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Top 10 Popular Baby Names in New York State

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So what does the New York State parent think of when naming their baby? In the case of naming baby girls, it looks as if naming is all about glamour. According to the most up to date US Social Security Statistics, Emily, Isabella and Ava ranked in top 3 spots. 

Emily has been an internationally popular name recently, ranking in top 10 in the past few years in such diverse countries as Germany, Norway, Scotland, England, New Zealand, and Canada.  Sported by American and international actresses, writers and singers, the name carries an allure of the entertainment industry.  Isabella topped the charts at number two, experiencing a dramatic climb in popularity in the past decade.  As late as 1996, Isabella did not even make it to the top 100, rising to number 62 in a matter of two years.  What can explain the sudden fascination with the name?  Isabella is associated with royalty, the queen of Castille and Portugal having borne the name. The name has its roots in the Hebrew language, with the popular form used tofay being an Italian version. 

Ava has taken the place of Emma in the top 3 spot, rising from number 25 to the 5th most internationally chosen baby name in 2006.  Although dropping to number 7 in New York this year, the name Emma has enjoyed an incredible span of international popularity.   Capturing the hearts of parents and placing in recent top 10 charts in Australia, Finland, France, Belgium, New Zealand, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Malta, and the Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, and Sweden.  Home to the capital city of the world, New York State has made itself more international than ever before.  With the statistics in, it is fascinating to imagine just how many little Emma’s will be walking around New York and the world in the next few years.

For baby boys, New York parents have chosen the names Michael, Matthew and Joseph over any other name, respectively.  Michael has been a great success in the region for years as the number one given boy’s name in New York State each year since, believe it or not, 1965!  Well known New York Michaels include Brooklyn’s basketball legend Michael Jordan, director and choreographer Michael Bennett, actor Chad Michael Murray, and boxer Mike Tyson (born Michael Gerard Tyson). 

The name Matthew came in at number 2.  Another lasting favorite, Mathew has fluctuated between second and third place for more than two decades.  Joseph ranked in third.  On a national scale, Joseph has been in the top 15 since at least 1906.  All 3 names have their roots in the Hebrew Bible, confirming a tendency toward tradition over fashion.  As far as naming boys goes, New York parents have their mind set on their favorites.

Below are the official 2006 top baby name statistics for New York State:

Boy’s Names

Girl’s Names

1. Michael
2. Matthew
3. Joseph
4. Anthony
5. Christopher
6. Daniel
7. Nicholas
8. Ryan
9. Joshua
10. Alexander

1. Emily
2. Isabella
3. Ava
4. Olivia
5. Sophia
6. Madison
7. Emma
8. Ashley
9. Samantha
10. Sarah


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