Top Baby Names

Find out the favorites for 2009 and tell us how you selected your child's name.

It's one of the biggest decisions for expectant parents: what to name the baby?  You may find it interesting to know what the most popular names are right now.

Isabella and Aiden top the list of the 100 most popular baby names for 2009.  That's according to BabyCenter.com, which based its list on submissions from parents.  Rounding out the top five for girls are Sophia, Emma, Olivia and Ava.  For the boys, Aiden is followed by Ethan, Jackson, Jayden and Jacob.

(Quick sidenote: BabyCenter.com is just one of several websites that sends you weekly updates on where you are in your pregnancy, including comparing your baby's weight to a fruit or vegetable.  My baby is said to weigh the amount of a Chinese cabbage this week.)

Some speculate Isabella could remain popular for the next few years, thanks to the popularity of the Twilight series.  One of my nieces is fortunate to have that gorgeous name.  Emma has been near the top of the most popular list for years now.  Remember the name of the baby Jennifer Aniston's character had on the TV show Friends?  It was Emma. 

Pop culture certainly has its influence on what parents name their babies.  On the other hand, some people shy away from names that make the top baby name lists, or any baby name list, in order to find a unique name for their child.  Some dear friends of mine liked the names Gabrielle and Gabriella but worried they were both too long for their last name.  Their solution was Brielle, a beautiful choice they'd never heard of anywhere else.

Certainly, some parents name their children after themselves.  Men have the option of adding a Junior to their name.  For women, you have to be more creative if you want your baby to bear your name.  A friend named Caroline also named her daughter Caroline, but everyone calls the child Charlie. 

For Chris and me, we have names selected for both a boy and a girl, since we're not finding out the sex of our baby in advance.  We are relying heavily, though not entirely, on family names in our selection of first and middle names. 

How about you?  Tell us about your baby's name and how you decided on it.

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  • by Star Location: Henderson on Feb 17, 2011 at 04:43 PM
    My sons NAme Is Zander Allen We were going to name him Kdyn But we picked Zander for a girl it would have been trinty marie
  • by Amanda Location: Colerain on Mar 22, 2010 at 01:17 PM
    My husband and I are pregnant with our first child, a girl. Her name will be Serenity Ann Marie. I've always loved the name Serenity. Ann for my mother-in-law and aunt (their middle names), and Marie for my mom and my best friend (their middle names too). We thought that if we had a boy his name would have been Evan Michael. Congrats Heather and I hope that your other baby (puppy) does well with this one!
  • by Vivian Location: Creswell,Nc on Mar 10, 2010 at 06:15 PM
    A good name for a girl could be Nevaeh which is heaven spelled backwards. For the boys name I think Aiden is a great name of JaYden
  • by Velvet Location: Windsor on Feb 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM
    Our first son's name is Jonathan Stokes Powell, IV. He goes by Stokes. I love that we call him Stokes, because it is unique. The next baby, due in 12 days, is another boy. The name is a secret for now, but is also a family name and a bit unique!
  • by Cindy Location: Williamston on Feb 1, 2010 at 09:47 PM
    I have 2 boys ( Garrett & Ethan ) and also 2 girls (Ashlyn & Carly Jae) I've been complimented many times on giving them unique names that not every kid in the class has....remember that when chosing!
  • by Judy Location: Washington, NC on Jan 26, 2010 at 04:21 AM
    Misti Dawn is a great name for a girl
  • by Kathy Location: Greenville on Jan 21, 2010 at 12:42 PM
    My son's middle name is Jackson and that is what he goes by. It's a family name and he is now 16, so we called him that way before it was popular.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2010 at 11:32 AM
    Gus, Fabian, Arthur, and Agatha are bad names.
  • by BRC Location: Washington on Jan 19, 2010 at 02:49 PM
    My daughters name is Allison AvaHaiyes; We call her AvaHaiyes. Allison is after my wonderful mother-in-law; wouldn't know what to do without her. Ava is actually after Ava Gardner; my Nana's favorite actress and Haiyes (this is a little cheesy); you know how when you were younger and you would come up with names you would name your child when you get older and married. Well Haiyes is actually the name my husband and I joked about when we were in high school. We have always liked it. It is different and people always ask.... "Where did that come from?". It suits her wonderfully!! :)
  • by Kathy Location: Williamston on Jan 14, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    I have 2 boys my first is Zander Allen I first heard that name on Buffy the Vampire Slayer but it was short for Alexander...I just perferred Zander Allen. My second boy is named Austin Dillon. My madien name and My husbands first name in Dillon, that is where that came from. I love my boys and their names.
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