100 Most Popular Baby Names of 2008

So this is weird. Mister Lawyer and I are at the exact same number of popularity this year. How odd is that?

I like a lot of these names. But I dislike quite a few as well. And there are a couple I loathe. Yes, loathe, you read that right. Come on people, spelling something (Nevaeh, for example at #97) backward does not make it a cool name; it’s lame. And worse, it’s lame and difficult to pronounce: a winning combination if there ever was one.

And I’ll never understand using the name of a celebrity, or at least one that is less than a true legend. #8 Addison. #40 Keira. #60 Aaliyah. I cannot fathom how a mere character in an evening drama has skyrocketed to number 8 over the last few years…it’s nothing short of bizarre to me. But it’s not my kid to name, is it? Regardless, this one takes the cake:

A new father has secretly named his baby girl Sarah McCain Palin after the Republican ticket for president and vice president.

That said, there are so many lovely names on there – I love that people are dredging up classic names from the past and giving them another go round, especially for girls. Ava. Lila. Abigail. Evelyn. Grace. Ella. Lillian. I adore Tristan. Julian. Thomas.

Of course they had plenty of hideous trendy names a hundred years ago too, so hopefully they will just stay put in the cobwebs of history.

So anyway – here’s the 2008 list, for your reading pleasure:

Girls Names Boys Names
1 Emma Aiden
2 Sophia Jayden
3 Madison Ethan
4 Isabella Jacob
5 Olivia Caden
6 Ava Jackson
7 Madeline Noah
8 Addison Jack
9 Hailey Logan
10 Lily Matthew
11 Kaitlyn Nicholas
12 Chloe Ryan
13 Abigail Brayden
14 Emily Michael
15 Riley Gavin
16 Mia Dylan
17 Ella Lucas
18 Hannah Caleb
19 Kaylee Andrew
20 Sarah Connor
21 Alyssa Alexander
22 Makayla Joshua
23 Mackenzie Tyler
24 Layla Nathan
25 Grace Daniel
26 Kylie Mason
27 Zoe Evan
28 Samantha Zachary
29 Natalie William
30 Peyton Landon
31 Elizabeth Benjamin
32 Anna James
33 Avery Cameron
34 Taylor Luke
35 Isabelle Gabriel
36 Lauren Anthony
37 Alexis Joseph
38 Brianna Owen
39 Sydney Elijah
40 Keira Christopher
41 Aubrey Christian
42 Arianna Liam
43 Sophie Samuel
44 Allison John
45 Gabriella Brody
46 Kayla Carter
47 Lillian David
48 Savannah Hunter
49 Audrey Isaac
50 Brooklyn Austin
51 Claire Sean
52 Katherine Chase
53 Julia Tristan
54 Jordan Wyatt
55 Bailey Jonathan
56 Kaelyn Alex
57 Brooke Thomas
58 Morgan Colin
59 Camryn Jordan
60 Aaliyah Cole
61 Victoria Max
62 Maya Cooper
63 Leah Dominic
64 Abby Hayden
65 Kate Brady
66 Jasmine Brandon
67 Amelia Carson
68 Charlotte Isaiah
69 Megan Jake
70 Reagan Aaron
71 Cadence Ian
72 Carly Nathaniel
73 Lila Adam
74 Lucy Riley
75 Jayden Justin
76 Maria Parker
77 Kennedy Colton
78 Molly Jason
79 Sadie Julian
80 Callie Devin
81 Paige Blake
82 Alexandra Xavier
83 Ashley Sebastian
84 Caroline Henry
85 Gracie Eli
86 Mckenna Charlie
87 Gianna Oliver
88 Rachel Robert
89 Ellie Adrian
90 Ashlyn Nolan
91 Katie Peyton
92 Liliana Kyle
93 Jocelyn Grayson
94 Gabrielle Miles
95 Adriana Bryce
96 Rebecca Eric
97 Nevaeh Will
98 Jada Josiah
99 Jenna Micah
100 Evelyn Steven

Name information from Babycenter.com.

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