Monday, May 15, 2006

Emily, Jacob Still Most Popular Baby Names

From -- "When kids born in 2005 head to kindergarten in a few years, a lot of them will be raising their hands when the teacher calls out "Emily" or "Jacob." In border states, it will be hard to miss Jose, Angel and Mia.

For the 10th year running, Emily is the most popular name for infant girls in the United States, according to figures this Mother's Day weekend from the Social Security Administration.

"The whole question was whether Emma going to beat out Emily this time," said Cleveland Evans, a professor at Bellevue University in Nebraska and president of the American Names Society. Emma was number two on the list.

Biblical names dominate the boys' list. Jacob is the most popular, as it has been since 1999. Other top picks for boys are Michael, Joshua and Matthew.

"There's a lot more men mentioned in the Bible than women," Evans said. Maybe that's why the girls' list includes so many non-biblical names such as Madison."

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