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Bizarre Baby Names 2012 This year, the most popular baby names tended toward the traditional -- Sophie and Aiden were tops again in 2012. But for every couple thousand Emma's and Noah's running around, you know there has to be a little tyke who had more "creative" parents.

Babycenter has just released its top unusual names for the year -- and let's just say some of them are sure to be character-building for the infant they're bestowed on. The young lad called "Hippo" for instance, should probably befriend "Jedi" and his pal "Thunder" for a little school-yard protection (actually "Popeye" might be most useful). Lucky boys "Espn" and "Google" seem to have landed themselves corporate sponsorship early in life -- and "Cajun", "Mango" and "Burger" shouldn't be surprised if people are always hungry around them. And if names are self-fulfilling prophecies -- watch out for "Casanova" and "Vice"!

When it comes to the girls, parents were clearly inspired by all things Gallic -- "Vanille", "Couture" and "J'Adore" all made appearances on the list. Geography in general proved popular, with "Zealand" and "California" being written on birth certificates this year. The letter "S" stands for "Sesame", "Shoog" and the hopefully ironic "Sanity". Re-invented spellings added another layer of "flair", with "Hailo" and "Thinn". For it's glorious embrace of all that's absurd, however, you just can't go past "Yoga". Unless it's with "Leeloo". 

Posted by Sarah Laing
2012-12-13, 09:30:58

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