Of particular interest are the names that exploded in popularity over the past year.
Here are the fastest growing names for each gender.
Fastest growing boys names in 2012:
- Major — up 505 in rankings
- Gael — up 262 in rankings
- Jase — up 258 in rankings
- Messiah — up 246 in rankings
- Brantley — up 163 in rankings
- Iker — up 149 in rankings
- King — up 133 in rankings
- Rory — up 118 in rankings
- Ari — up 73 in rankings
- Maverick — up 72 in rankings
- Armani — up 70 in rankings
And here are the fastest growing girls' names:
- Arya — up 298 in rankings
- Perla — up 190 in rankings
- Catalina — up 171 in rankings
- Elisa — up 168 in rankings
- Raelynn — up 155 in rankings
- Rosalie — up 141 in rankings
- Haven — up 140 in rankings
- Raelyn — up 136 in rankings
- Briella — up 123 in rankings
- Marilyn — up 119 in rankings
- Adelynn — up 116 in rankings
Also in the realm of pop-culture characters making gains, Archer is up 43 ranks among boys.
As for the rest, good luck discerning a reason for their sudden explosive popularity.
Just as interesting were the names that declined in popularity. For the boys, Braeden (-105), Brayen (-73), Jalen (-70), Jaylen (-51) and Braden (-45) all took a hit. Does this mean the end of America's -aden phase?
You might think so, but you'd be wrong. Zayden (+63), Zaiden (+56) both made big leaps this year.
Girls saw a dip on Mikaela (-141), Dulce (-159) and Estrella (-129).
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