Top 10 Baby Names of 2008

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Before you and your hub decide on a name for your new baby, consult this list.

So you want Robert and he wants Asher. Or you want Daffodil and he wants Jane. No matter what your scale you're using (traditional or trendy? family-based or original?) naming your baby is one weighty matter you don't want to compromise on. Naming your child is not like agreeing to turkey because he's cutting back on red meat, or watching baseball because the Real Housewives will be on again tomorrow. You should both be comfortable with the moniker you choose for your baby, and you only get to pick one first name. Another naming conundrum: Is it OK to be called "Mrs. (Husband's Name)"?

On Friday, the Social Security Administration released the list of most popular baby names in the US for 2008. A few classic standards still top the list, but newer favorites such as Barack and Miley also moved up in popularity rank. For the tenth year in a row, Jacob held claim to the number one spot for baby boy names. For baby girls, long-time first-place holder of 12 years, Emily, was replaced by Emma. Here are the top names for boys and girls.

Boys:
1. Jacob
2. Michael
3. Ethan
4. Joshua
5. Daniel

Girls:
1. Emma
2. Isabella
3. Emily
4. Madison
5. Ava

See the complete list here.

Are you and your partner arguing about baby names? How did you come to an agreement? Let us know in the comments.

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