Emily and Jacob are today's names

November 07, 2005|By COX NEWS SERVICE

ATLANTA -- Grandma Mary and Grandpa James, meet Baby Emily and Baby Jacob.

Those are today's top names for newborns. Odds are good that Mom and Dad are Jennifer and Michael.

Mary is the horse-and-buggy of girls' names, dependable for decades, now considered quaint. Along came Lisa, Jennifer, Jessica, Ashley and, most recently, Emily.

John, a solid male favorite from 1890 to 1920, gave way to Robert, James, Michael and, since 2000, Jacob.

Now the nursery's likely to be populated by Madisons and Hannahs, Joshuas and Matthews, according to The Very Best Baby Name Book by Bruce Lansky, who bases his rankings on records of the Social Security Administration.

Or, there's "trendy" Britney, Chanel or Paris (if she's blond, of course) or Bradley, Garrett and Remington.

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