What's in a Name?
According to a report from the State Department of Health, Pennsylvania parents in 1998 selected over 18,000 different first names for their children, so there is a lot of variety out there! The most popular girl's name was Emily, followed by Sarah, Samantha, Madison, Hannah, Taylor, Alexis, Ashley, Rachel and Alyssa. For the 22nd straight year, Michael was the favorite name for boys. Other popular boy's names included Michael, Matthew, Jacob, Nicholas, Tyler, Joshua, Ryan, Joseph, John and Zachary. Each of these names (boys and girls) were bestowed on over 1000 Pennsylvania babies.
If you are looking for something a little more unusual, there are many names which were a little less popular, but were still chosen by over 100 parents. Names like Tristan (110), Stephan (295), Lydia (125), Devon (172), Summer (101), Miranda (173) and Garrett (161).
Two baby girls were named Pennsylvania in 1998, according to the statistics of the PA Health Department. Spring, Blessing, Flame, Fancy, Juniper, Journey, Santa, Mystery, Unikque and Spirit were other unusual names chosen by Pennsylvania parents for their baby girls.
Fifteen baby boys were named Jesus, and one baby boy was named God. Other unusual boy names include Check, Papa, Rain, Technique, Pity, Saturn, Rowdy, Church, Robot, Deny and Cage.
The Internet has hundreds of great baby name sites to help you with your search for the perfect name. You can use these sites to sort through names based on sex, number of syllables, meaning, sound, and beginning or ending letters. Other sites provide lists of the names of presidents, soap opera stars, sports heroes and more. Take heart, the perfect name for your baby is just waiting to be discovered.
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