Forget Paris: Baby Names Go Traditional in Glum '08

Except, of course, for crazy celebs
By Victoria Floethe,  Newser User
Posted Dec 7, 2008 12:00 PM CST
Do these two nice people, Gavin Rossdale and wife Gwen Stefani, look capable of naming an innocent child Zuma Nesta Rock? In a word: yes.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
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(Newser) – With doom and gloom dominating this year's headlines, new parents scratched Paris like a rotten Apple from the baby-name book in favor of more traditional monikers for their bundles of joy, Reuters reports. Individuality and moxie were shoved aside as classics like Jacob and Emma re-took the top of the list, according to a US survey, and political names such as Jackson and Madison saw a resurgence.

"I think it is nostalgia. We want to hold onto our past and keep our memories going and feel comforted," says one mom who dubbed her son Joshua. But celebs, a la Jungle Book nuts Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz (hello, Bronx Mowgli), need not apply. "They're creative and like being one of a kind and are less concerned about setting their kids up for success as they are financially secure," says the editor of