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Meet the king and queen of the crib

September 19, 2011
By Ramiro Sifuentes , Marshall Independent

Social Security manager in Marshall

An employee at your Marshall SSA office recently had a baby. I'm happy to tell you the mother and baby Evelyn are doing well. Not a top 10 name, but a pretty name indeed. I believe this past spring, Social Security announced the top 10 baby names for boys and girls in 2010. And the winners were Jacob and Isabella. With my co-worker having a baby, I thought this would be a great time to let you know how other names faired in 2010. As you know, Jacob and Isabella are king and queen of the crib. This is the 12th year in a row on our list for Jacob and the second for Isabella. We have a new number two for girls: welcome Sophia. The only new name to crawl into the top 10 on either list this year is Aiden, which replaces Joshua on the boys' side.

Here is the entire top 10 for boys and girls:

Boys: Jacob, Ethan, Michael, Jayden, William, Alexander, Noah, Daniel, Aiden, Anthony

Girls: Isabella, Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Ava, Emily, Abigail, Madison, Chloe, Mia

This year, the two biggest jumps in popularity in the Top 500 are related: Maci and Bentley. Maci Bookout and her infant son, Bentley, were prominently featured on the show "Teen Mom" and its predecessor, "16 and Pregnant." The "Twilight" novels and movies continue to inspire baby names. The second fastest riser on the boys' list is Kellan, the name of actor Kellan Lutz, best known for playing Emmett Cullen in the "Twilight" series. Coming in third is Knox, one of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's toddler twins. On the girls' side, Tiana, the name of the main character in the Disney movie, "The Princess and the Frog" and Disney's first African-American princess, is one of the biggest chart hoppers. I still find it strange that the name Ramiro isn't moving up the popularity chart. Oh well. Learn more at

And for any parents who named their kids Jacob or Isabella this year, congratulations: your kids are already the most popular kids in America!



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