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Popular Baby Name Trends for 2009

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Names like Aidan, Ethan, Noah and Caden topped the popular baby name charts last year, along with Ava, Isabella, Madeline, and Emma. But what will be the popular baby name trends for 2009? If trends and track records hold true, here are a few baby names we predict will top the charts this year.

Celebrity Baby Name Trends

Celebrities are known for their trend-setting abilities, so it’s no surprise that these shining stars try and start a trend of their own with the most unique names for their offspring.  We predict these A-listers will start some popular name trends for 2009.

Take a look at 2008 celebrity baby names such as Jessica Alba’s daughter Honor Marie, Ashley Simpson’s son Bronx Mowgli, Nicole Richie’s daughter Harlow Winter Kate,  and Gwen Stephani’s son Zuma Nesta Rock for example. If January celebrity baby births are any indication, the trend shows no sign of letting up for 2009. Let's not forget the influence of popular movies. With the success of the popular teen vampire movie Twilight, names like Bella and Edward are sure to climb the charts.

Jennifer Garner gave birth to daughter Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck on January 6th. Man vs. Wild host Bear Grylls’ son Huckleberry Edward Jocelyne Grylls made his debut into the world January 15th. It's a girl for Chris Gorham of Ugly Betty, blessed with daughter Alondra Cecelia Lopez Gorham on January 10th. And, Carnie Wilson reveals just half way through her pregnancy that she plans on naming the baby Luciana, but calling her Lucy. Looks like unique celebrity baby names are here to stay.

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Proper Endings: Baby Names that end in “N”

For boys, parents seem to show favoritism for names that end in the letter “n,” while for girls names that end in the letter “a” are still in style. Names like Landon, Benjamin, Jackson, and Gavin may gain momentum for boys and Sophia, Ella,  Amelia,  and Hanna(h) for girls may be top picks for parents in 2009.  

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Political Baby Names

With the continuing war, perhaps names that mean "peace" such as An (Chinese), Chamomile (American), Frida  (German), Irene (Greek), or Pax (Latin) for girls, or Noah (Hebrew), Geoffrey (English), or Yasuo (Japanese) for boys will make their way onto the top 2009 list of names.

The change in Presidency could bring a few new baby names to the popularity pool. President Barack Obama takes pride in his two daughters Malia  (calm and peaceful) and Sasha  (nickname form of Alexander, which means defender of mankind), each of which may find themselves with many namesakes in 2009. Or, perhaps we will see the name Barack (flash of lightning) itself burst onto the popular baby name scene for future American presidents.

Read more about Presidential Baby Names here.

History Repeats Itself

If we learn anything from history, it is that it’s likely to repeat itself. Last year’s popular surnames can be a crystal ball into this year’s trends, so time-honored names like Abigail and Olivia, Jacob and Connor that are still holding strong on the charts are likely to have a repeat performance in 2009.

Baby names from the United Kingdom show no signs of backing down in 2009, with Irish, English, and Welsh boy names such as LiamBraden,  Benjamin, Owen,and Tristan  for boys and MadelineOlivia, and Lily showing strong popularity in the previous year. Keep on the lookout for names from the same region, such as Riley, Evan, Ian, and Brody for boys and Keira or Brianna for girls.

Find out the top 5 popular American baby girl names and baby boy names from each state here.

Read more about Foreign Baby Names here.

Baby names from the bible will continue to make their upward ascent with names like Ethan,  Noah, Caleb, Jacob, and Gabriel, so names such as Zachary, Isaiah,  and Jonah,  or Elizabeth, Leah, and Eva are sure to follow suit.

Read More: What’s Old is New: 150 Old Fashioned but Trendy Baby Names

In 2009, it seems that the era of “original” names will come to an end, with the exception of celebs, while biblical and traditional names will continue to grow in popularity. It will be interesting to see what new baby names 2009 brings, but until then, we’ll just have to wait!

What names do you predict will be popular in 2009? Comment below!

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written by Kensie, August 07, 2009
I really like Houston Cole for my son.

expecting twins!
written by kamden rayne, November 14, 2009
i like names that follow a trend ... growing up everyone in my family had a name that started with the letter "k" (including my parents!) i don't want to do that, but i want my kids names to follow a similar trend .. my son right now is harrison.. so if i have boys i'm thinking jackson and jameson, and if i have girls brennan and kieran .. suggestions?
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written by ..., November 21, 2009
Okay, this is what I'm thinking for a boy, Landon James or Jensen Maximillion. For a girl, Dani Camille or Dani Cameron
written by ..., November 21, 2009
or... Dani Falon


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