – well, we know who inspires that choice!

The top 10 girls names for 2012 (in the UK and US respectively) are:

Top 10 girls names 2012 (UK)

1. Amelia

2. Olivia

3. Lily

4. Jessica

5. Emily

6. Sophie

7. Ruby

8. Grace

9. Ava

10. Isabella

Top 10 girls names 2012 (US)

1. Emma

2. Olivia

3. Sophia

4. Ava

5. Isabella

6. Ella

7. Mia

8. Emily

9. Chloe

10. Lily

The girls lists overlap more than the boys names, with Isabella, Lily, Ava, Emily and Sophie/Sophia as popular choices in both countries.

Sources: Askamum.co.uk – “X Factor stars Harry Styles and Amelia Lily are top of the baby name lists for 2012” and Babycenter.com – “Popular names for 2012”