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May052011

Top Baby Names: Elvis Drops Off, Jacob and Isabella Remain At Top

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Jacob and Isabella remained at the top of the list of the 1,000 most popular baby names in 2010, while Elvis dropped off for the first time since 1955, according to the Social Security Administration.

The name Jacob first topped the list 12 years ago and has remained there ever since. Nearly 22,000 boys were named Jacob last year, followed by Ethan, Michael, Jayden and William.

Meanwhile, almost 23,000 baby girls kept Isabella at the top slot last year. It is currently being followed by Sophia, Emma, Olivia and Ava.

Baby-naming experts said Americans have conflicting views towards baby names. Many gravitate toward ones that are more popular, suggesting that they want their child to fit in with their peers, but they also look for names that are unique to differentiate them with their classmates.

While many have turned to the Bible for inspiration, parents are increasingly looking to television, and more markedly reality programs, to name their kids. The fastest rising baby names this year, Maci for girls and Bentley for boys, came from the mother-son duo from the popular shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom.

Baby names are getting more diverse, according to Laura Wattenburg, author of The Baby Name Wizard. Thirty years ago one third of all babies had names that are on the top 20 of the list. Last year, only 14 percent of babies born had names in the top spots.

The Social Security Administration began providing a list of the top names in 1880, when the top names were John and Mary. The list includes the most popular names in each state and typically draws millions of visitors to the site.

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