"Fifty Shades of Grey" Inspires Baby Names for 2012

“Grey is up, Anastasis is up and Ana,” says BabyCenter editor-in-chief Linda Murray.

By An Phung
|  Thursday, Nov 29, 2012  |  Updated 3:38 PM CDT
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"Fifty Shades of Grey" Inspires Baby Names for 2012

Holding on to the number one spot of hottest baby names for several years now is Sophia and Aiden.

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The list for this year’s most popular baby names is out and it looks like parents found inspiration from trendy sources that range from technology to "Fifty Shades of Grey."

Holding on to the number one spot for several years now is Sophia and Aiden, which was no surprise to Linda Murray, global editor-in-chief of BabyCenter.  What she didn’t expect were names from a certain libido-enhancing bestseller.

“Earlier this year, we heard moms telling us [Fifty Shades of Grey] is an aphrodisiac and helping them get pregnant,” Murray told NBC's "Today" show. “Grey is up, Anastasis is up and Ana.” 

Visit NBCNews.com for released the top names of 450,000 babies born in 2012 to moms who registered with the site.

 

Murray’s San Francisco-based parenting website released the top names of 450,000 babies born in 2012 to moms who registered with the site.

It was a big year for space and technology-inspired names. Boys got names like Mars, while girls got Luna, Stella and Skye and Heaven. Apple rose 15 percent and Siri went up five percent for girls. Boys with the name Mac went up 12 percent, according to BabyCenter.com.

Traditional names that new to the top ten were Jack for boys and Mia for girls. Retro names that topped the list were Emma, Noah and Olivia.

Political names also shined in this election year.

“Reagan shot up. He had a big year.” Murray said. “It’s a good girl’s name. Carter is up, Lincoln and we did see Nixon on the list and on the rise.”

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