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Baby Names 2012

Updated on June 1, 2012

Baby Names 2012

Having a baby in the upcoming year? Don't want your child to be another Ava or Ethan? Then this is the list for you!

Don't you love the naming process? I did when I was naming my daughter.

Here, you will find twenty baby names, ten for girls and ten for boys that are not off the wall, but not in the trend zone either. They are amazing and will fit your tastes (maybe).

Each name will have a meaning and its etymology for you. After all, the meaning and history of a name is as important, if not, more important than the actual name itself.

Good Luck and Congratulations!

Upcoming Names to Be Added to the List

Chloe

Amari

George

Gabriella

Ren

Anastasia

Sage

Zoe

Grace

Connor

Amelie

The Basics

GENDER: Feminine

USAGE: German

PRONOUNCED: AH-me-lee, ah-me-LEE

Meaning: industrious

Personality

Your first name of Amelie has given you a friendly, likeable nature, and you could excel in artistic, dramatic, and musical expression.With this name, you desire the finer things in life, but you do not always have the resolve and vitality to put forth the effort necessary to fulfil your desires. Your emotional feelings are easily affected and you will always be involved in other people's problems as a result of your overly sympathetic nature. Though the name Amelie creates the urge to understand and help people, we draw to your attention that it causes an emotional intensity and sensitivity that is hard to control.

Personality According to Urban Dictionary

She is known as a perfect girl, you get attracted by the looks but you stay for her sweetness; above all she's a nice girl who would never let het friends down, always listens and help those who ask for it.

***UD is written by people all over the world and surprisingly, the commonality between name personalities all over the world. Still, take with a grain of salt.***

Forecasted Baby Name Trends 2012

While super-feminine names topped the charts in 2011, there's a slight wrinkle to that trend with these elegantly old-school names for girls. Ann was the fourth most-searched name for girls, joined by Betty (English, short for Elizabeth), Haddie (English, short for Hadden, heather-filled valley) and Blythe (English, happy, free spirit) all in the top 50. -Parents Mag

William (English, German, protector) has also risen in popularity, ranking 31st for boys up from 91 last year. Liam (Irish, short for William), a shortened version of William, is still flying high at number 5. English classics like James (English, derived from Jacob, supplanter), John (Hebrew, God is gracious) and Henry (German, ruler of the household) are all ranking in the top 50 for boys as well, while the regal Elizabeth (Hebrew, God's oath) took the 11th spot for girls. -Parenting.com

Girls: Emma (German, universal), Charlotte (English, strong), Grace (Latin, graceful), Olivia (Latin, olive tree) and Amelia (Latin, variation of Emily) will all stick around for 2012... not to mention jewels will be a HUGE trend this year for Ruby and Emerald

Boys: Alexander (Greek, defender of mankind), Owen (Irish, young warrior), Connor (Scottish, wise), Benjamin (Hebrew, son of my right hand), Gavin (Welsh, white hawk) and Nicholas (Greek, victorious people)

Aurora

The Basics

GENDER: Feminine

USAGE: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, Romanian, Finnish, Roman Mythology

PRONOUNCED: ow-RO-rah (Spanish), uh-RAWR-uh (English) [key]

Meaning & History

Means "dawn" in Latin.

Aurora was the Roman goddess of the morning. It has occasionally been used as a given name since the Renaissance.

Personality

These are very daring, audacious and enterprising in their behavior. They love challenges, are extremely passionate, you can say that they are hotheaded. But mind it they are no romantic fools. Yet at the same time appearance, that outward façade matters a lot! If you think that they can be fooled then you are absolutely wrong. These are the business class people and they never mix 'business with pleasure'. Give them some target or just challenge them on any trivial issue and to accomplish it they'll follow a path almost zealously.

Personality According to Urban Dictionary

The most bad ass girl on the planet. She makes Chuck Norris whimper. Not only is she great and powerful but her beauty can not be described. Named after the northern lights, she rains sunshine on everyone's day. An extremely confident girl.

Cosette

The Basics

GENDER: Feminine

USAGE: French

PRONUNCIATION: KO-SET

Meaning & History

Meaning unknown. This is the name of the illegitimate daughter of Fantine in Victor Hugo's novel 'Les Misérables' (1862). After her mother dies, she is rescued from the cruel Thénardier by Jean Valjean.

In French, the name Cosette means- victorious people. The name Cosette orginated as an French name. The name Cosette is most often used as a girl name or female name.

Hermione

The Basics

GENDER: Feminine

USAGE: Greek Mythology

PRONOUNCED:hair-myo-NEE (English) [key]

Meaning & History

Derived from the name of the Greek messenger god HERMES. In Greek myth Hermione was the daughter of Menelaus and Helen. This is also the name of the wife of Leontes in Shakespeare's play 'The Winter's Tale' (1610).

