Yui most popular name for baby girls in 2012; Ren for boys
Yui was the most popular name for baby girls, while Ren was the most popular boy’s name this year, according to a survey conducted by Meiji-Yasuda Seimei, a major insurance company in Japan.
Ren made a comeback for the first time in eight years, Meiji-Yasuda Seimei said. The second most popular name for baby boys was Sota or Futa (same kanji but different pronunciation), which was one rank below last year.
After Yui, the next most popular names for baby girls were Hina and Yuna.
The survey also showed that names of some London Olympic gold medalists were popular, such as Kohei (after gymnast Kohei Uchimura) and Ryota (after boxer Ryota Murata).