Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bear Blu is not one of the top ten baby names for 2010

Bear Blu might become popular after today's news that that is the name chosen by actress Alicia Silverstone for her baby boy. However, Isabella and Jacob reign supreme on the Social Security's Most Popular Baby Names List.

"This is the 12th year in a row on our list for Jacob and the second for Isabella, although 2010 has a new No. 2 for girls, Sophia," said Frances Heimes-Savickis, Social Security administration public affairs specialist. "The only new name to crawl into the top 10 on either list this year is Aiden, which replaces Joshua on the boy's side."

Social Security started compiling its baby names listing in 1997. The Social Security website offers lists of baby names for each year since 1880. A popular feature of Social Security's baby names website is the change in popularity page. Having the biggest jump this year are two names related to each other: Maci and Bentley. Maci Bookout and her infant son, Bentley, were prominently featured on the show, “Teen Mom” and its predecessor, "16 and Pregnant.” 

"If you remember last year's baby name craze around the 'Twilight' novels and movies, it should come as no surprise that 'Twilight' scored again this year. The second fastest riser on the boys' list is Kellan, the name of actor Kellan Lutz, best known for playing Emmett Cullen in the 'Twilight' series," said Heimes-Savickis. "Coming in third is Knox, one of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's toddler twins."

Making the list on the girls' side is Tiana, the name of the main character in Disney's "The Princess and the Frog." 

Since baby names are often inspired by celebrity news, it's a good bet that out of the billions who watched the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, someone will choose to name their child after Prince William and Catherine.

The top name Isabella and others down the line including Ava and Chloe have surged in popularity because of a growing trend in naming newborn girls after their grandmothers.
"So, while we typically report only on American baby names, we note the excitement about the recent royal wedding and suggest there may be a Princess Elizabeth, Frances, Valerie, or Dorothy in the future," said Heimes-Savickis.

Still, stumped on a name?
Here are the Social Security's top 10 boys' and girls' names for 2010 as they appear on the Most Popular Baby Names Page:

1. Jacob
2. Ethan
3. Michael
4. Jayden
5. William
6. Alexander
7. Noah
8. Daniel
9. Aiden
10. Anthony

1. Isabella
2. Sophia
3. Emma
4. Olivia
5. Ava
6. Emily
7. Abigail
8. Madison
9. Chloe
10. Mia

In Michigan the top five boys and girls names for 2010 were: Jacob, Ethan, Noah, Logan and Aiden for boys; and Sophia, Isabella, Olivia, Ava and Emma for girls.

It does not appear on the list but I would venture to say that name Harry will make a comeback.

"Before Ernst Lubitsch’s child was born, Sam Goldwyn asked him: 'What’ll you name the baby? … If it’s a boy, we’ll name him William,' Lubitsch informed '–because it’ll be very nice, calling my son Bob. Yes, I like that name. Bob' … Goldwyn unfazed by Lubitsch’s remarkable declaration that Bob is the diminutive of William, assured the director that he did not like such a name … 'But William is a very nice name,' Lubitsch protested … 'Oh, no,' Goldwyn assured him. 'In these days, every Tom, Dick and Harry is called William,'" -- Washington Post.

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