Monday, January 7, 2013

Malaysia's top baby names for 2012

Malaysia's top baby names for 2012

When it comes to choosing your baby's name, it may seem like everyone has an opinion! This is where BabyCenter can help.

Whether you are looking for a unique name for a baby girl, or a traditional name for a baby boy, you may get some ideas from this list of top baby names in Malaysia. Our annual list of national favourites, courtesy of thousands of BabyCenter Malaysia parents who were pregnant or had a baby in 2012, may inspire you in your search for the perfect baby name.

Top 25 boys' names

Top 25 girls' names

1. Mohamed

1. Nor

2. Ahmad

2. Zara

3. Adam

3. Sophia

4. Rayyan

4. Aishah

5. Daniel

5. Alicia

6. Danish

6. Alya

7. Haziq

7. Hannah

8. Iman

8. Iman

9. Zikri

9. Damia

10. Irfan

10. Arissa

11. Ashraff

11. Safiya

12. Ariff

12. Humaira

13. Amsyar

13. Keisha

14. Zarif

14. Irdina

15. Aqil

15. Iris

16. Mikhail

16. Amani

17. Umar

17. Dhia

18. Aaron

18. Marissa

19. Jayden

19. Adelia

20. Aish

20. Husna

21. Haikal

21. Nurul

22. Harris

22. Sara

23. Naufal

23. Qaisara

24. Aiman

24. Qalisha

25. Aryan

25. Aqeelah


New cross-cultural names

The top Malaysian baby names have always been those with cross-cultural appeal. Names such as Adam, Daniel, Sophia, Hannah and Sarah retain their top spots year after year because they are popular with parents in nearly every ethnic community in Malaysia.

In 2012, we saw some new names bridge the cultural divide. For boys, Aaron (number 18), Aidan (number 29) and Aryan (number 25) are gaining popularity with parents in different communities. For girls, Amna and Amanda – though not in this year's list – are notable multicultural monikers.







Arabic, Hebrew


A form of Sarah, a Biblical name, meaning "princess". Also from Arabic word zahr, meaning "flower".

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From the Latin, meaning "loveable" or "lovely". Derived from the word amare, meaning "to love".

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