Top Baby Names for 2009: Jacob, Ethan, Isabella, Emma
So, how accurate were my baby name predictions? And how different are the top 10 from the best of 2008? Well, let's take a look at 2009's top baby names and see:
Top 10 Boys' Names : (see all 2009 boys' names)
- 1. Jacob
- 2. Ethan
- 3. Michael
- 4. Alexander
- 5. William
- 6. Joshua
- 7. Daniel
- 8. Jayden
- 9. Noah
- 10. Anthony
Top 10 Girls' Names : (see all 2009 girls' names)
- 1. Isabella
- 2. Emma
- 3. Olivia
- 4. Sophia
- 5. Ava
- 6. Emily
- 7. Madison
- 8. Abigail
- 9. Chloe
- 10. Mia
So, there you have it folks...now for my professional opinions (and you guys KNOW I've got a lot of those!) on the biggest baby name trends:
Na-Na-Na-Na, Na-Na-Na-Na, Hey-Hey, Goodbye: After Emily's LONG reign at the top (she's been in the top three for the past 15 years), she slipped down to #6. For boys, poor Michael got bumped from #2 by Ethan. Seems like a minor drop, but Michael has been in the top TWO names for boys since way back in 1953.
It's the Year of the Vamp: Twilight-related names flew up the charts. Cullen, Rosalie, Emmet, Jasper, Alice and Bella all made giant leaps and, of course, Isabella (Twilight's Bella real name) staked her claim as the numero uno girl's name.
It's a Classic, Baby: Ten or twenty years ago, we thought of these names for old people. Now, they're for hip little babies! Vivienne, one of Brad and Angelina's brood, was the highest climbing name of ALL on the list—it hasn't even made the list since 1930 (it was #916) but this year...#532. Whoa. Other classics that are bound to be the new classics: Olive, June, Penelope and Juliet for girls; Charlie, Dexter, Jude and Jack for boys.
The Short Circuit: Three-letter names reigned supreme (as I predicted). Jax (a modern name new to the Top 1000 in 2005) jumped up 266 spaces to TK! Ace, Asa and Van are other short but popular boys' names. For girls, there's Mia (who squeaked into the Top 10), Gia, Eve, Lia and Ada.
The Politics of Names: Politically speaking, the First Family came in, well, FIRST! Names inspired by President Obama's daughters abound: Malia moved up to #192 (alternative spelling Maliyah landed at #296, up 342 spots from last year!). Sasha also climbed over 100 spots to #261. For Republicans, Bristol, the name of Sarah Palin's daughter, debuted on the Top 1000 list for the first time ever (at #666). And Tripp, Bristol's son's name, claimed #671 (a bump of 259 spots since last year).
So, were your favorites on top? What do YOU think of the world of baby names in 2009?
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