New names are tops for babies in NYC

October 22, 2008 1:01:42 PM PDT
Move over Ashley and Michael - Isabella, Sophia and Daniel are now the names of choice for New York City parents. Ashley and Emily had been the city's top girl names for more than a decade.

Michael had reigned uncontested since 1956, when he surpassed Robert as the boy of choice.

Officials say Isabella and Sophia tied as the top girl's name among Hispanic, white and Asian families. Kayla reigns with black and Hispanic parents and Fiona is a new favorite for Asian girls. Ashley feel to third place overall.

Michael also fell to third place, trailing both Daniel and Jayden.

There are always some parents who enjoy being different and named their daughters Unique and Miracle. For boys, the list of unusual names included Achilles, Phoenix, Orion and Wolf.

The Health Department's Bureau of Vital Statistics compiles baby name lists from birth certificates.

Each year, the list of most popular baby names is published in the agency's Annual Summary of Vital Statistics.

See the complete list by clicking here.

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