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Traditional Names Remain Popular For Infants

By Staff | Jun 3, 2008

What’s in a name? A whole lot when you’re looking for the perfect moniker for your new baby! It’s a daunting task to discover the ideal name because that one name will accompany that little child throughout its life.

In 2007, 96 infants were born in Palo Alto County. Fifty-two of those babies were little girls, while 44 were little boys. This is an overall decrease of four births from those recorded in 2006.

For those born in Palo Alto County during 2007, names ranged from the more traditional to the more creative. In what has become a trend, uncommon names and spellings were abundant, as well.

The most popular name for boys was a tie this year–three boys were named Owen, while three others shared the name of Kale or Cael. Gavin was another favorite with two boys a piece so named.

Traditional and/or Biblical names were on the list for 2007, too, and included: Raymond, Andrew, William, Ryan, Elliott, Ian, Christian, Joshua, Isaac, Malakai, Micah, and Elijah.

Other names included: Wesley, Keegan, Chase, Wyatt, Clint, Brady, Brennen, Drake, Chandler, and Riley.

Somewhat unusual names and/or spellings for little boys were: Sawer, Noe, and Skylar.

There were also many names with a “son” or “sen” ending like: Jaxson, Tyson, Bensen, Mason, and Hudson; a “ton” ending: Ashton and Peyton; and a “den” or “dan” ending such as: Brayden, Aiden, Leydan, and Hayden.

For little girls, there was also a tie between six of the most popular names. Two babies a piece were named Olivia, Addison, Cyra, and Ava–keeping with a trend seen across the United States in 2007. Variations of Kylie and Kiley went to a baby each, and Hannah and Hanna, as well.

More traditional names were favorites among parents, too, and included: Amanda, Natalee, Josie, Angela, Abby, Rosanne, Allison, Lisa, Sheila, Rachel, Emily, and Emma.

Other lovely sounding names were: Isabella, Calista, Scarlett, Claire, Lily, Ruby, Piper, Patience, Sacha, and Jazmyn.

The names of Audrey, Audrianna, and Adriana were seen, as well as Gracie and Graesha. Some girls were named Jenna and Kenna, while others were named Kennedy and Makenzie.

Other names chosen were: Kaylee, Krysa, Austin, Ashton, Jordyn, Hailee, Terah, and Zoey.

The Social Security Administration annually lists the 1,000 most popular boys’ and girls’ name for the previous year on their Web site, www.socialsecurity.gov/pressoffice/pr/baby-names2007-pr.htm.

For 2007, the top five most popular names for boys (from first to fifth most popular) were Ethan, Jacob, Logan, Noah, and Jackson. For girls, Ava, Emma, Addison, Olivia, and Grace topped the list.