America's most popular names of 2008
Just released from the Social Security Administration:
The big story is the shakeup on the girl's list, where Emily had been #1 since 1996.
Lots more info and analysis to come, check back often!
EDIT: A note on Emma's "rise" to the #1 spot. In 2007, Emma was the #3 name. In 2008, enough Emmas were born to make Emma...#3 in 2007. In other words, it wasn't so much that Emma rose, but rather Emily (and to a lesser extent Isabella) fell. The overwhelming trend of this generation continues to be the flattening of the curve, with the top names representing a smaller and smaller slice of babies every year.