BabyCenter's Annual Top 10 Baby Names List Reveals Sophia the New Most Popular Baby Name for Girls

Aiden Remains Tops for Boys Third Year in a Row

Dec 13, 2007, 00:00 ET from BabyCenter

    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- BabyCenter, LLC, ("BabyCenter")
 the leading online resource for new and expectant parents, has unveiled its
 annual BabyCenter(R) Top 10 Baby Names List for 2007. Sophia jumped up six
 spots into the number one spot as favorite girl's name for the first time
 while Aiden continued to top the list as the most popular boy's name for
 the third year in a row. The BabyCenter(R) Top 10 List for 2007 is
 sponsored by the makers of JOHNSON'S(R) baby products.
     "There were big moves in both the boys' and girls' lists this year,
 with a new number one for the girls and three new additions to the boys'
 list," said Linda Murray, editor-in-chief, BabyCenter. "Parents are
 continuing to reinvent names through creative spelling and new twists."
BabyCenter(R) Top 10 Baby Names for Girls in 2007 (2006) 1. Sophia (Emma) 2. Isabella (Madison) 3. Emma (Ava) 4. Madison (Emily) 5. Ava (Isabella) 6. Addison (Kaitlyn) 7. Hailey (Sophia) 8. Emily (Olivia) 9. Kaitlyn (Abigail) 10. Olivia (Hailey) Addison (#6) is the sole new addition to the Top 10 list in 2007, replacing Abigail (#11). Kaelyn (#42), Reagan (#80), Maria (#82), Sadie (#84) and Callie (#90) were among the newcomers to the Top 100, while Angelina, Amanda, and Nicole fell off the list. The fastest rising stars include Layla (#40), up a stunning 60 spots, Bailey (#60), up 39 spots and Addison (#6), up 20 spots. Both Addison and Bailey represent character names on popular television drama Grey's Anatomy, possibly signaling an influence in the names' popularity surge.
BabyCenter(R) Top 10 Baby Names for Boys in 2007 (2006) 1. Aiden (Aiden) 2. Ethan (Jacob) 3. Jacob (Ethan) 4. Jayden (Ryan) 5. Caden (Matthew) 6. Noah (Jack) 7. Jackson (Noah) 8. Jack (Nicholas) 9. Logan (Joshua) 10. Matthew (Logan) Jayden (#4), the list's record-holder for most spellings (26), is new to the Top 10 list along with Caden (#5) and Jackson (#7), also three of the top risers in the Top 100 list. New arrivals to the Top 100 list include Adrian (#90), Colton (#91), Nolan (#95) and Cody (#96), while Ben, Kevin and Drew fell off the Top 100. Top Trends in Baby Names in 2007 The top trends in names both boys and girls point to 2-3 syllable names and the use of creative spelling. Creative and unique spelling of baby names continues to be a very popular trend in 2007. Parents found 118 ways to spell the top 10 boys' names, and 104 ways to spell the top 10 girls' names. Kaylee won the prize for most spelling variations for girls with 34 different spellings, including Caeley, Kaileigh, and Kayli. Jayden topped the list for boys, with 26 spelling variations including Jaedyn, Jaiyden, and Jadon. The BabyCenter(R) Top 10 Baby Names List has become an annual favorite for consumers. BabyCenter(R) reaches 78%(1) of all new and expecting moms online and through this reach has independently compiled over 300,000 names given in new births from January to October of 2007. The list combines names with the same pronunciation, yet different spellings, to give a more accurate view of popularity -- a key differentiation from other lists available. Additionally, BabyCenter(R) releases its top names list six months before annual lists are released from U.S. federal agencies and other third party organizations, which gives parents the earliest read possible on name popularity.
The BabyCenter(R) Top 10 Baby Names List is available at: About BabyCenter BabyCenter, LLC operates the largest online resource for expectant and new parents around the world. Having nurtured more than 100 million parents since its launch in 1997, The BabyCenter(R) global network attracts over 6 million monthly visitors, and provides a trusted online destination for parents in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Germany, India, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In the United States, BabyCenter reaches over 78% of moms with its content, community and online commerce and has garnered numerous awards including the 2006 People's Choice Webby Award. The editors at BabyCenter have also authored two guidance books, The BabyCenter Essential Guide to Pregnancy and Birth and The BabyCenter Essential Guide to Baby's First Year. BabyCenter, LLC is based in San Francisco, CA. (1) Source: BabyCenter internal calculations using 2006 Census data, Q1 2007 Comscore Media Metrix and Omniture data

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