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5/7/10

Isabella, Jacob on top of most popular baby names

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(KCBD) - There's a new queen of baby names. Isabella took the crown from last year's winner, Emma, to claim the top girl baby name of 2009. Jacob continued his run by holding onto the top boy name for the 11th year in a row over a new No. 2 for boys, Ethan.

New to the top 10 this year for boys are Jayden and Noah, and for girls, Mia.

To see all the top baby names for 2009, go to Social Security's website www.socialsecurity.gov. Here are the top 10 boys and girls names for 2009:

  Boys Girls
1. Jacob Isabella
2. Ethan Emma
3. Michael Olivia
4. Alexander Sophia
5. William Ava
6. Joshua Emily
7. Daniel Madison
8. Jayden Abigail
9. Noah Chloe
10. Anthony Mia

A favorite feature of Social Security's baby names website is the "Change in Name Popularity" page. This year's winner for the biggest jump is Maliyah, which undoubtedly is related to the popularity of the First Family. Malia (the spelling used by the First Daughter), also is one of the top 10 fastest risers among girls names. Isla, the name of popular actress Isla Fisher (and wife of Sacha Baron Cohen - aka Borat)  was the second fastest riser among girls.

On the boy's side, Cullen had the biggest increase, likely attributable to the popular character Edward Cullen in the "Twilight" novels and movies. King came in as the No. 3 top mover for boys.

The girl's name Marely, which interestingly had the third largest increase last year, had the biggest drop this year from No. 334 to 851. Mylee had the second biggest drop; Miley (as in Cyrus) also dropped in popularity. In the wake of controversies surrounding Lindsay Lohan, Lindsay dropped from No. 381 to 524.

Brett, Jonas and Alvin are among the boy's names with the largest decreases. And despite the soaring popularity of singing trios - whether human brothers or the chipmunk variety - fewer people apparently are willing to name their sons Jonas or Alvin.

With 69 baby Baracks born in 2009, Barack continues to move up the list to No. 1,993 from 2,424 in 2008, and 12,535 in 2007, but still lags well behind First Dog Bo at 782. 

Many patterns of recent years continued. Religious names continue to be very popular, including the girl names Heaven at No. 275 and Nevaeh (Heaven spelled backwards) at 34. Messiah was No. 663 for boys. An extraordinary 3.7 percent of the Top 1,000 boy names rhymed with the word "maiden" and names associated with cities, states, or countries were popular, particularly for girls.

The Social Security website offers lists of baby names for each year since 1880.  Social Security started compiling baby name lists in 1997.

Check out www.socialsecurity.gov on May 14 to see the most popular baby names for each state, as well as an exclusive video of Chubby Checker counting down the most popular names of the past decade.

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