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Top Baby Names 2009: Barack Skyrockets

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The Social Security Administration today announced the top baby names of 2009 publishing the most popular names for which the American parents have voted for. While the name Barack did not make the top 1000 list, it skyrocketed in popularity.

To be more precise top baby names 2009 should be changed to top baby names 2008, since the vote took place in 2008. SSA says in 2008, American parents voted for change in naming their children. After a 12-year reign as the most popular baby name, Emily has slipped to third on the list. Emma is now the nation’s most popular name for girls.

For the boys, the most popular baby name is Jakob. It's holding the top spot already the 10th year in a row. The name female name Khloe has registered the biggest jump in top baby names of 2009 most popularity list. SSA thinks this is undoubtedly related to the popularity of Khloe Kardashian from the show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Khloe with a K increased 469 spots to number 196 in 2008, up from 665 in 2007 and 960 in 2006 (her first year on the list). Also, Chloe with a C is in the Top 10 for the first time ever. Another fast riser is Miley, moving up 152 spots to number 127 for 2008, a rather impressive increase given this is only her second year on the list. On the downside for fans of Miley Cyrus’ fictional character, the name Hannah fell out of the Top 10 and landed down at number 17. Jacoby had the biggest increase for the boys, moving up 200 spots to number 423. Commissioner Michael Astrue, a die-hard Red Sox fan, attributed the rise of Jacoby to the appeal of last year’s star rookie centerfielder, Jacoby Ellsbury.

Many unfamiliar names have debuted on the top baby names 2009's 1,000 list. These names include Isla (623), Mareli (718), Dayami (750), Nylah (821) and Jazlene (831) to name a few for the girls. For the boys: Aaden (No. 343), Chace (655), Marley (764), Kash (779), Kymani (836), Ishaan (851), Jadiel (874) and Urijah (889). Social Security officials expressed hope that parents were not naming their sons Marley after the badly behaved dog who starred in the movie “Marley and Me.” Beckham also made the list for the first time, coming in at number 893 - undoubtedly influenced by the arrival in the United States of British soccer star David Beckham.

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SSA has been publishing most popular baby names since the year 1997. However the agency offers lists of baby names for each year since 1880.

Top 10 list of top baby names 2009 (boy)

1 Jacob
2 Michael
3 Ethan
4 Joshua
5 Daniel
6 Alexander
7 Anthony
8 William
9 Christopher
10 Matthew

Top 10 list of top baby names 2009 (female)

1 Emma
2 Isabella
3 Emily
4 Madison
5 Ava
6 Olivia
7 Sophia
8 Abigail
9 Elizabeth
10 Chloe