Greek Name Meaning - earthy

Personality

A responsible young girl and a reserved woman will be born from this name. She is dignified and extremely successful in all that she sets out to accomplish. She craves to understand the logical and emotional side of ALL aspects of life. She is scholarly and loves literature.

The intelligence and need to know attitude may cause conflict because she may not learn how to socially interact with others. Others will feel inferior to her even if she does not mean to make them feel that way.

She will be serious.

Personality According to Urban Dictionary

She is top of her class, also known as very smart, or brilliant.

Lucy

The Basics

GENDER: Feminine

USAGE: English

PRONOUNCED: LOO-see [key]

Meaning & History

English form of LUCIA, in use since the Middle Ages.

Meaning of "Lucy"

English name

In English, the name Lucy means- Variant of Lucia: Light... Other origins for the name Lucy include - English, Latin-American, Italian.

Personality

She is comical as a young girl and will grow into a smoldering woman. Lucy knows how to make you laugh and she knows how to make you melt in her hand.

Personality According to Urban Dictionary

A sexy, attractive female who is intelligent and understanding. A fun filled character with endless amusement.

Luna

The Basics

GENDER: Feminine

USAGE: Roman Mythology

PRONUNCIATION: Loo-NAH

Meaning & History

Means "the moon" in Latin. Luna was the Roman goddess of the moon, frequently depicted driving a white chariot through the sky.

Personality

Luna is a girl for the free-spirited sort. She is intertwined with nature, hence, her name. She is witty, intelligent and a little off beat. She will always keep you smiling and thinking because her thoughts are carefree.

She is provoking. She enjoys art and writing.

Lyra

The Basics

GENDER: Feminine

USAGE: Astronomy, English

PRONUNCIATION: Leer-uh, Lie-RAH

Meaning & History

The name of the constellation in the northern sky containing the star Vega. It is said to be shaped after the lyre of Orpheus.

In English, the name Lyra means- musical instrument. Other origins for the name Lyra include - English, French.The name Lyra is most often used as a girl name or female name.

Personality

You are suave and elegant. Loves to move in high circles. Infact you are debonair who enjoys being wined and dined in the right kind of atmosphere. The word 'class' is glued with you. At times it's hard to please or satisfy you. You are also romantic natured and need to be reminded from time to time that you do possess intellectual power as well. You are also a bit reserved.

Penelope

The Basics

GENDER: Feminine

USAGE: Greek Mythology, English

PRONOUNCED: pah-NEL-uh-pee (English) [key]

Meaning & History

Possibly derived from Greek (penelops), a type of duck. Alternatively it could be related to (pene) "threads, weft". In Homer's epic the 'Odyssey' this is the name of the wife of Odysseus, forced to fend off suitors while her husband is away fighting at Troy. It has occasionally been used as an English given name since the 16th century.

Personality

You are flirtatious and fulfillment or physical indulgence is a necessity for you. You are delighted and pleased when given physical support and satisfaction. You are excited by combats or action. You are also very sensual and sexual natured. Those WWF fights intrigue you. You are a real gregarious animal. Also convivial and hence social etiquette counts a lot to you. Being intellectual and appreciated by others seems to be a major goal of your life.

Personality According to Urban Dictionary

One who is very smart, witty and outspoken. Fearless.Incredibly attractive.

Ruby

The Basics

GENDER: Feminine

USAGE: English

PRONOUNCED: ROO-bee

Meaning

Simply means "ruby" from the name of the precious stone.

History

Came into usage as a name during the 19th Century

Tidbits About Ruby

The Ruby symbolizes passion, fascination, and diversity.

Ruby is the red variety of the mineral corundum, one of the hardest minerals on Earth, of which the sapphire is also a variety. Pure corundum is colourless. Slight traces of elements such as chrome, iron, titanium or vanadium are responsible for the colour.

It stands for enigma and gluttony, as well.

Personality

A girl named Ruby is a happy one. She is expressive and fun-loving. However, she may find herself incomplete, whether it be in love, career, or in spirit. Rubies tend to be givers and women who inspire others, but they do not have much ambition left for themselves. They are funny and gifted for entertainment.

Moreover, Ruby dislikes monotony and routine, which may have an impact on said ambition and the ability to achieve success. She may not finish what she started because of her quickness to boredom.

Personality According to Urban Dictionary

A really pretty girl who is the envy of all her friends. Stunning, intellectual youth of the female origin. Enigmatic.

Violet

The Basics

GENDER: Feminine

USAGE: English

PRONOUNCED: VIE-LET

Meaning

From the English word violet for the purple flower, ultimately derived from Latin viola.

