Aiden, Braden, Kaden not fadin’
Aiden, Braden and Kaden continue to dominate the top three spots on BabyNames.com members’ top-rated name lists for baby boys, compiled each year from the tens of millions of visitors to the popular Web site. Jaden, also popular enough to make it into the top 10 list, dropped from No. 4 in 2006 to No. 7 in 2007, while Hayden has dropped from the top 20 most popular boys names.
“People now perceive Hayden as more of a girls’ name — most likely due to the popularity of actress Hayden Panettiere from the TV show ‘Heroes’,” says Jennifer Moss, BabyNames.com founder and CEO.
Moss also points out the sudden disappearance of the name Madison from the top 20 girls’ names. “For the first time in six years Madison is not topping the girls chart,” notes Moss, who says the name has been replaced with the sound-a-like name Madeline.
Moss notes that parents are starting to avoid choosing names that are too popular. “Because of the desire to choose more unique names,” says Moss, “the popularity trends are changing faster than they have in previous years.”
Some parents who are at a loss for that perfect name are turning to name consultants for help. Moss approximates about 3,500 parents have used the BabyNames.com name consulting service to help them name their baby.
BabyNames.com’s top 20 baby names for 2007 include:
Top girls’ names — 1. Ava, 2. Abigail, 3. Cailyn, 4. Madeline, 5. Isabella, 6. Emma, 7. Caitlyn, 8. Olivia, 9. Chloe, 10. Brianna, 11. Hannah, 12. Lily, 13. Sophia, 14. Kaylee, 15. Haley, 16. Ella, 17. Adrianna, 18. Isabelle,19. Arianna and 20. Grace;
Top boys’ names: 1. Aiden, 2. Braden, 3. Kaden, 4. Ethan, 5. Caleb, 6. Noah, 7. Jaden, 8. Connor, 9. Landon, 10. Jacob, 11. Jackson, 12. Elijah, 13. Gavin, 14. Dylan, 15. Alexander, 16. Aaron, 17. Gabriel, 18. Tristan, 19. Benjamin and 20. Lucas.
(Name statistics include alternate spellings of the same name.)
Published in The Messenger on 12.12.07