Company: Aiden, Madeline 2009's top names

Dec. 15, 2009 at 4:38 PM
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TORONTO, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A Canadian company specializing in personalized children's music CD's said Aiden and Madeline were the most popular names of the year.

Officials with Name Your Tune, of Toronto, Ontario, said an analysis of personalized CDs ordered from North American locations during the past year revealed Aiden to be the most popular boy's name of the year, while Madeline was the top name for girls.

"We've seen more spelling variations of both of this year's top names than we imagined possible - Aidan has also been Ayden, Aidyn, Aden, and Aaden and Madeline can be spelled Madeleine, Maddelin, and Madalen," said Candace Alper, creator of Name Your Tune. "Parents like the sound of traditional names, but they also want to show the individuality of their children. Parents realize that the name they give their child will become part of the child's identity."

Meanwhile, the company said Jacob was the overall most popular boy's name submitted to the company between 2000 and 2009, followed by Michael and Ethan. The most popular girl's names of the last decade were Emma, Madison and Emily.

Alper said she has some theories regarding the popular names of tomorrow.

"My prediction for next decade is we'll see more Edwards and a lot more Bellas being born due to the success of the 'Twilight' franchise," she said.

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