I'm not even going to put this up for a vote: Hashtag is the worst baby name of 2012. But it turns out, ol' Hash had a lot of competition. BabyCenter has released their list of the most popular baby names of the year, and it's a carnival of pain. Speaking of pain: Did you know that some people are naming their babies Anastasia, after the heroine of 50 Shades of Grey? Here are some other egregious examples:
It seems space was a huge naming inspiration for parents this year: Sky, Star, Luna, Skylar, Heaven, Stella, and Mars all flew higher than last year.
POTUSes from the past are proving much more popular than the ones of today. The name Reagan increased a whopping 46 percent, and fellow past presidents Kennedy, Carter, Lincoln, and Nixon all jumped in the rankings.
The smart phone may just be the best parenting tool since diapers, and some moms and dads are paying homage to industry leader Apple in their choice of baby names. The moniker Apple, though still an unusual choice, rose 15 percent for girls, vaulting a whopping 585 spots. For boys, the name Mac jumped 12 percent. And parents sure like the sound of Siri: The company's voice-enabled personal assistant climbed 5 percent on the list of girl names.
Some of those are okay, but others are the equivalent of naming your son "Pet Rock" in 1975. So who will be the number two to Hashtag's number one? (Note: Due to space constraints, I had to leave some of the more "common" examples, like Kennedy, Carter, Skyler, and Lincoln, off the list.)