The Social Security Administration has released their list of baby names for last year. Not surprisingly, Barack is becoming a popular name.
Jumping more than 10,000 spots — from number 12,535 in 2007 to 2,409 in 2008 — it’s by no means one of the top titles for tykes. But 2009 could see an even bigger spike, perhaps putting the name in the top 1,000 for next year.
Kinda like when a bunch of baby boomers were named Dwight, after the President and General Eisenhower. But it does change the perception of the name, Barack, when there are a lot more of them running around and lots of people know a child with the name. I used to be unique with the name Maya until Maya Angelou gained a lot of recognition. I had a very brief encounter with her in 1977 when we both remarked how interesting it was to meet another Maya. Now Maya’s are all over the place.
And then there is the growing popularity of Jacoby.
Though Jacob was the top name for boys, its variation, Jacoby, jumped 200 spots to number 423, drawing inspiration, no doubt, from Red Sox rookie centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Perhaps these kids will be stealing bases like number 46 when they start T-ball.
I should also note that for some reason Emma was the top girl’s name with Olivia holding steadyand Miley moving up.