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Posted: Monday, December 22, 2008 5:16 pm | Updated: 11:26 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Arizona parents are apparently far more willing to get creative in naming their newborn daughters than their sons.

The latest list from the Arizona Department of Health Services shows that Isabella was the most popular name for girls born this year in the state.

Five years ago, it was only No. 8 on the list. And a decade earlier it didn't even crack the Top 20.

Conversely, Emily, the top choice of parents in 2003, slipped to No. 4, beaten by Sophia and Emma.

But parents have been pretty much naming their baby boys from the same list for decades.

Consider Anthony. It's the top choice this year, up from No. 4 in 2007. But the name has been among the Top 20 going back more than two decades.

And much of the rest of the top boys names - names often with biblical links - are perennial favorites.

Daniel, for example, may be just No. 3 this year. But it has been at or near the top of the list going back to at least 1975.

That also is true of Michael.

The one big change among the names of boys has been cultural.

While some names, like Anthony, have no ethnic link, others which have become more popular are directly linked to the state's increasing Hispanic population.

José, which was nowhere near the Top 20 two decades ago, has consistently been in the Top 10 from the mid 1990s. And Jesús also has had a sharp increase in popularity.

The volatility in the names parents give their girls can be seen by comparing what was popular 35 years ago.

That year Jennifer was the most popular name for girls, a place it claimed again in 1983. Now it's 48th on the list.

Michelle, which was No. 2 in 1973, now checks in at No. 59. And Lisa, which was third that year, no longer appears among the top 100 most popular names for girls.

You don’t even have to go back that far to show the changes.

Jessica, the most-given name for girls in 1993, now is No. 38, though Ashley, which came in second, has kept some of its cachet, logging the No. 11 slot this year.

And Stephanie, which was among the 10 most popular in 1973, 1983 and 1993, did no better than 71 this year.

On the other side of the equation, some names are relative newcomers to the most popular list. Emma was not a name many Arizona parents gave their girls a decade ago; now it’s the third most popular.

Emily also has been a particular favorite of parents in recent years.

The other way volatility shows among girls’ names is those that appear to come out of nowhere, peak, and then start to fade.

Consider Nevaeh, which is “heaven” spelled backwards.

In 2003 it was No. 129 on the list. It rocketed to 34 in 2006 and 18 last year but now appears to be losing favor, sliding this year to 29.

What's the next name to rocket into the top 20? Hard to tell, though the name Genesis, not on the 2007 Top 100 list, came out of nowhere to hit No. 33 this year.

While many of the most popular names for boys have been perennials, there are some names that have fallen out of favor.

In 1973, John was No. 7 on the list. It has fallen to 41.

Robert, the fifth most popular name that year, now is No. 50.

And Jason, fourth in 1973 — behind the ever-popular Michael, Christopher and David — is all the way back at 81.

