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Mayor unveils most popular baby names in New York City


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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Jayden is the new Michael in New York City.

For the fourth consecutive year, Jayden topped the list of the most popular boys’ names in New York City. The top girls’ name in the city in 2011 was Isabella for the third straight year.

Michael, the most popular name in the city between 1980 and 2006, ended up fifth on the list.

Isabella Pal and Jayden Alexander Marthone, both born in the city last year, flanked Mayor Michael Bloomberg during the announcement this morning and took home some gifts: a “Made in NY” T-shirt and a New York City bib.

“A baby born in New York City has a life expectancy 2.5 years longer than the national average, in no small part due to our bold public health initiatives,” said Bloomberg. “This means we can expect to see many of the very popularly named Isabellas and Jaydens – like these two little ones with us today – more than 80 years from now.”

Among the top 10 girls’ names, nine repeated from 2010, while eight were the same among boys, though in a slightly altered order.  Aiden and Alexander joined the boys’ top 10 and the girls’ added Sofia — a variation of the number two girls’ name Sophia.

The number of babies born in New York City dipped slightly from 2010 to 2011, down 1.4 percent from 124,791 to 123,029 (62,808 boys and 60,221 girls), according to the mayor’s office.

The rest of the boys’ top 10 included: Jacob, Ethan, Daniel, Michael, Matthew, Justin, David, Aiden and Alexander.  The girls’ list was rounded out with: Sophia, Olivia, Emma, Mia, Emily, Madison, Leah, Chloe and Sofia.