History

It was common in Scotland from the 16th century, and it came into general use as an English given name during the 19th century.

Personality

Violet's are easy-going and refined. They make beautiful wives. Most Violets require a high taste in style.

Unfortunately, as a Violet, she may find herself knee-deep in procrastination and lacking the will power to move forward in her life, thus she may settle as a trophy wife or in an entry level job due to her inability to be confident with others.

She is a dreamer.

People may step over her if she does not find her voice due to her uncanny ability to sympathize and help others. Violets do well in careers that specialize in helping others such as psychiatry and medicine. Teaching would be an excellent career, too.

Personality According to Urban Dictionary

Violet is a beautiful, loving, socially conscious girl with a great sense of humor. She has amazing fashion sense and everyone wants to be her friend. While she is popular, she uses her powers for good, not evil. She steps in to help the nerds who are being bullied by the jocks and stands up for what is right. She is very intelligent.

Arthur

The Basics

GENDER: Masculine

USAGE: English, French, German, Dutch, Welsh Mythology

PRONOUNCED: AHR-th-er (English), ar-TUYR (French), AHR-toor (German), AHR-tur (Dutch) [key]

Meaning & History

The meaning of this name is unknown. It could be derived from the Celtic elements artos "bear" combined with viros "man" or rigos "king". Alternatively it could be related to an obscure Roman family name Artorius. Arthur is the name of the central character in Arthurian legend, a 6th-century king of the Britons who presided over the Knights of the Round Table. He may or may not have been a real person.

The name came into general use in England in the Middle Ages due to the prevalence of Arthurian romances, and it enjoyed a surge of popularity in the 19th century. Famous bearers include German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), mystery author and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), and science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008).

In Irish, the name Arthur means- noble strength a bear. Other origins for the name Arthur include - Irish, Celtic, Welsh, Scottish, English.The name Arthur is most often used as a boy name or male name.

Irish Name Meaning - noble strength a bear

Chaucer

In Latin-American, the name Chaucer means- chancellor.

Personality

Sexuality is the key word for them. They are extremely sensitive and vocal in their thoughts. They are the demonstrative kind. Communicating with others is no problem for them. In fact they thrive in-group discussions. Sexuality with sensuality combined with their open nature is a deadly weapon. And you are a goner if you come across them. But no need to be afraid 'cause these extrovert are not the fanatic kind and knows how to maintain their limitation, i.e. they can put a stop to their continuous chatter. Reason being public appearance matters a lot them and they want to move in the right kind of status circle. So they'll try their level best to leave no loopholes.

Ellis

The Basics

GENDER: Masculine

USAGE: English

PRONOUNCED: EL-is

In English, the name Ellis means- My God is Jehovah. From a surname derived from a medieval variant of Elias from Elijah.. Other origins for the name Ellis include - English, Israeli, Hebrew.The name Ellis is most often used as a boy name or male name.

English Name Meaning - My God is Jehovah. From a surname derived from a medieval variant of Elias from Elijah.

Personality

These are the real chatterboxes. Once they start talking on some topic you cannot stop them. And if you do, then they do not bear the difference of opinion between any one. In fact they abhor discord of any kind. But one thing is for sure they thrive on some heated topic or banter and do not hesitate to put forward their views. These live discussions and arguments make them feel rejuvenated. Their amenable nature could also be seen in their flirtatious approach towards the opposite sex. Its just tantalization on there part, maybe the reason being that they are not very sensual in nature.

Felix

The Basics

GENDER: Masculine

USAGE: German, Dutch, Scandinavian, English, Romanian, Ancient Roman, Biblical, Biblical Latin

PRONOUNCED: FE-liks (German), FAY-liks (Dutch), FEE-liks (English) [key]

Meaning & History

From a Roman cognomen meaning "lucky, successful" in Latin. It was acquired as an agnomen, or nickname, by the 1st-century BC Roman general Sulla. It also appears in the New Testament belonging to the governor of Judea who imprisoned Saint Paul.

Due to its favourable meaning, this name was popular among early Christians, being borne by many early saints and four popes. It has been used in England since the Middle Ages, though it has been more popular in continental Europe. A notable bearer was the German composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847).

Means LUCKY

Personality

You are very astute. Show a high quality in judging one's character. So, it's nearly next to impossible to take you for a ride. Yet at the same time you are a romantic fool as you shun living in a realistic world. You know that the person in front is trying to take you for a ride yet you are optimistic from his side, believing that one fine day the person in question will come to his senses. This perceptive behavior makes you very secretive natured. Rather you are reticent and uncommunicative which also leads you in being responsible towards your job or assignment. But Hey! Don't worry! You folks know how to play as well. You know why? 'cause in you resides that sensual stream and flirtatious nature as well.