Baby names  for  boys

Rank / Name / Frequency / 2007

1 / Anthony / 540 / Angel

2 / Angel / 470 / Jose

3 / Daniel / 468 / Daniel

4 / Michael / 445 / Anthony

5 / Jacob / 439 / Jacob

6 / Alexander / 423 / David

7 / Ethan / 412 / Luis

8 / Jose / 396 / Ethan

9 / Joshua / 392 / Michael

10 / David / 374 / Christopher

11 / Andrew / 367 / Joshua

12 / Jesus / 364 / Alexander

13 / Christopher / 363 / Jesus

14 / Aiden / 359 / Andrew

15 / Joseph / 358 / Gabriel

16 / Gabriel / 357 / Joseph

17 / Adrian / 329 / Jonathan

18 / Luis / 315 / Noah

19 / Matthew / 311 / Christian

20 / Jayden / 296 / Logan

21 / Jonathan / 293

22 / Carlos / 290

23 / Christian / 289

24 / Nathan / 289

25 / Noah / 288

26 / Ryan / 278

27 / Brandon / 274

28 / Samuel / 272

29 / Isaac / 269

30 / Logan / 252

31 / Isaiah / 249

32 / Dylan / 244

33 / William / 244

34 / Diego / 243

35 / Benjamin / 241

36 / Julian / 240

37 / Elijah / 234

38 / Kevin / 233

39 / Gavin / 231

40 / Juan / 231

41 / John / 226

42 / James / 223

43 / Nicholas / 218

44 / Tyler / 205

45 / Mason / 199

46 / Jackson / 197

47 / Xavier / 197

48 / Jack / 195

49 / Miguel / 194

50 / Robert / 188

51 / Alejandro / 187

52 / Brody / 185

53 / Aaron / 184

54 / Caleb / 183

55 / Connor / 179

56 / Sebastian / 175

57 / Zachary / 169

58 / Jordan / 160

59 / Landon / 159

60 / Luke / 156

61 / Evan / 154

62 / Justin / 150

63 / Bryan / 149

64 / Wyatt / 145

65 / Dominic / 144

66 / Austin / 140

67 / Aidan / 138

68 / Victor / 138

69 / Adam / 137

70 / Brian / 135

71 / Chase / 135

72 / Jorge / 134

73 / Tristan / 134

74 / Francisco / 130

75 / Nathaniel / 128

76 / Manuel / 127

77 / Oscar / 124

78 / Alex / 123

79 / Ricardo / 123

80 / Hunter / 122

81 / Jason / 122

82 / Damian / 120

83 / Eduardo / 120

84 / Brayden / 118

85 / Lucas / 118

86 / Antonio / 117

87 / Ayden / 116

88 / Thomas / 116

89 / Fernando / 114

90 / Ian / 114

91 / Cameron / 113

92 / Carter / 113

93 / Cesar / 111

94 / Not named / 111

95 / Andres / 110

96 / Ivan / 108

97 / Jesse / 106

98 / Alan / 105

99 / Erick / 105

100 / Owen / 105

Baby names for girls

Rank / Name / Frequency / 2007

1 / Isabella / 410 / Isabella

2 / Sophia / 396 / Emily

3 / Emma / 337 / Mia

4 / Emily / 334 / Sophia

5 / Mia / 316 / Ashley

6 / Abigail / 286 / Emma

7 / Madison / 283 / Madison

8 / Samantha / 277 / Ava

9 / Ava / 271 / Elizabeth

10 / Elizabeth / 269 / Samantha

11 / Ashley / 264 / Abigail

12 / Olivia / 250 / Natalie

13 / Alexis / 236 / Alyssa

14 / Natalie / 221 / Olivia

15 / Chloe / 217 / Hannah

16 / Alyssa / 204 / Alexis

17 / Brianna / 204 / Hailey

18 / Camila / 194 / Nevaeh

19 / Hailey / 189 / Brianna

20 / Victoria / 182 / Chloe

21 / Alexa / 174

22 / Valeria / 165

23 / Addison / 164

24 / Lily / 164

25 / Ella / 161

26 / Hannah / 161

27 / Grace / 154

28 / Taylor / 154

29 / Nevaeh / 152

30 / Kimberly / 147

31 / Evelyn / 145

32 / Savannah / 141

33 / Genesis / 139

34 / Ariana / 138

35 / Destiny / 135

36 / Sofia / 134

37 / Riley / 132

38 / Jessica / 128

39 / Angelina / 127

40 / Sarah / 127

41 / Andrea / 125

42 / Maria / 125

43 / Allison / 123

44 / Mariah / 122

45 / Jasmine / 121

46 / Kaylee / 120

47 / Brooklyn / 119

48 / Jennifer / 119

49 / Gabriella / 118

50 / Alexandra / 116

51 / Jocelyn / 114

52 / Vanessa / 113

53 / Brooke / 112

54 / Natalia / 111

55 / Arianna / 109

56 / Aubrey / 108

57 / Melanie / 108

58 / Layla / 107

59 / Michelle / 105

60 / Zoe / 104

61 / Audrey / 103

62 / Kayla / 102

63 / Makayla / 102

64 / Peyton / 101

65 / Lillian / 100

66 / Aaliyah / 99

67 / Kylie / 99

68 / Maya / 95

69 / Sydney / 95

70 / Not named / 93

71 / Stephanie / 93

72 / Giselle / 92

73 / Isabel / 90

74 / Serenity / 90

75 / Trinity / 90

76 / Morgan / 89

77 / Bella / 88

78 / Avery / 87

79 / Leah / 87

80 / Leslie / 87

81 / Mya / 87

82 / Isabelle / 86

83 / Lauren / 86

84 / Bailey / 84

85 / Madeline / 84

86 / Faith / 82

87 / Gianna / 81

88 / Melissa / 81

89 / Anna / 80

90 / Diana / 80

91 / Daniela / 79

92 / Jacqueline / 78

93 / Katherine / 78

94 / Nicole / 78

95 / Miranda / 77

96 / Kaitlyn / 76

97 / Gabriela / 75

98 / Payton / 74

99 / Alicia / 73

100 / Kate / 73

Source: Arizona Department of Health Services

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