Annmarie Fertoli is an Associate Producer at WNYC, working with the afternoon news team to produce All Things Considered.
Isabella, Jayden Top List of City's Most Popular Baby Names
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The latest survey of the city's most popular baby names found many of last year's top picks stayed in the top ten, including Isabella and Sophia for girls and Jayden and Daniel for boys.
Camilla Addison, with the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Weill Medical Center says the hospital's list matches up pretty closely with the city's health department findings for 2009. She also noticed an interesting trend among the more than 5,000 babies delivered there last year.
"Names such as Aidan and Jayden are being used for both boys and girls," Addison said.
The city's health department found some variations in the top ten across ethnic groups, but there was also some overlap. Madison was a favorite among black parents, while Sophia won over Asian families. For boys, Ryan was favored among Asians and Michael among whites.
The survey also found that pop cultural and religious influences play a major role in the names parents choose for their children.