Top Baby Names Of 2011

babies-names-and-meanings1What do Anderson Cooper, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Twilight and the Kardashians all have in common?

They’re all influencing our baby naming choices!

BabyCenter recently released its annual list of top baby names. Included in the list are a handful of “power baby names” (names people believe greatly influence a child’s future) like Sophia, Jacob and Mason.

Mason is on the move—moving up 8 spots on the boys list since last year. Meanwhile, Emily is again gaining steam on the girl’s list, moving up 3 spots to take 9th place. Fear not “Twilight” fans, the vampire romance series is still influencing new parents with names like Isabella (Bella) and Jacob all nearing the top of the list.

So, without further ado, her are the hottest baby names of 2011:

Top 10 girls’ names of 2011

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

Top 10 boys’ names of 2011

1. Aiden
2. Jackson
3. Mason
4. Liam
5. Jacob
6. Jayden
7. Ethan
8. Noah
9. Lucas
10. Logan

Top Baby Name Predictions For 2012

BabyCenter uses a top-secret algorithm to figure out which names are likely to become more popular in the coming year. And it generally works: They had a 70% success rate with their predictions last year.

They predict that classic girls’ names like Scarlett, Harper, and Alexandra will gain popularity next year. They also foresee more unique girls’ names, like Isla, Luciana, and Sloan entering the list.

What are some of your favorite baby names?

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