Still Mad About Madison Announces Top Name Trends for 2006

Jan 04, 2006, 00:00 ET from

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- According to over half a million new
 and expecting parents who visit the website, Madison made the
 number 1 most popular girl's name for the 4th year in a row.
     "It's an interesting name," states Jennifer Moss, Founder
 and Partner.  "It means Son of Matthew, however it is now being used primarily
 for girls."
     Madison was the "English" name given to the mermaid played by Daryl Hannah
 in the 1984 movie Splash, however it didn't hit the top of the charts until
 almost 20 years later.
     "The name not only conveys glamour," says Moss, "but also power - as it is
 also associated with New York's Madison Avenue."
     As for boys' names, the recent Celtic trend has knocked the traditional
 Biblical names down the charts.  Michael, Jacob, Mark and Matthew are now
 being replaced by Aiden, Caden, Braeden and Jaden - a recent trend that
 started appearing on the charts in 2003.  What's up with the rhyming?  Moss
 states, "Clearly the '-aden sound' is extremely appealing to the younger,
 newer parents."
     So, any Apples or Cocos on the charts, yet?  "Not yet," says Moss, "but
 perhaps 10-15 years down the line when today's teens are tomorrow's
 20-something parents!"
     THE TOP NAME TRENDS for 2006
     BOYS                    GIRLS
     1. AIDEN                1. MADISON
     2. CADEN/KADEN          2. AVA
     3. CALEB/KALEB          3. ABIGAIL
     4. ETHAN                4. EMMA
     6. HAYDEN               6. RILEY
     7. DYLAN                7. CHLOE
     8. JADEN                8. BAILEY
     9. LOGAN                9. ISABELLA
     10. NOAH                10. OLIVIA
     ABOUT BABYNAMES.COM: receives over a million unique visitors a month and provides
 a database of over 10,000 names and meanings along with parenting advice, baby
 news and over 40 themed message boards. is owned and operated
 by sisters Jennifer Moss, Mallory Moss, Kate Moss Glinsmann, Sue Moss and
 mother, Peggy "Grandma Maggie" Moss.
     Jennifer Moss
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