For Immediate Release
Kristi Pankratz, 785-296-5795
Addison and Aiden were the most popular names given to newborns by Kansas parents in 2009. For the fourth consecutive year, the top names for girls and for boys are uni-gender.
Emma, Isabella, Chloe and Kaylee join Addison in the top five most popular girls’ names. Abigail and Chloe are the only new girls’ names in the top 10. New names in the top 25 were Lillian, which entered the top 25 for the first time, Allison and Avery. Kaylee is the girl’s name with the most spelling variations (46).
Aiden occupies the top spot on the boy’s list for the sixth year running. Jackson, Kaden, Brayden and Ethan round out the top five. Kaden was the boy’s name with the most spelling variations (31), and in 2009, parents preferred Kaden spelled with a “K.” The trend continues for Celtic (or Celtic-sounding) names such as Aiden, Brayden, Gavin, Jayden, Kaden and Logan; and for biblical names such as Benjamin, Caleb, Elijah, Ethan, Gabriel, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Joshua, Michael, Noah and Samuel. Noah was the only new boy’s name in the top 10. Of the five new names that entered the top 25, Elijah was the only first-timer.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Public Health Informatics prepared this information. The lists are derived from birth certificate information that the Bureau’s Office of Vital Statistics keeps on file. The list contains names with the same pronunciation, but different spellings, to give a more accurate view of name popularity.
Popular baby names are one of the more regularly requested items produced by the Bureau’s Office of Health Assessment. While the list reflects popular culture and names frequently used in the media, other information from birth certificates and other vital records stored with the Bureau’s Office of Vital Statistics is used to gauge health trends in the state.
The popular baby names list and a compilation of data from vital records, the Annual Summary of Vital Statistics, are available on the KDHE Web site at: http://www.kdheks.gov/phi/. Basic customized statistics can be found at the KIC (Kansas Information for Communities) website http://kic.kdhe.state.ks.us/kic/index2.html. The Office of Health Assessment also prepares special data analyses on a fee-for-service basis.
Note to reporters/editors: The list of most popular baby names is attached.