We just came across a fascinating list of the most popular baby names in America for 2009. To find the original list, head over to Fit Pregnancy.
The Boys Names
The boys showed more tradition in 2009 than in 2008, with several biblical names making the list: Jacob, Alexander, Joshua, and Noah were all popular in 2009. Classic boys names such as William, Michael, Anthony and Daniel also made the list. Less common names such as Jayden and Ethan were also very popular.
In 2008, boys names were a mix of the old and the new. Biblical names such as Jacob, Matthew and Noah were in contrast to modern boys names such as Aiden, Caden, Jackson and Logan.
The Girls Names
The most popular girls names of 2009 were a mix of classic Victorian, and more modern. Classics like Emily, Emma, Isabella and Abigail all made the list, along with some more edgy names like Ava, Madison, and Mia. Olivia, Sophia, and Chloe were also popular.
The most popular girls names in 2008 were amazingly similar to 2009: Emma, Isabella, Ava, Sophia, Madison, and Olivia all made the list. Other popular names in 2008 included Addison, Lily, Hailey, and Madeline.
It will be interesting to see what 2010 brings. There will definitely be some repeats, but some classics are sure to come back in style, and some neat modern names are sure to emerge as well.
Pop Culture Names?
Many popular baby names come from pop culture. The popularity of the Twilight movies has made Isabella and Jacob some of the most popular names of the year. Even the name “Cullen” has become significantly more popular thanks to Twilight. Of course, Twilight is not the only source for popular names: Could it be that Aiden has grown in popularity thanks to Carrie Bradshaw’s relationship with Aiden in Sex and the City? Could it be that Madison is now a popular girl’s name thanks to Darryl Hannah’s love of the name in the 1984 movie Splash?
For Those Outside the Box…
Feel like being original? It’s as easy as thinking of stuff you love. The celebrities have this strategy down. Gwyneth Paltrow must enjoy apples, and Jason Lee must also really like pilots and inspectors. Who doesn’t love moxie and crimefighting? Penn Jillette probably does. Andre 3000 and Erykah Badu are probably fans of good luck with their child, Seven. David Duchovny likes kids…why else name your child Kyd?
Pop culture is always a great place to find a wealth of interesting and unique names. What about you? Were you named, or did you name your child something from pop culture? Let us know in the comments!
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