Kaitlyn Moves to the Top for Girls' Names as Michael Remains Most Popular For Boys in 1998

Popular BabyCenter.com Web Site Reveals Top Baby Names for the Year

Dec 30, 1998, 00:00 ET from BabyCenter

    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael and Kaitlyn earned top
 rankings as the most popular baby names of 1998, reports the second annual
 names study released by BabyCenter.com, the leading information and commerce
 Web site for new and expectant parents. The BabyCenter.com names study is
 based on an analysis of more than one million Social Security registrations in
 1998 and a survey of 2,500 new parents.
     While 33 percent of parents surveyed by BabyCenter.com said originality
 was their primary criteria in selecting their child's name, Michael was the
 most popular boys' name for the 35th year in a row, and Kaitlyn jumped two
 places to take the girls' top spot, replacing Sarah.
     New names breaking into the top ten in 1998 include Tyler for boys and
 Alexis and Madison for girls. Names that fell out of the top ten were Andrew
 for boys and Jessica and Megan for girls. The entire list of the top 100 boys'
 and girls' baby names of 1998 is available at www.babycenter.com/babyname.
     The top ten boys' names for 1998 are:
     1)  Michael
     2)  Jacob
     3)  Matthew
     4)  Nicholas
     5)  Joshua
     6)  Christopher
     7)  Brandon
     8)  Austin
     9)  Tyler
     10) Zachary
     The top ten girls' names for 1998 are:
     1)  Kaitlyn
     2)  Emily
     3)  Sarah
     4)  Hannah
     5)  Ashley
     6)  Brianna
     7)  Alexis
     8)  Samantha
     9)  Taylor
     10) Madison
     Launched in November 1997, Webby award-winning BabyCenter.com is
 recognized as the most complete online information resource and largest
 community for new and expectant parents. In addition to the top 100 baby names
 for 1998, BabyCenter.com lists the 100 most popular baby names for 1996 and
 1997 and the top 10 names by decade back to 1890.
     To provide parents with valuable naming resources, BabyCenter.com has
 several unique features, including the BabyNamer, an interactive tool with
 more than 10,000 names searchable by ethnic origin, first letter, number of
 syllables, and meaning. It also offers bulletin boards and chats where parents
 can exchange naming ideas, and even online polls to vote on baby name
 suggestions submitted by undecided expectant moms and dads.
     "As a part of our commitment to being a comprehensive new parents'
 resource, we keep tabs on naming trends through polls, bulletin boards,
 surveys, and chats," says Matt Glickman, BabyCenter CEO. "Naming a baby is a
 situation all new parents face, and BabyCenter.com offers the most up-to-date
 information and tools that can help."
     According to a recent BabyCenter.com survey, more parents than ever are
 using the Internet to help research baby names, with 15 percent indicating
 they used a Web site as a reference tool. Survey results also indicate most
 parents have their child's name chosen even before he or she is born, with
 43 percent finalizing a decision during pregnancy and 32 percent making a
 selection even before conception. (The entire survey can be found at
     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.

SOURCE BabyCenter