SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Jacob and Emily were the most popular names in most of the 50 states, revealed BabyCenter.com today as a part of the 1998 edition of its annual baby name study. Michael, William, Austin, Jose, Joshua, and Matthew followed as the most popular names for boys in a variety of states. Hannah, Madison, Alexis, Jessica, Samantha, Ashley, and Taylor each topped the girls' list in several additional states. BabyCenter.com posted the ten most popular baby names for each state and the District of Columbia on its award-winning Web site. For the ten most populated states, the top names for boys and girls were: CA Jose, Jessica FL Michael, Ashley GA William, Hannah IL Michael, Emily MI Jacob, Emily NJ Michael, Samantha NY Michael, Samantha OH Jacob, Emily PA Michael, Emily TX Jose, Emily A listing of the top 10 names for each state and the top 100 names of 1998 for the whole country can be viewed at BabyCenter.com's Web site at www.babycenter.com/babyname/. About BabyCenter San Francisco-based BabyCenter is the leading Internet information and commerce company serving the $18 billion baby gear market. The company produces BabyCenter.com, the Web's most complete information source on preconception, pregnancy, and baby, and operates the BabyCenter Store, an online store offering thousands of baby products and supplies. BabyCenter also creates pre/post natal health education resources for health organizations. Founded in early 1997, the company has grown to be the most recognized online community of new and expectant parents. BabyCenter is a privately held, venture capital-backed company.