I think I may have just thrown up in my mouth. The two most popular names for baby boys and girls this year were Jacob and Isabella. As in, Jacob and Isabella the two leading characters from “Twilight”. While Jacob may be unrelated to the Stephanie Meyer induced mayhem — it’s been the most popular name for boys in the U.S. for the past 11 years — Isabella made a meteoric rise from the top 1,000 in 1990 to the Top Ten in 2004 and now number one, ousting former front runner Emma into number two. If you’re still not convinced the trend has anything to do with “Twilight,” consider this: Cullen (Pattinson plays vampire Edward Cullen) was the fastest rising name this year, jumping from 782 to 485. I would have gone for Sookie myself, but with Nevaeh coming in at 34 (that’s Heaven spelled backwards), my tastes are clearly behind the rest of the country’s.
Top 10 names for girls (based on the 2009 SSA statistics):
Top 10 names for boys: