Madison and Ethan Top Names in 2002

Dec 10, 2002, 00:00 ET from

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- According to over 100,000 new and
 expecting parents who visit the website, Madison and Ethan are
 the most popular baby names of 2002. compiles an annual list of
 the Top 20 most popular baby names from expecting parents' favorite name lists
 that create on the site. 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
     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:
      MADISON *
      BAILEY *
      JORDAN *
      TAYLOR *
      JADEN *
      CAMERON *
      RILEY *
      TYLER *
       * Names being used for both boys and girls
     According to'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.
     ABOUT BABYNAMES.COM: is a family-owned and -operated site that receives over half
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 with more than 5,000 multi-ethnic names and meanings, parenting advice, baby
 news from around the Internet and over 40 active message boards.
       Jennifer Moss
       (310) 575-6638
       Sue Moss
       (888) 648-8817
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