2008 Baby Names of the Year

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Baby-naming gurus Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, book authors and creators of the baby name site nameberry, have come up with a list of the Baby Names of the Year -- the names that gained attention and drew our interest in 2008.

What put these names in the spotlight? The election, of course, but also pop culture and the country's economic state.

Here are the 10 names on their list.

2008 Baby Names of the Year

Barack -- Thank you, Mr. President. Barack is exactly the kind of singular, ethnic, family name that the next generation of parents is bound to celebrate.

Miley -- Over 2,000 baby girls were name Miley (as in Cyrus), Mylee, or Mylie in the last year counted, and boy cousins Milo and Miles  are also climbing the charts.

Joe -- Joe -- the Plumber, Six-Pack, and Biden -- was 2008's Everyman name choice and has been among the top 15 boys names since the Social Security Administration started keeping records in 1880.

Ruby -- A name currently popular with hip mamas and cool dads -- other hipster favorites are Oscar, Matilda, Rufus, and Sadie.

Edward -- A nod to the vampire hero of Stephenie Myers' Twilight series.

Trig -- Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is a maverick baby-namer -- infant son Trig's name is Norse for "strength" and middle name Paxson is an Alaska place name.

January -- As Betty Draper, the heroine of TV's "Mad Men," actress January Jones introduced her own thoroughly modern name that manages to straddle the old and the new.

Bronx -- The Crazy Starbaby of the Year Award goes to Bronx Mowgli, newborn son of rockers Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz.

Sasha -- Everyone's making a fuss over the name of older Obama daughter Malia, but we think Sasha is more worthy. In the Second First Daughter's case, Sasha is short for Natasha. It was spelled Sascha by Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld, who used it for their daughter.

Cash -- The economy's tanked, so where should we turn but to Cash, the baby name choice of almost a thousand parents last year.

For the more detailed list from Satran and Rosenkrantz and for fabulous baby name inspiration in general (browse  names by popularity, style, meaning, and more) -- go to nameberry

For local ideas, scout out Baby Name Central (it's a private group, so you'll need to join) or Baby Name Polls and Opinions.

What do you think of this list? See any names you like? Or don't?

 

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