LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the popular website
BabyNames.com, Ava and Aidan were the top names for 2006. For the first
time in five years, Madison slipped from the number one girl's name to
number four. On the boys' side, rhyming names Aiden, Caden, Braden and
Jaden continue to dominate the charts.
The BabyNames.com Top Names List is calculated from the favorite name
lists of over a million site members for the year 2006.
"Celebrity culture always has an influence on naming trends," says
Jennifer Moss, founder and CEO of BabyNames.com, "but it seems like it has
increased in recent years."
Moss says the name Ava started becoming popular after celebrity couple
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillipe chose the name for their daughter in
1999. Other celeb parents who chose the name Ava include X-Man Hugh Jackman
and TV star Heather Locklear.
But if you think the Federlines were the first celeb couple to go with
the name Jayden, you are mistaken. Jaden (and its various spellings) first
started appearing on BabyNames.com lists after Will Smith and Jada Pinkett
chose the name for their son back in 1998.
"It usually takes 3-4 years for a new name to make it from the
celebrities to the masses," says Moss, "and that's only if the names are
not too wild!"
So although Pilot Inspektor and Fifi Trixibelle will probably not be
topping the charts anytime soon, keep an eye out for Suri [Cruise] and
Shiloh [Jolie-Pitt] to appear in the forthcoming years.
THE BABYNAMES.COM MOST POPULAR NAMES for 2006
1. AIDAN/AIDEN/ADEN = 1. AVA +
2. CADEN/KADEN = 2. ABIGAIL +
3. BRADEN/BRAYDEN/BRAEDEN + 3. KAELYN/CAILYN +
4. JADEN/JAYDEN + 4. MADISON -
5. ETHAN - 5. EMMA -
6. CONNOR/CONNER + 6. ISABELLA +
7. ADDISON + 7. BAILEY +
8. RILEY + 8. CHLOE -
9. CALEB - 9. OLIVIA +
10. LOGAN - 10. HANNAH +
11. HAYDEN - 11. ISABELLE/ISABEL +
12. DYLAN - 12. GRACE +
13. NOAH - 13. ELLA +
14. AVERY + 14. ABBY/ABBIE +
15. JACOB - 15. CADENCE -
16. RYAN - 16. ALEXIS -
17. CAMERON - 17. TAYLOR -
18. ALEXANDER + 18. PAIGE +
19. AARON + 19. HAILEY -
20. TRISTAN + 20. EMILY -
+ Increased position from 2005
- Decreased position from 2005
= Same rank as 2005
BabyNames.com is owned and operated by sisters Jennifer Moss, Mallory
Moss Rustin, Kate Moss Glinsmann and Sue Moss, and their mother, Peggy
Moss. The site receives over 1.2 million visitors a month and provides a
database of over 10,000 names and meanings.
Jennifer Moss, CEO
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