'Twilight' & Kardashians Lead 2012's Most Popular Baby Names

Mon, May 14, 2012 12:17pm EDT by 10 Comments
Baby Names 2011

The top baby names of the year have been revealed! So which names can you shout at the playground to guarantee a ton of little tots running towards you?

It’s clear from the list that the most popular names are heavily influenced from Hollywood! Find out which ones!  

We’re sure Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart would approve of the newest baby name report. Twilight-inspired names are still rocking the spots up high, with Jacob still the most popular for the 13th year running!

Isabella, like Bella Swan, had been the top girl’s name for two years but dropped to second place with Sophia now as the most popular name for girls. Could parents be making an homage to stunning Modern Family star Sophia Vergara?

In a surprise jump, Mason, as in the adorable Mason Disick of the Kardashian crew, jumped 10 whole places to take the second spot for boys. Mason knocked out Michael for the first time in 63 years, according to the Associated Press.

And William — perhaps a nod to our favorite Prince Charming — rounds the top three for boys.

A few more rising names seem to say parents are looking to the stars for name-spiration. For girls: Briella, as in Briella Calafiore of Jerseylicious, jumped an astounding 394 spots, to No. 497. For boys: Brantley, like country singer Brantly Gilbert, was the fastest rising name for boys, jumping 416 spots to No. 320.

“It shows what we’re paying attention to, what we’re thinking about,” said Laura Wattenberg, creator of the website babynamewizard.com to the Associated Press. “Today, you can’t walk through a supermarket without learning more than you hoped to know about the Kardashian family. That’s just reality.”

The list was released May 14 by the Social Security Administration. Check out the top 10 for boys and girls:

BOYS
1. Jacob
2. Mason
3. William
4. Jayden
5. Noah
6. Michael
7. Ethan
8. Alexander
9. Aiden
10. Daniel

GIRLS
1. Sophia
2. Isabella
3. Emma
4. Olivia
5. Ava
6. Emily
7. Abigail
8. Madison
9. Mia
10. Chloe

[Associated Press]

— Lorraine Chow

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