Most Popular Baby Names in California, 2012

The most popular baby names in California have been released.

According to the California Department of Public Health, the state’s top names were Jacob for boys and Sophia for girls.

Here are the top 25 girl names and top 25 boy names of 2012:

Baby Girl Names Baby Boy Names
1. Sophia, 3,610 baby girls
2. Isabella, 3,073
3. Emma, 2,423
4. Emily, 2,416
5. Mia, 2,307
6. Olivia, 1,894
7. Sofia, 1,669
8. Abigail, 1,638
9. Samantha, 1,440
10. Ava, 1,404
11. Camila, 1,394
12. Victoria, 1,289
13. Natalie, 1,288
14. Elizabeth, 1,094
15. Chloe, 1,091
16. Evelyn, 1,037
17. Genesis, 1,029
18. Ashley, 997
19. Madison, 985
20. Zoe, 980
21. Charlotte, 908
22. Hailey, 897
23. Melanie, 885
24. Audrey, 854
25. Kimberly, 847
1. Jacob, 2,955 baby boys
2. Jayden, 2,848
3. Ethan, 2,659
4. Daniel 2,654
5. Matthew, 2,623
6. Noah, 2,491
7. Alexander, 2,412
8. Anthony, 2,408
9. Nathan, 2,230
10. Andrew, 2,134
11. David, 2,134
12. Michael, 1,985
13. Aiden, 1,979
14. Angel, 1,940
15. Isaac, 1,857
16. Julian, 1,840
17. Mason, 1,823
18. Adrian, 1,782
19. Jonathan, 1,722
20. Joshua, 1,714
21. Christopher, 1,713
22. Benjamin, 1,663
23. Joseph, 1,633
24. Liam, 1,602
25. Dylan, 1,565

The biggest jumps within the top 25 were Zoe (25th in 2011) and Noah (11th in 2011).

The SSA’s list of California’s top baby names of 2012 is roughly the same.

Source: Statistics – California Department of Public Health

Popular baby names of 2012 | Armenia | Australia: New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia | Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan | Germany | Ireland | Israel | Malta | Netherlands | New Zealand | Sweden | Switzerland | UK: England and Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland | US/States: Arizona, California, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, Wyoming

One Response to Most Popular Baby Names in California, 2012

  1. It’s really interesting to see the Hispanic influence in this list. I live in California, so I know that quite a few names on this list that are not typically Hispanic are in fact popular among Spanish-speaking families, such as Anthony, Nathan, Samantha, and Kimberly. Plus, add Sophia and Sofia together and that name just overwhelms all the others. (I do hear of A LOT of Sophias).

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