The Hottest Baby Name Trends of 2012 (page 2)

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Updated on Apr 11, 2013

British Invasion

We're blaming it on “Downton Abbey,” because some of the hottest names of 2012 hearken back to a posh time where dressing for dinner was part of the schedule. Traditional British names, including those on “Downton” experienced a boost, thanks to the Crawley sisters, with names like Edith, Mary and Sybil. Some of the servants also saw their names enter the 21st century – William, Matthew, Thomas and Branson were all popular, as were the names for the two matriarchs of Donwton, Cora and Violet. Other Brit names were also hot commodities in the naming circuit, including traditional Brit names like Liam, Pippa, Kate and even London.

Kooky Celebs

Don't forget the naming trends of the rich and famous. While they might not be popular when it comes to the general population, celebs had their own trends when it came to writing their baby's birth certificate.  "For craziest baby names, and by that I mean just plain fun, just look for celebrities that tend to take the cake in this department," says Scarlet Paolicchi, the voice behind the Family Focus Blog. "Rocky was born to Sarah Michelle Gellar. Lion was born to Alex O'Loughlin. Breeze was born to Levi Johnston."

We get it: naming your baby is hard. And the truth is that if you love a name, you should use it, no matter what number it ranks on the popularity charts. But checking out some of the latest trends can help point you in a path and narrow down your name selection so that when your little one arrives, you'll know exactly what to call him.

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