Name the baby, win a subscription

James Phillips
Posted 6/4/17

The most popular baby names for 2016 are pretty familiar: Noah for boys and Emma for girls.

The Social Security Administration released its list of 2016’s most popular baby names earlier this year, along with information on which names are …

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Name the baby, win a subscription

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The most popular baby names for 2016 are pretty familiar: Noah for boys and Emma for girls.

The Social Security Administration released its list of 2016’s most popular baby names earlier this year, along with information on which names are becoming more popular and which are falling out of favor.

It’s the fourth consecutive year Noah has claimed the top spot for boys. It’s followed by: Liam, William, Mason, James, Benjamin, Jacob, Michael, Elijah and Ethan.

2016 was the third year for Emma to come in as the most popular baby name for girls. It’s followed by Olivia, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Mia, Charlotte, Abigail, Emily and Harper.

Two names that aren’t enjoying a resurgence? Caitlyn and Donald.

Caitlyn, a year after Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner, saw all spelling versions of the name fall in popularity in 2016. Donald, as in the current President of the United States, fell 45 spots last year to No. 488. That is the lowest mark for the name in the last century. Hillary, the first name of Democratic nominee in 2016, has not been in the top 1,000 since 2009.

Names enjoying the biggest surge in popularity were Kylo (thanks to Star Wars), Creed and Fox for boys and Kehlani, Royalty and Ophelia.

Baby names have been a topic of conversation around our home for several months. I haven’t mentioned it in the newspaper yet, but a new Phillips child is scheduled to arrive late this summer. With sibling names like Stone, Breeze, Daisy and Joy Hallelujah, this new baby can’t come into the world and receive a common name like Steve or Mary. Our children’s names are definitely not on the most popular list. Daisy is consistently in the Top 200 names, while Joy usually falls somewhere in the Top 500. Stone made its way in the Top 1,000 from 2001 to 2009, but Breeze has never found its way in the Top 1,000 names. While attending the East Walker Chamber Banquet in May, an old family friend and current Sumiton City Council member Bill Fowler stopped me and said, “I’ve got a column idea for you.”

Bill followed that up by congratulating Andrea and I on the upcoming bundle of joy, followed by his idea, having a baby naming contest in the paper.

“People have read about your kids for years now. I bet folks would get a kick out of helping y’all come up with another one of those different type names,” Bill said.

Andrea and I thought about Bill’s idea and agreed that it would be fun to see what kind of names our readership could dream up. For the next two weeks, we will accept names via email at james.phillips@mountaineagle.com or via phone at 205-221-2840 (just leave me a voicemail).

At the end of that two-week period, we will select a favorite girl name and boy name with the people who came up with those names receiving a free six-month subscription to the Daily Mountain Eagle. If the winners are already subscribers, they can designate a friend or family member to receive the prize subscription. As a disclaimer, we are not promising to use any of the names submitted, but we are not saying we won’t either.

An ultrasound has shown that we are having a girl, and we sort of have a name picked out, but we haven’t officially announced that name yet so our minds could be changed. Also, I think it would be good to get some boy names because sometimes the ultrasound can be completely wrong. Have fun with your name choices.

This is our fifth child, so play off the number or stay with the hippy, nature theme like our other children. Better yet, come up with something completely crazy, maybe even a made up word or a symbol.

James Phillips is editor and publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He may be reached at 205-221-2840 or james.phillips@mountaineagle.com.