Most parents-to-be spend hours agonizing over what to name their babe. It's such a big decision—the kid's got to live with it for life, after all—so how do they decide? The choices for baby girl names are endless—Parenting.com has a database of more than 35,000 names—but some of the same names come up over and over again. Here's a look at the top 10 girl baby names registered for Social Security in 2012.
Origin/meaning: Greek, "Wise"
Why it's a top name: This ancient Greek moniker rose through the ranks in the late '90s, has been in the top 10 for four years and finally cracked the top spot in 2011. It's easy to see why, thanks to name's beautiful sound and sage quality. We predict a long reign for Sophia as the number one girls' name.
Sophias you might know:
- Actress Sophia Loren (pictured)
- Queen Sofia of Spain
- Director Sofia Coppola