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2010 most popular Kansas baby names: Isabella, Jacob

July 11, 2011


— Classic names were popular for Kansas babies in 2010 with Isabella ranked as the top pick for girls and Jacob for boys.

The Hutchinson News reported Jacob has appeared at the top for 13 of the past 16 years. The newspaper cited the Social Security Administration, which compiles the annual list each summer.

Isabella, however, hasn’t been popular long. For more than 40 years it didn’t rank in the top 1,000 names for newborn babies. It barely made the top 100 list in Kansas as recently as 10 years ago.

A resurgence of classic names has changed that, with 212 Kansas parents bestowing the name Isabella upon their newborns last year. The name also is the most popular name for girls throughout the United States.

Emilie Swonger, of Hutchinson, said she named her daughter Isabella after the Kansas town Isabel in Barber County.

“It’s real small, a dent in the road,” she said of the town. “My grandparents live there. I lived there for a little bit when I was younger. Plus, I like old-fashioned names. I didn’t want something real modern.”

Swonger said her own name has been considered a top one in the past. “Even though it was spelled different, there were eight or nine Emilys” in school, she said.

“It’s kind of weird that my name was No. 1 and her name is No. 1,” she added of the connection between her and her daughter.

Rounding out the top five girls’ names in Kansas were Ava, Sophia, Emma and Olivia. The other top boys’ names were William, Alexander, Ethan and Elijah.


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