Social Security just released the list of most popular baby names in 2008. In the online article “Top Baby Names in the US” Yahoo reports that in the search for a popular yet unique name,
“Many [parents] turn to the Bible; others turn to TV.
Emma debuted in the top 10 in 2002, the same year that Jennifer Aniston’s character on “Friends” gave the name to her TV show baby. In the latest lineup, Emma was followed by Isabella, Emily, Madison and Ava.
“They might want to emulate the stars, but if they do, the name can’t be too far out,” said Jennifer Moss, author of “The One-in-a-Million Baby Name Book” and founder of Babynames.com.”
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What if parents also turn to books for a name source, i.e. Twilight? When I read the series I thought to myself, “Why, what a nice name Isabella is, and isn’t Bella the most darling nickname? I’d love to name my daughter that.” Maybe the same was true with other expecting couples and the Twilight series was one of the driving factors catapulting Isabella to the number 2 girl baby name in America.
Also interesting to mention, Jacob remains the top boy name while Edward has consistently fallen since the year 2000. Does this hint at a werewolf favoritism? Just kidding!
Yay for literacy!