Sunday, February 13, 2011

Top Ten.

Does your child have a popular name?  According to the Saskatoon Star Phoenix the ten most popular baby boy's names in 2010 in Saskatchewan, in order, where Liam, Ethan, Jacob, Carter, Noah, Alexander. Logan, Owen, Lucas, and Hayden.  For girls they were Emma, Ava, Olivia, Sophia, Brooklyn, Ella, Sophie, Abigail, Chloe, and Avery.  It would be interesting to know what drives name popularity.  For example you might think that Jacob is popular due to the character from the popular Twilight book and movie series, yet Edward and Bella, also characters in the series, aren't in the top ten.  We also see evidence of a continuing trend, the femalisation of male names, with Avery being one of the top ten names for girls, although traditionally it has been a male name.   It would also be interesting to know how many kids are being given these names but with altered spellings, as in past years discussion of baby name trends has indicated many people give their children names without checking out how they're actually spelled, or alter the spelling to make it more "special."(If you're thinking about the latter, don't.  Your child is special because of who they'll be, not because of their name.)

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