Emma Dethrones Emily as Most Popular Girls Name

Emma upsets Emily after 12 years at the top
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2009 11:09 AM CDT
Emma is the new top name among baby girls in the US, Jacob remained king among the boys in 2008, his 10th straight year at the top.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Emma was the most popular baby name for girls in the US last year, knocking Emily out of the top spot after 12 years, the AP reports. Jacob remains the most popular boys name for the 10th straight year. President Obama’s uncommon given name didn’t make it into the top 10, but gained in popularity: Barack moved from 12,535 on the list to 2,409.

For boys, the top 5 names in 2008 were:

  • Jacob
  • Michael
  • Ethan
  • Joshua
  • Daniel
For girls:
  • Emma
  • Isabella
  • Emily
  • Madison
  • Ava