You’ve been waiting on pins and needles for it. (What, you haven’t? You mean only name gurus like me do that?)! Well, it’s here and I’m excited, and YOU should be, too! The U.S. Social Security Administration released their Top Baby Names list, just in time for Mother’s Day!
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! 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?