Archive for May, 2009

Top Baby Names of 2008: Make Way for Emma!

OK, moms-to-be, get out your list of names. Today’s the day you find out if every child in America has the name you have your heart set on for your baby.

For 2008, the top name for girls — after 12 years of Emily supremacy — is Emma. Emma also happens to be my dog’s name. It’s very confusing on the playground! ;)

Number one for boys, for the tenth year in a row………..(drumroll, please)…..


Here are the top names of 2008, according to the SSA…

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Ethan
  4. Joshua
  5. Daniel
  6. Alexander
  7. Anthony
  8. William
  9. Christopher
  10. Matthew
    Note: Rank 1 is the most popular, rank 2 is the next most popular, and so forth.

Some unusual names made their debut on the SSA hot 1,000 this year…

These names include Isla (623), Mareli (718), Dayami (750), Nylah (821) and Jazlene (831) to name a few for the girls. For the boys: Aaden (No. 343), Chace (655), Marley (764), Kash (779), Kymani (836), Ishaan (851), Jadiel (874) and Urijah (889). Social Security officials expressed hope that parents were not naming their sons Marley after the badly behaved dog who starred in the movie “Marley and Me.” Beckham also made the list for the first time, coming in at number 893—undoubtedly influenced by the arrival in the United States of British soccer star David Beckham.

…and a shout out to the President!

The name everybody is wondering about, Barack, did not make this year’s top 1,000 boy’s list, but it did set what is believed to be a record by skyrocketing more than 10,000 spots in rising from number 12,535 in 2007 to 2,409 in 2008. Social Security’s sophisticated predictive models are forecasting an increase well into the top 1,000 for Barack for 2009.

Another spelling of the popular boy’s name “Aidan” (my daughter’s name) has made it’s way on to the list (Aaden). Greeeeeeeeaaaaaaaat. ;)

The Social Security Administration doesn’t account for alternative spellings when it compiles its list, but our baby naming expert does. Jennifer Moss wrote the book on baby names, and here is Moss’s list of the big baby names for 2008. Aidan has been the number one boys’ name there for a long, long, long time.

I spoke with Jennifer in our Pea in the Podcast: What’s in a Name? about what you can do if you have your heart set on a name that is overwhelmingly popular these days, like Aidan (meaning: little fire) or Emma or Emily or Jacob. In fact, naming your baby is such a momumental responsibility, it might be a good idea to give this podcast a listen no matter what you’re thinking about naming your baby! Jennifer is a great resource for all things having to do with naming your baby.

Good luck with this intimidating decision!

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