So a woman named her baby Hashtag last month, I guess that qualifies as unique, right?
BabyCenter recently released a naming survey that supports her choice — to be unique, that is.
Based on the survey, members admitted to what quality they value most in a name and 20 percent said uniqueness.
BabyCenter also shared its list of top baby names and trends of 2012. The most sought after names for girls are Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Isabella and Ava. The most popular boys names included Aiden, Jackson, Ethan, Liam and Mason.
Out of the 450,000 babies born to BabyCenter members, Moms and Dads said they were inspired by a few unlikely places such as E.L. James’ steamy ”Fifty Shades” series, politics, funny female comics and technology. No really, Apple, Mac and Siri were in the mix.
According to the survey, new parents had strong opinions about the names other people chose. One in three confessed to hating a friend or relative’s baby name choice. And one in 10 admitted to being jealous of someone else’s choice. Still, the majority of parents surveyed said they kept their opinions to themselves.
How nice — ahem, Hashtag — of them.
But not everyone can stay tight-lipped about names.
Parents said they heard criticism for their choices from — fathers (18 percent of the time), siblings (22 percent of the time) and friends (26 percent of the time) all weighed in. The biggest name critic is grandma, with 46 percent of new parents saying their own mothers didn’t like their name choice.
Top 100 names of the year
Did your child’s name make the list? Did grandma like the name you selected?
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