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Quvenzhané Wallis, Aidy Bryant, Stephen Amell

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Any year that includes a presidential election, Olympic games and a new season of Real Housewives is sure to bring a bumper crop of memorable personalities out of the woodwork.

From the triumphant to the trashy, 2012 treated us to all kinds of new faces. Here are 10 names we've been especially glad to learn over the last 12 months—some easier to pronounce than others.