Remember Sarah Palin? Yeah we had almost forgotten about her too, but she's back in the news. This time, though, she's not angling to be the Vice President but waiting to be a grandma. Daughter Bristol Palin and presumptive son-in-law Levi Johnston are all ready to welcome their baby, who is due on December 20.
The results are in and the top baby names for 2008 have been determined according to Babycenter.com. And despite the celebrity weirdness of late (Zuma Nesta Rock? Bronx Mowgli?) average parents are sticking with average names for their offspring.
For boys, Aiden retained his spot as the number one name (a position held since 2005), followed by Jayden, Ethan and Jacob. For the girls, Emma made a return to the number one position, knocking off last year's Sophia and beating out Isabella and Olivia. Seeing as how this was an election year, it isn't surprising to find that presidential names were popular with lots of boys being named Jackson and Tyler and girls getting Madison, Taylor and Kennedy.
Babycenter's editor-in-chief, Linda Murray says the results show a trend toward classic and old-fashioned names. "Times have changed and people are taking the world more seriously, affected by what is going on the world," she said.
Yes, it seems that most parents don't want their children being teased and chose names that would reflect something positive about them. For boys, parents said they wanted names that represented strength, kindness and compassion, compared to the strength and individuality they were going for in 2007. For girls, parents were looking for something that expressed kindness, compassion, intelligence and strength. Last year, they were looking for femininity and individuality.
I can't help but notice that for both boys' and girls' names, parents seem to have lost the desire for names that express individuality. Why do you suppose that is?
Top 10 Baby Names in 2010In this episode of The Lab, we learn more about baby names. Daddy Clay talks with Linda Murray of BabyCenter.com to find out what the top baby names for 2010 are. She tells us about the annual Top 10 Baby Name list and reveals what the popular names for girls and boys are. Find out how pop culture, including television shows like Mad Men and Glee, influence parents and their choice of names. Politics and sports stars also lead to trends.
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