Baby name trends 2012

Jan 4, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. ET

What will be the hottest baby names in 2012? Today's parents are shunning popular names and searching out unique names that will help their child stand out in a crowd. From grandma and grandpa names like Agnes and Cleo to gender bending names like Arlo, check out the top trends of the year.

Baby name trends 2012

What baby girl names and baby boy names will be at the top of the charts for 2012? We took a look at baby naming trends from the Social Security Administration, celebrity names and pop culture to predict what names will be hot –- and what names are sooo 2011.

What's old is new! Grandma and Grandpa names

Forget about weird made-up names, the hottest trend for 2012 will be old-fashioned grandma and grandpa names. Celebrity parents got in on the trend, with Jennifer Connelly naming her daughter Agnes, David Schwimmer giving his son the name Cleo and Tori Spelling settling on the name of Hattie for her baby girl. Kate Hudson passed on a family name to her son when she gave him the old-fashioned name of Bingham.

Gender-bending baby names

Feminine names are out and gender-bending names are all the rage for 2012. Actor Johnny Knoxville got in on this trend when he named his daughter Arlo, as did Martha Stewart's daughter, Alexis Stewart, who named her daughter Jude.

Rebecca Grayheart and Eric Dane have a daughter named Billie, and Heidi Klum got in on the trend when she named her daughter Lou Samuel.

If you want to get in on this unisex name trend, be aware that this works better for boy names given to girls versus the other way around. It may seem biased, but a girl can get away with being called Stevie (such as Stevie Nicks) easier than a boy named Lucy.

From Katniss to Pippa: Names from pop culture

Pop culture influences the movies we watch, the songs we listen to and even how we name our babies! Thanks to the popularity of Twilight, Jacob and Isabella topped the Social Security Baby Name list.

What will 2012 bring us? After the royal wedding mania, we predict Pippa might see a surge, as will the classic names William, Kate and our favorite ginger-haired Prince Harry.

We predict the names Quinn, Mercedes and Finn will be tops, thanks to the popularity of Glee. Vampire names are not going anywhere, with the unique names Jasper, Cullen, Damon and Godric likely to be hot, thanks to Twilight, The Vampire Diaries and True Blood.

Also on our radar? Cool and unique names, such as Katniss and Peeta, from The Hunger Games.

Names ending in –a and –an

Another hot trend is names ending with the –a sound for girls, such as Amaya, Gemma, Gia, Giuliana and Tiana. The popular ending for boy names is –an or –on, such as Hudson, Moroccan, Weston, Kellan and Greyson.

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