Wouldn’t it be ironic if, maybe 20 years from now, Bradley and Jennifer, John and Jacqueline, Kevin and Kyra, Charles and Diana, Elizabeth and Richard, Rhett and Scarlett, and Barbara and Kenneth got together?
Or what about Alexander and Alexandra, Christopher and Christina, Jaden and Jayden, Joseph and Josephine, Kyel and Kylie, Nicholas and Nicole, Oliver and Olivia, Petyon and Peyton, Riley and Rylee and Samual and Samantha?
It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds, since all “couples” were names given to babies born in 2009 in the birth centers at Ministry Health Care hospitals.
Matches made in heaven notwithstanding, however, the most popular baby names (in order) for boys were Aiden/Aidan/Ayden/Aydyn, Connor/Conner, Lucas/Lukas/Luke and Jacob/Jakob/Jake. For girls, they were (in order) Madalyn (with eight different spellings), Isabell/Isabella/Isabelle, Haley/Haylee/Haylea/Halie and Allison/Alisson/Alysson.
The names Isabelle and Aiden also were among the top five names chosen in 2008.
Names with Christian religions remained as popular as ever. Last year, they included Genesis, Noah, Matthew, Joshua, Jeremiah, James, Adam, Elijah, Isaac, Isaiah and Jacob. And yes, there also was a Christian and even a Godric and Eden. These babies may not have been born during the holidays, but there were Nicholas, Angel, Gabriel, Jesus, Mary and Joseph. And don’t forget Faith, Hope, Harmony, Grace and Patience.
Environmentally friendly children were Breeze, Brooke, Rain, Daisy, Iris, River, Autumn, Ivie, Jasmine, Lily, Violet, Zinnia, Canyon and Talon.
And if you’re wondering where to go on vacation, “Rumor” has it that Boston, Colby, Dakota, Phoenix, Brooklyn, Fatima, Madison or Sydney might be nice.
One wonders if Justice ends up on the Supreme Court, Brewer opens a tavern, Hunter and Gunner join Whitetails Unlimited, Alexander is great, Tanner, Taylor and Levi run a clothing store, Sterling, Krystal and Ruby sell jewelry, Chase works as a bounty hunter, Stryder goes out for track and field, and Piper starts a plumbing business. And, will Carter, Reagan, Jackson, Lincoln, Nixon, Wilson and Kennedy enter politics?
Last but not least, of the 1,645 boys and 1,517 girls born, some of the more unique names included Little Agape, Citali, Keano, Siraelyn, Bodachious, Niinimosheah, Dash, Anchaleeya, Betzaida, Monserrat, Xiomara, Ilyaas, Raddly, Adah, Xiomarah and Zenin.
Ministry Health Care hospitals represented were Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield; Saint Michael’s Hospital, Stevens Point; Saint Clare’s Hospital, Weston; Sacred Heart-Saint Mary’s Hospitals, Rhinelander/Tomahawk; and Howard Young Medical Center, Woodruff.
MOST POPULAR BABY NAMES BY HOSPITAL
Saint Joseph’s Hospital: 574 Males, 494 Females
Saint Clare’s Hospital: 407 Males, 356 Females
Saint Michael’s Hospital: 301 Males; 307 Females