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MeritCares 2007 Most Popular Baby Names

The names chosen most by parents of girls born at MeritCare Hospital in 2007 were Ava and Olivia, according to BassiNet, MeritCare's online newborn photo database. Both names have been in the top five names for the last several years. Ava was the second most popular name in 2006 and the most popular name 2005. Olivia was the third most popular name in 2006. Last year's most popular name, Grace, did not make this year's top five.

The names chosen most by parents of girls born at MeritCare Hospital in 2007 were Ava and Olivia, according to BassiNet, MeritCare's online newborn photo database. Both names have been in the top five names for the last several years. Ava was the second most popular name in 2006 and the most popular name 2005. Olivia was the third most popular name in 2006. Last year's most popular name, Grace, did not make this year's top five.

The name chosen most by parents of boys born at MeritCare Hospital in 2007 was Jacob, which came in third in 2006. Jack landed second in 2007 and was the most popular name for the previous two years.

Of the more than 2,350 babies born at MeritCare Hospital in 2007, the top five names for boys and girls were:

Girls:
1. Ava & Olivia (tied)
2. Brooklyn
3. Madison
4. Chloe

Boys:
1. Jacob
2. Jack
3. Logan
4. Ethan
5. Parker

Nationally, the top baby names for 2007 were Sophie and Aiden.

Names are selected for many reasons: family name; Biblical name; favorite star of the stage or screen (large or small); or because it's currently the most popular name.

For more information, visit the MeritCare BassiNet at http://www.meritcare.com/specialties/birthcenter/BassiNet/.