January, 2008

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Top Baby Names for 2007

Friday, January 4th, 2008

 

Girls' names Boys' names
1. Sophia 1. Aiden
2. Isabella 2. Ethan
3. Emma 3. Jacob
4. Madison 4. Jayden
5. Ava 5. Caden
6. Addison 6. Noah
7. Hailey 7. Jackson
8. Emily 8. Jack
9. Kaitlyn 9. Logan
10. Olivia 10. Matthew

 

   For anyone in my line of work (Maternity Nursing) this top-ten list from Babycenter.com was a no brainer. In fact, I could have predicted the outcome in July. Maybe now people will realize that we weren't kidding when we said all year Sophia is going to be the #1 baby name. Also, I will say that if Jack and Jackson were combined, they would probably be #2. We gets so many people naming their boys that name now. And, really, the Aiden, Cayden, Haiden, Brayden, Jayden, Zaiden trend has to stop (yes, I have heard them all from patients, in countless different spellings).The Addison trend does not surprise me either. The name came out of nowhere and I now hear it all the time.  

  Baby naming is a topic that I have become a bit obsessed with since I got this job. Nothing pleases me more than patients who pick fabulous names for their children. It is an equal downer when people pick ridiculous or super-common names. I do feel bad for the people who didn't realize that Addison would be so common when they picked it (Thanks, Grey's Anatomy).

   At my hospital they take photos of babies if then parents are interested and post them on the website. It is only about 10% of our deliveries, but it is interesting to see the trends. You can search out hospitals in any city to see what names are popular in your part of the country at http://www.our365.com/webnursery/WebNursery/BabyFinder/BabyFinder.aspx 

Any of you who have read Freakonomics know how names become trends. For those who have not read it, you can read a summary of the baby name chapter on Slate here and here

Barack my World

Friday, January 4th, 2008

    We have been closely following the presidential primary run-up and are very pleased to see that our candidate of choice, Barack Obama, won in Iowa by a wide margin. We have been fans of Obama since his 2004 speech at the Democratic Convention. It doesn't hurt that he has some roots in the same part of the world as Julius. While his father has been outed as a drunk, egomaniacal, wife beating, polygamist, Obama never knew him and has embraced the rest of his extended family and many half-siblings in Kenya. Africans are all anticipating that his ties to their continent can only mean good things if he does become president.

    The big question now is if he can keep his winning streak up for the next few states. I am sure he will win here in Washington. Did you all know that his mom lived on Mercer Island from eighth grade through high school graduation? There is an interesting article about her here