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Top Baby Names 2009

newborn-sm250If you had a baby in 2009, congratulations! You’ve joined the ranks of the nearly four million women who have babies in the U.S. each year.  And as special and unique as each of those babies are, they all have one thing in common:  A name.  Of course, they don’t all have the same name, but according to Parents.com, lots of them do.  

The online parenting mag reports that among their readers, the most popular name for a baby boy born in 2009 was the same as the top boys’ name for 2008:  Aidan.  And even parents who bucked that trend bucked it only a little with four of the top fifty boys’ names rhyming with Aiden:  Jayden, Caden, Hayden, and Brayden.  Here are the top ten boys’ name for 2009 as calculated by Parents.com:

  1. Aidan
  2. Jayden/Jaden
  3. Michael
  4. Jacob
  5. Ethan
  6. Andrew
  7. Caden
  8. James
  9. Joshua
  10. Matthew

Parents of baby girls aren’t venturing too far from the tried and true, either.  Isabella, or some variation thereof, claimed the top spot in 2008 and 2009. In fact, with a few exceptions, the top ten girls’ baby names are all fairly traditional choices that have been popular for years. Here are the Parents.com top ten baby girl names for 2009:

  1. Isabella/Isabel/Bella
  2. Emily
  3. Elizabeth
  4. Ava
  5. Olivia
  6. Chloe
  7. Emma
  8. Madison
  9. Abigail
  10. Arianna

It seems that despite some high-profile celebrities saddling their kids with offbeat names, most parents still prefer the classics. Here are the top 50 girls’ and boys’ names for 2009.

Photo:  Nezemnaya/Flickr

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