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The hottest new baby boy names of 2012

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Buzzworthy baby boy names

The hottest new baby boy names of 2012 are edgy and undeniably cool. Today’s parents love modern boy names like Brantley, Iker and Zaiden, as well as preppy names like Remington or Finnegan. Find out the baby boy names for the cool boys on the block.

The Social Security Administration’s list of top baby names reveals that Jacob is the most popular baby boy name, however what we find even more interesting are those names that are climbing the charts the fastest.

Bentley was the boy’s name that was the biggest climber last year, while a similar sounding name showed the biggest jump this year: Brantley. What caused this name to climb the charts? Check out the hottest new boy names below and find out the new baby name trends of the future.

Top 50 hottest baby boy names

2. Iker
4. Zaiden
5. Kamden
9. Atticus
10. Nico
11. Abram
12. Amare
14. Jayce
15. Dexter
18. Kieran
19. Kason
21. Adriel
22. Bruce
23. Milo
24. Abel
26. Axel
27. Braylen
28. Karter
29. Brooks
30. Arthur
31. Mateo
32. Emmett
33. Ronan
34. Xander
35. Waylon
37. Brycen
38. Gideon
39. Zayden
40. Matteo
41. Corbin
42. Ryker
43. Enzo
45. Easton
46. Ryland
47. Prince
48. Jace
50. Ezra

Check out the top 100 baby names from the Social Security Administration here >>

Baby name trends

Brantley moved a whopping 416 spots in one year to land at number 320 on the Social Security Administration’s top baby name list. Why the increase in popularity? Perhaps it is due to country singer Brantley Gilbert, who jumped on scene with his hit song “Country Must Be Country Wide?” 

Iker also saw a huge jump in popularity, moving up 267 spots — and perhaps this is due to the Spanish football hunk Iker Fernandez on the Real Madrid and Spanish National team?

Modern and edgy sounding baby boy names are climbing up the charts as well, including Zaiden, Nico, Xander and Enzo. Max has been a popular choice for parents for many years, however the longer version of Maximiliano jumped 173 spots in one year!

Preppy baby names are another baby name trend spotted on the list. Barrett, Archer, Declan, Remington and Finnegan are names that are destined to be playing lacrosse at an Ivy League school — or at least a character name in Gossip Girl!

The letter “K” is not just for the Kardashian sisters, as there are many “K” baby boy names on the list, including Kamden, Kieran, Kason and Karter. It is interesting to note that the name Maverick is climbing the charts. Perhaps many parents are fans of Tom Cruise's character Maverick in the 1986 hit movie Top Gun?

For those that are curious, the baby boy names that saw the biggest drop in popularity this year include Brett, Jamarion, Shaun and Jaydon.

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