What’s in a Name? 2012 NYC Baby Names

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Baby Names name-tag When it comes to picking names parents go through great lengths to decide on the right name for their kid.  Whether they leave it to luck (or fate) by randomly picking a name from a selection, research meanings to describe the kind of personality they hope for their child (personally I’m one of those), use the name of a loved one or create a brand new mixture of letters into a name (believe me, I know a few), many parents want their child’s name to be special.  Among many other reasons influencing a parent’s decision on a child’s name there’s the desire to be unique, to have a strong meaning, to define them, to describe them or to emphasize their faith and devotion.  But at the end of the day it seems that most of the uniqueness becomes a little predictable, at least here in New York City, as we can see in the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announces the most popular baby names of  2012.
Yes yes, I know we are about to enter into 2014 in just a few hours but folks, babies are born all the way until midnight and it takes time to sort this stuff out so look at the bright side, you can still have a unique name as far as 2013 is concerned, or maybe you just want everyone to have your name.

In New York City the #1 most popular baby girl name of 2012 is SOPHIA and the #1 most popular baby boy name is JAYDEN.  As far as trends, for both girls and boys nine of the top ten names remain on top from 2011.  What that says to me is that most New Yorkers rather be popular than unique.  So much for Unique New York!  But don’t lose hope yet, there are still a few unique New Yorkers because as well a know, you know you need unique New York.

For the “uncommon names” or as I call them truly Unique names, after all, with 123,231 babies born in this great city 10 parents bestowed their children with the awesomeness of having a name most kids in their whole school won’t share.  The most unique names of 2012 in New York City are:
Baby Girls: Nyah, Syeda and Zi
Baby Boys: Meyer, Oren and Zaid.

When it is all said and done most of us may agree with Juliet’s romantic statement, “that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.”  So whether your baby’s name made the top of the list or is not even on it, I’m sure they are one of a kind.  Let’s face it, aren’t all kids!