Baby Name Lists: Helpful or Annoying?


Jacob, Mason, William, Sophia, Isabella, Emma… ring a bell?

Are any of those your children’s names?

If so, then consider yourself cool.

And by cool, I mean uninspired.

Okay, perhaps, that’s a bit harsh, but that’s how I see it.

I’m the type to roll my eyes when popular baby name lists flood my email inbox.

I am equally underwhelmed when I observe parents going gaga when they see their kid’s moniker featured on the Top 10.

Whereas I realize that naming a newborn is among the most critical decisions in any parent’s life, I’m not convinced that moms and dads pour over baby name lists issued by the U.S. government before deciding whether or not their offspring looks more like an Ethan than an Aiden.

If I am wrong, and you’re into seeing what other folks are naming their kids these days, this latest list of Top 100 popular children’s names released by the Social Security Administration may be a gift from the heavens.

Here it is.

For those of you who don’t want to click over, here are the Top 10 names for boys and girls:


1. Jacob

2. Mason

3. William

4. Jayden

5. Noah

6. Michael

7. Ethan

8. Alexander

9. Aiden

10. Daniel


1. Sophia

2. Isabella

3. Emma

4. Olivia

5. Ava

6. Emily

7. Abigail

8. Madison

9. Mia

10. Chloe

I find these lists somewhat annoying. After all, are you really going to resist naming your kid Sophia because it’s too popular, even if you absolutely adore the moniker and had it picked out for your first daughter ever since you were in the fifth grade?

What drives me even battier is when a parent chooses a popular name for her child, but mutilates the spelling of it, so it appears as though it is unique or trendy.

Trust me; spelling “Aiden,” A-e-y-d-y-n or “Madison,” M-a-d-d-y-s-y-n or “Sophia,” S-e-w-f-e-e-y-a-h is not hip. It’s confusing.

Just ask your child in a few years… or your kid’s teacher, now.

How much stock do you put into popular baby name lists?

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.