The Most Popular Baby Names in America

Family Matters on 05.06.11


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The Social Security Administration released its list of the most popular baby names for 2010, but it looks a lot like the 2009 list: The Twilight-inspired Jacob and Isabella are still number one, and the only new name on either top ten is Aiden (which bumped Joshua off of the boys' list). 

The Social Security office also tracks the change in popularity of each name, and found that this year the names with the biggest jumps were Bentley for boys (which jumped 414 spots) and Maci for girls (which jumped 423 spots) -- most likely a result of MTV's "Teen Mom" and "16 and Pregnant," which followed the story of Maci Bookout and her son, Bentley. Another Twilight name, Kellan (in honor of actor Kellan Lutz), made the second-biggest jump, from a rank of 626 to 366, while Giuliana went from a rank of 705 in 2009 to 376 last year.

Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue says he is most upset about the loss of one name in particular from the top 1,000: Elvis. This year is the first since 1954 that the King's moniker didn't appear on the list.


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