Shades of Grey or Twilight in Washington’s most popular names?

The Social Security Administration just recently released its annual list of the most popular baby names for the proceeding year.

In Washington state in 2009, more little boys were named Alexander and more little girls were named Isabella than given in any other name. The show not being what it once was, it’s hardly likely that Grey’s Anatomy‘s Alex and Izzy are immediate influences but could the effect be a lingering one?

Okay, probably not. Isabella is not only Washington’s most popular girl baby name, it’s the country’s, and it’s very much because of that series of vampire stories set in Forks. Jacob, another name from the series, is the most popular boy’s name in the US and the second-most popular in Washington. (Then again, Jacob’s long been a popular name for boys, so it’s not much of a leap for it to hit the top five.)

The top five baby names in Washington for 2009:

Boys:
Alexander
Jacob
Ethan
William
Daniel

Girls:
Isabella
Olivia
Sophia
Emma
Abigail

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