Isabella, Jacob Top Baby Name Lists

But it's not necessarily because of Stephenie Meyer's books
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2010 12:42 PM CDT
In this film publicity image released by Summit Entertainment, Kristen Stewart, left, and Taylor Lautner are shown in a scene from, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."   (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Kimberley French)

(Newser) – Has Twilight officially taken over the world? Maybe so, considering “Isabella” and “Jacob” are now the most popular names in America for newborn girls and boys, respectively. For those of you who don’t live and breathe the popular vampire franchise, Bella and Jacob are the names of two main characters—but don’t blame author Stephenie Meyer completely. Jacob has been No. 1 for 11 years now, and Isabella has been on the rise since 2005, NPR reports.

In girls’ names, Isabella is followed by last year’s No. 1, Emma. Olivia, Sophia, and Ava round out the top five. Following Jacob on the boys’ list are Ethan, Michael, Alexander, and William. For all you Twihards wondering where the name Edward ranks on the list: Sorry, but it doesn’t show up until the No. 137 spot. To view the rest of the top 10 for each gender, click here.

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