According to a recent report by the Social Security Administration, the top 10 most popular baby names for 2008 were:
But the big news is Barack. The name moved an unprecedented amount -- from 12, 535th place in 2007 to 2,409th in 2008.
What always strikes me about this list is how many parents inadvertently choose a popular name for their child. I grew up as Jenny -- 1 of 5 Jennies in my high school class -- so my babynaming goal was the avoid the year's most popular names. Instead, I wanted solid, "normal" names for my boys; nothing too out there, but nothing too common either.
I failed miserably. Boy #2 is Tyler, the male equivalent of Jenny if ever there was one. Unbeknownst to us, Tyler was #10 the year he was born.
That's right: we never managed a name out of the Top 100. Or out of the Top 60, for that matter.
How 'bout you? Where do your boys names rank on the popularity list?