Top Baby Names for 2008: Emma, Isabella, Jacob, Michael
(And don't forget to check out our predictions for the top baby names of 2009!)
As far as boys' names go, Jacob still keeps his crown at #1, followed by Michael and Ethan.
How accurate were my baby-name predictions? Well, let's take a look at 2008's top baby names:
TOP 10 BOYS' NAMES: (see all 2008 boys' names) (see all 2008 girls' names)
- For the love of "aden." This is by far the most popular current naming trend: On the boys' side, Hayden, Jayden/Jaden, three different spellings of Aiden (Aiden, Aidan and Ayden) and Caden/Kaden peppered the Top 100. And for girls, Kayden jumped a whopping 117 spots up the chart! (Is Kayden the new Caitlin?)
- Cause celebre. Celebrity names graced the SSA names list like it was their own red carpet! Miley continues to dance up the charts, up from #279 to #127. Reality TV gave us Khloe and Audrina, two of the fastest movers this year. And how ironic that Kobe and Bryant landed next to each other in the #403 and #404 spots. Celebrity baby names also rule, as Kingston, a name that entered the list for the first time in 2006 at #944, rocketed up to #239 in 2008! Thanks, Gwen Stefani!
- Oldies ARE goodies. Matilda resurfaced on the chart for the first time since 1964, and Olive jumped up almost 200 spots! On the boy's side, August shimmied into the Top 500. But the biggest chart-climber of all was Isla, debuting at #623. (Also one of my fave names of the year!)
- Politics, politics. You couldn't escape politicians in 2008, and their namesakes are no exception. Although Barack didn't crack the Top 1,000 this year, there were over 10,000 babies given that name in 2008, inspired by President Obama, of course. Another rookie name is Tripp, which debuted at #926, taking a cue from VP candidate Sarah Palin's grandson.
So what names are making waves in 2009? Twilight-inspired vampire names like Bella and Edward, more Obamania, celebrity worship and old-fashioned names that keep reincarnating. Look for Miley to be well into the double digits in 2009, and Hannah to hover around the top 10. And watch out for Madison, the only "non-classic" name in the top 10, as it continues to rise in 2009, while Isabella, which was my prediction for the #1 slot for 2008, dukes it out for first place! See you next May!