August 26, 2009

‘Barack’ not catching on as a baby name

The females of the first family made the list of the 1,000 most popular baby names, says a new report, but the president did not.

Michelle, the first lady's name, and those of her daughters, Sasha and Malia, appeared on the list released Wednesday by the Social Security Administration, The New York Times reports.

Sasha, at 353rd, hasn't changed much in rank in the past few years. Malia jumped to 345th most popular baby name last year from 400th in 2007, while Michelle dropped from 94th to 103rd.

Other names proved popular because of their association with celebrities. Hillary jumped to 715 from 961 during the last presidential campaign. Jayden skipped from 75 to 11 after Britney Spears used it.

The top girls name is Emma, which has ranked in the single digits since 2002, as it did in the late 19th century when these rankings started. It displaced Emily for first place.

Jacob, which replaced Michael as No. 1 in 1998 and has stayed there, is the only name to be given to 1 percent or more of the babies born in 2008.