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Friday, December 05, 2008

What's in a Name?

If you're like most parents, you spent a lot of time mulling over what to name your baby. And the name you finally picked had some significance. Even Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz had their reasons for naming their son Bronx Mowgli.
However, most parents avoided the unusual when naming their children in 2008, according to an annual survey.

The top boy's name for the year remained Aiden, followed by Jayden, Ethan and Jacob with classic names like Matthew, Jack, Michael, Alexander, Daniel and William all featuring in a list of the top 50 most popular names.

Emma replaced Sophia as the top girl's name followed by Isabella and Olivia with Sarah, Elizabeth and Anna also popular.

The list was compiled from thousands of baby name entries on the baby website Babycenter.com. In 2008, parents also selected names from the political arena (Barack, Madison, Kennedy); movies (Jada, Will, Gwen); and the Bible (Jacob, Isaac, Abigail.)

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