11:40 am Aug. 29, 2012
Last year, parents gave birth to 600 Isabellas and more than 800 Jaydens in New York City, making those names, for the third year in a row, New York City's most popular baby names.
The runners-up for girls: Sophia, Olivia, Emma, Mia, Emily, Madison, Leah, Chloe and Sofia.
For boys: Jacob, Ethan, Daniel, Michael, Matthew, Justin, David, Aiden and Alexander.
According to the Bloomberg administration:
Nine of the top 10 girls’ names for 2011 were holdovers from 2010, with Sarah dipping to number 11 and Sofia joining the list, up from 16 to number 10. Among boys, “A” names gained traction with Alexander back in the top 10 after getting bumped off two years ago and Aiden reemerged in spot 9 after years of dwindling popularity. Michael and Matthew also jumped up two spots to positions 5 and 6, respectively, while Joseph and Joshua slid to spots 13 and 14.
There were some variations by ethnicity.
For Hispanic babies, Isabella and Jayden were the two most popular names for girls and boys.
For black babies, it was Madison and, again, Jayden.
For white babies, it was Esther and Michael.
And for Asian and Pacific-Islander babies, it was Sophia and Ethan.
On a related note, Brooklyn was the most fertile borough, producing 41,303 of New York's 123,029 babies last year, followed, in order of fecundity, by Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island.
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