LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- According to over 100,000 new and
expecting parents who visit the website BabyNames.com, Madison and Ethan are
the most popular baby names of 2002. BabyNames.com compiles an annual list of
the Top 20 most popular baby names from expecting parents' favorite name lists
that create on the site. BabyNames.com also surveyed more than 10,000 members
on their process of choosing a name for their baby. (Both the list and the
survey results are available on the Web at http://www.babynames.com.)
The trend continues for parents giving their girls non-gender-specific
names -- names traditionally used for males or surnames such as Jordan or
Taylor. "I believe this trend comes from the desire to give power to our
female offspring," says Jennifer Moss, BabyNames' Senior Partner. Moss adds,
"The mothers of today grew up in the 1970s, a time when they were influenced
by the women's movement. We want our daughters to start out on equal ground."
Top 20 names of 2002 are:
* Names being used for both boys and girls
According to BabyNames.com's recent survey of over 10,000 members, 82% of
whom are expecting or new parents, the first and foremost criteria in choosing
a name is uniqueness. The first and foremost reason for not choosing a name
is overpopularity. Despite parents' trying to avoid the most popular naming
trends, traditional and biblical names have been the most popular for boy
babies for many years, including 2002.
Other naming trends identified in the survey:
-- Men are participating more in choosing the name of their baby, with
both parents creating lists and having "veto power."
-- Although having a unique name is important, 44 percent of couples
would still consider naming a child after one of the parents.
BabyNames.com is a family-owned and -operated site that receives over half
a million unique visitors a month. The site provides a searchable database
with more than 5,000 multi-ethnic names and meanings, parenting advice, baby
news from around the Internet and over 40 active message boards.
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