Thursday, October 16, 2008

Top Baby Names

Have you ever wondered how many people across the globe have the very same name as you? Well, it all depends on how unique or how popular your name is. For years, people have been keeping tabs on the baby names that have been filed and registered. Such monitoring has allowed us to identify which names are most commonly used. It can be observed that a lot of the baby names topping the list are of American origin.

The famous baby names for girls in 2000 were Emily, Emma, Madison, Hannah, Hailey, Sarah, Kaitlyn, Isabella, Olivia, Abigail, Brianna, Kaylee, Alexis and Elizabeth. The baby names for boys that made it to the top were Jacob, Aidan, Ethan, Matthew, Nicholas, Joshua, Ryan, Michael, Zachary, Tyler, Christopher, Joseph, Andrew and William.

In 2004, the baby names for girls that appeared prominently in lists were Emily, Emma, Madison, Olivia, Hannah, Abigail, Isabella, Ashley, Samantha, Elizabeth and Kaitlyn. It is interesting to note that Emily has been the top female name for several years in a row. Meanwhile, Jacob, Michael, Joshua, Matthew, Ethan, Andrew, Daniel, William, Joseph, Christopher, Aidan, Ryan, Michael, Tyler and Nicholas were the most chosen names for baby boys.

If you try checking the lists of top baby names in other countries, you will be surprised to find out that not all of the names mentioned above are included. This is because tastes for names vary in the Western part of the globe. In fact, other countries could boast a far different set of names. Take Austria, for example. Here, the popular names for baby boys are Lukas, Florian, Tobias, David, Alexander, Fabian, Michael, Julian, Daniel and Simon. As for popular Austrian names for baby girls, the list includes Sarah, Anna, Julia, Laura, Lena, Hannah, Lisa, Katharina, Leonie and Vanessa.

By Peter Emerson

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