Top 100 Baby Names of 2008

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Tracking Baby Names

Every year, the Social Security Administration takes the pulse of the nation and satisfies the curiosity of many a would-be trend spotter.

Here's the burning question that the records of the federal government are uniquely primed to answer authoritatively: What in the world are people naming their children?

The Social Security Administration recently made available the most recent set of baby name statistics, covering births in 2008.

Baby Emma, Baby Jacob

Look out for a burgeoning coterie of Emmas and Jacobs among the toddlers you're likely to meet over the next few years.

Out of about 4.2 million births in the United States in 2008 (as tracked through applications for social security numbers), 18,587 of the baby girls were named Emma and 22,272 of the baby boys were named Jacob.

Fifty years ago, in 1958, the top names for newborns were Mary and Michael. Twenty-five years ago, in 1983, the most popular names were Jennifer and Michael.

Here is the latest list of the top 100 names for boys and girls.

TOP 100 NAMES FOR BOYS

  1. Jacob
  2. Michael
  3. Ethan
  4. Joshua
  5. Daniel
  6. Alexander
  7. Anthony
  8. William
  9. Christopher
  10. Matthew
  11. Jayden
  12. Andrew
  13. Joseph
  14. David
  15. Noah
  16. Aiden
  17. James
  18. Ryan
  19. Logan
  20. John
  21. Nathan
  22. Elijah
  23. Christian
  24. Gabriel
  25. Benjamin
  26. Jonathan
  27. Tyler
  28. Samuel
  29. Nicholas
  30. Gavin
  31. Dylan
  32. Jackson
  33. Brandon
  34. Caleb
  35. Mason
  36. Angel
  37. Isaac
  38. Evan
  39. Jack
  40. Kevin
  41. Jose
  42. Isaiah
  43. Luke
  44. Landon
  45. Justin
  46. Lucas
  47. Zachary
  48. Jordan
  49. Robert
  50. Aaron
  51. Brayden
  52. Thomas
  53. Cameron
  54. Hunter
  55. Austin
  56. Adrian
  57. Connor
  58. Owen
  59. Aidan
  60. Jason
  61. Julian
  62. Wyatt
  63. Charles
  64. Luis
  65. Carter
  66. Juan
  67. Chase
  68. Diego
  69. Jeremiah
  70. Brody
  71. Xavier
  72. Adam
  73. Carlos
  74. Sebastian
  75. Liam
  76. Hayden
  77. Nathaniel
  78. Henry
  79. Jesus
  80. Ian
  81. Tristan
  82. Bryan
  83. Sean
  84. Cole
  85. Alex
  86. Eric
  87. Brian
  88. Jaden
  89. Carson
  90. Blake
  91. Ayden
  92. Cooper
  93. Dominic
  94. Brady
  95. Caden
  96. Josiah
  97. Kyle
  98. Colton
  99. Kaden
  100. Eli

TOP 100 NAMES FOR GIRLS

  1. Emma
  2. Isabella
  3. Emily
  4. Madison
  5. Ava
  6. Olivia
  7. Sophia
  8. Abigail
  9. Elizabeth
  10. Chloe
  11. Samantha
  12. Addison
  13. Natalie
  14. Mia
  15. Alexis
  16. Alyssa
  17. Hannah
  18. Ashley
  19. Ella
  20. Sarah
  21. Grace
  22. Taylor
  23. Brianna
  24. Lily
  25. Hailey
  26. Anna
  27. Victoria
  28. Kayla
  29. Lillian
  30. Lauren
  31. Kaylee
  32. Allison
  33. Savannah
  34. Nevaeh
  35. Gabriella
  36. Sofia
  37. Makayla
  38. Avery
  39. Riley
  40. Julia
  41. Leah
  42. Aubrey
  43. Jasmine
  44. Audrey
  45. Katherine
  46. Morgan
  47. Brooklyn
  48. Destiny
  49. Sydney
  50. Alexa
  51. Kylie
  52. Brooke
  53. Kaitlyn
  54. Evelyn
  55. Layla
  56. Madeline
  57. Kimberly
  58. Zoe
  59. Jessica
  60. Peyton
  61. Alexandra
  62. Claire
  63. Madelyn
  64. Maria
  65. Mackenzie
  66. Arianna
  67. Jocelyn
  68. Amelia
  69. Angelina
  70. Trinity
  71. Andrea
  72. Maya
  73. Valeria
  74. Sophie
  75. Rachel
  76. Vanessa
  77. Aaliyah
  78. Mariah
  79. Gabrielle
  80. Katelyn
  81. Ariana
  82. Bailey
  83. Camila
  84. Jennifer
  85. Melanie
  86. Gianna
  87. Charlotte
  88. Paige
  89. Autumn
  90. Payton
  91. Faith
  92. Sara
  93. Isabelle
  94. Carolina
  95. Genesis
  96. Isabel
  97. Mary
  98. Zoey
  99. Gracie
  100. Megan

BABY NAME POLL

Would kind of name woud you rather have?

  • A classic name. Easy to spell and pronounce!
  • A trendy name. So what if it gives away my age?
  • A totally unique name. What's better than that?
  • A name with meaning. Call me after a favorite aunt or a favorite city, and I will always have a story.
See results without voting

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easy1 7 years ago from Ireland

I was thinking of calling our little girl Chardonnay,great hub.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

There are so many names to choose from...I'll tell you what I refuse to do to my kid:

1) Name him/her a name that he/she will be punished for in school by other children: Chance, Maury, Gilligan, Moonbeam, Jezebel, etc.

2) Name him/her after a inanimate object, number, or car: Corvette, Soda, Gremlin, Seven, Porsche, Thirteen, Salsa, etc.

3) Name him/her after a President of the U.S.: Nixon, Garfield, Reagan, Ike, etc.

I think I can come up with a few original ones myself! Thank you!


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bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

oh, my children's names are not in the list... but that means they're unique, or common?


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glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

Thanks for this Hub! I always like to see what the new popular names are. When I was a baby, my name was one of the most popular... Now it see they are names that I rarely saw in my youth! I do love the name "Ava", though :)


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

I liked your poll at the end. So true that some names do give away your age more than others. I remember when "Jasmine" and "Ariel" were popular because they were Disney heroines of the time.

It's interesting to me that the boys' list still includes all the classics (James, John, William, Andrew, Charles, Robert, Michael, etc.) But the girls' list has very, very few of what I consider the "classic" girl names. What happened to Catherine, Patricia, Debbie, Cathy, Barbara, Susan -- the old fashioned names? Guess they will come back into vogue some other year:-).

BTW to Dohn above. I have a cat named Gremlin:-). True.


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babynology 3 years ago from New York

I am looking 100 top baby names for boy and girl. Each name comes with information on any known meaning. If you would like to find out the meaning or origin any of the names, you can simply search on babynology.com

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