Jacob held the top spot for boy names for the 14th year running! Sophia came as the most popular girl name for the second year in a row.
Top Girl names of 2012:
More fun than the most popular names are the names that are considered "fast risers" - meaning, they made big jumps in popularity within the last year. A few favorites:
Arya: likely attributable to the sword fighting character in "Game of Thrones".
Major: possibly honors the military (so the SSA speculates) or could be a nod to Major Novogratz on HGTV's "Home by Novogratz".
Gael and Perla: reflect the country's growing Spanish-speaking population.
Iker: seems like a bit of one upmanship. "Hi, I'm Ike." "Oh yeah, I'm even more Ike than you."
Remington: could this signal a "Remington Steele" revival? Please say yes.
Messiah (4th fastest rising boy name!): all I can say is...fascinating!
Read more: Social Security Administration