Harrison

The Basics

GENDER: Masculine

USAGE: English

PRONOUNCED: HER-i-s-un

Meaning

Son of Harry.

Personality

There are two personalities for men named Harrison.

First, Harrison can be extremely happy, expressive, full of fun, and good-natured

Second, Harrison, at other times you find congenial association impossible, being controlled by self-pity, moods, and depression.

If you could express only the constructive qualities and restrain the negative qualities of your nature, you would always be good company.

These contrasting qualities make it difficult for people to understand you and can lead to friction in your personal life.

You are deep, philosophical, and refined, but your extremely sensitive nature causes you to become depressed over any real or imagined slight.

Oscar

The Basics

GENDER: Masculine

USAGE: English, Irish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Scandinavian, Irish Mythology

PRONOUNCED: AHS-ker (English) [key]

Meaning & History

Possibly means "deer lover", derived from Gaelic os "deer" and cara "lover".

Alternatively, it may derive from the Old English name OSGAR or its Old Norse cognate ÃSGEIRR, which may have been brought to Ireland by Viking invaders and settlers. In Irish legend Oscar was the son of the poet Oisín and the grandson of the hero Fionn mac Cumhail.

In Celtic, the name Oscar means- Jumping fighter.

In English, the name Oscar means- Divine spear; Gods spear

Personality

Oscar is a quick thinker. He is philosophical and creative. As a boy, he makes his parents go crazy with a million questions to everything. As a man, he is intuitive and desires to understand the world as it is, not as it might be.

He appreciates music, art, and drama and, if given training, could excel in those fields. He is extremely independent and would do well to have his own space where he can sit, read, dance, and draw without mom or dad looking over his shoulder.

Moreover, he is emotional and needs help to understand his emotions.

Rhys

GENDER: Masculine

USAGE: Welsh

PRONOUNCED: HREES (Welsh), REES (English)

Means "enthusiasm" in Welsh.

Personality

Rhys is the perfect name for a boy or man who is logical and quick-witted. He is clever, smart, and extremely adaptable. However, this great mind may be influenced by lack of confidence and misunderstandings. It is far easier for you to express your deeper thoughts and feelings through writing than verbally.

Rhys is an idealist who is sensitive to nature and has a deep appreciation for humanity.

Swift

In English, the name Swift means- swift. The name Swift orginated as an English name. The name Swift is most often used as a boy name or male name.

Personality

You set your priorities straight and never mix business with pleasure. To you your own happiness takes a second turn and work takes the lead. You are very vigilant and shrewd. Though you are sensual but you are cautious in sharing your feelings. People can rely on you as when you make a commitment you stick to them. You are a romantic at heart. Quite confident and optimistic about future plans. But you are a restless kind and find it next to impossible to relax.

Theodore

The Basics

GENDER: Masculine

USAGE: English

PRONOUNCED: THEE-uh-dawr

Meaning & History

From the Greek name Theodoros, which meant "gift of god" from Greek (theos) "god" and (doron) "gift". This was the name of several saints, including Theodore of Amasea, a 4th-century Greek soldier; Theodore of Tarsus, a 7th-century archbishop of Canterbury; and Theodore the Studite, a 9th-century Byzantine monk. It was also borne by two popes.

This was a common name in classical Greece, and, due to both the saints who carried it and the favourable meaning, it came into general use in the Christian world, being especially popular among Eastern Christians. It was however rare in Britain before the 19th century. Famous bearers include three tsars of Russia (in the Russian form Fyodor) and American president Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919).

Personality

Theodore's are cute boys and very handsome men. They excel in hands on careers, particularly so, in mechanical engineering. These men are incredibly smart and advantageous.

Theodore's place great importance on whatever you happen to be interested in, and can be quite thorough and detailed in what you are doing, but find it difficult to be consistent.

Although the name Theodore creates the urge to be both logical and technical, we emphasize that it causes an emotional intensity that is hard to control.

Zachary

GENDER: Masculine

USAGE: English

PRONOUNCED: ZAK-UH-ree [key]

Meaning & History

Usual English form of ZACHARIAS.

This form has been in use since the Middle Ages, though it did not become common until after the Protestant Reformation. It was borne by American military commander and president Zachary Taylor (1784-1850).

Meaning: Remembered by God.

Personality

Those named Zachary are friendly and love to be with other people. Zachary is a very confident man outwardly, but may possess anxiety in certain situations and rely on the encouragement of others. He is not afraid to ask for help.

Zachary is a harmonious person seeking guidance through God and is happy to tell the world that he lives for his beliefs. He is candid.

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These men may become frustrated with those that do not understand him, which may lead to stints of solitude.

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