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Emma, Jacob Are Top Baby Names in U.S.

Emily no longer favorite name for baby girl

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    Emma, Jacob Are Top Baby Names in U.S.
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    Emma and Jacob are America's favorite baby names, according to a new report.

    Move over Emily -- America has a new favorite name for a baby girl.

    Emma topped the list for favorite girl's name this year, ending Emily's 12-year reign, according to newly released government data. Jacob held on to its No. 1 spot on the boys' list for the 10th year in a row.

    The annual rankings, compiled by the Social Security Administration, saw several newcomers this year: Alexander took the No. 6 spot on the boys' list and Chloe came in at No. 10 on the girls' list.

    The U.S. had more than 4.2 million births in 2008, according to the agency.

    Emma, which came in third last year and has finished in the top-five for the past seven years, is based on the German word "ermen," which can mean "strong" or "complete." Jacob is a Biblical name referring to the son of Isaac.

    The top ten names for baby girls in 2008:

    1. Emma

    2. Isabella

    3. Emily

    4. Madison

    5. Ava

    6. Olivia

    7. Sophia

    8. Abigail

    9. Elizabeth

    10. Chloe

    The top ten names for baby boys:

    1. Jacob

    2. Michael

    3. Ethan

    4. Joshua

    5. Daniel

    6. Alexander

    7. Anthony

    8. William

    9. Christopher

    10. Matthew

    The annual lists for most popular names dates back to 1880. Earlier rankings can be viewed at the Social Security Administration's Web site.