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Most Popular Baby Names

Most Popular Baby Names

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Choosing a name for your baby can be an overwhelming task. After all, once you settle on a name it is somewhat permanent. Whether you want to go with one of the most popular baby names or you want something a little more eclectic, knowing the most popular baby names is helpful.

In the United States, the government keeps track of the most common girl baby names and the most common boy baby names. Each year they release a list of the popular baby names for the general public. The following is the top 10 baby names of 2007 for each sex, along with the origin and definition of the top three.

Popular Boy Baby Names

1. Jacob

Jacob has remained on the list of most popular boy baby names for quite some time. In fact, it has been number one for about 10 years. Jacob is a biblical name of Hebrew decent. The actual meaning of the name Jacob directly translated is "supplanter," or "held by the heel."

2. Michael

Michael has remained in second place on the list of most popular boy baby names for about 10 years. However, the name Michael has never been far from the top. In fact, in the past 50 years it has remained steady in either first or second place. Michael is also a biblical name of Hebrew decent. Translated it means "God like."

3. Ethan

Ethan wasn't always a name that was at the top of the list, but in the past decade it has made a steady climb to the top three. This boy baby name is also biblical and of Hebrew decent. Translated it means "strong, firm, and impetuous."

And the runners-up are:

  • 4. Joshua
  • 5. Daniel
  • 6. Christopher
  • 7. Anthony
  • 8. William
  • 9. Matthew
  • 10. Andrew

Popular Baby Girl Names

1. Emily

Emily made a quick jump to the top of the list about 10 years ago and since then it has held the number one spot. The name Emily is of Latin origin and it has several meanings, including "industrious" or "rival."

2. Isabella

Isabella barely made the top 100 baby girl names a decade ago, but it has been close to the top of the list for the past five years. The name is of Hebrew and Italian origin, and it means "God is my vow."

3. Emma

Emma is another baby girl name that only broke into the top 10 in recent years. However, it has been in the second or third position for much of that time. The name is of German decent and it means "all containing" or "universal."

And the runners-up are:

 

  • 4. Ava
  • 5. Madison
  • 6. Sophia
  • 7. Olivia
  • 8. Abigail
  • 9. Hannah
  • 10. Elizabeth

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