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The naming game

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DENVER – Jacob remained the name of choice for boys born in Colorado in 2001 – for the sixth consecutive year – while Emily was the favorite name for girls for the second year.

The list, compiled by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Health Statistics Section of the 50 most popular baby names for 2001, showed the four most popular girls’ names and three most popular boys’ names remained the same as in 2000. The names were among those chosen for the approximately 67,100 babies born in the state last year.

Emily has been either the first- or second-most popular girls’ name since 1996 and was followed in 2001 by Madison, Hannah and Ashley. Taylor moved into fifth place after being No. 8 in 2000.

The name Emily gained the first-place rank when 363 girls born in Colorado in 2001 were given the name. Madison was the name chosen last year for 320 baby girls; Hannah, 319; and Ashley, 298.

Jacob was the name selected for 528 boys born in Colorado last year. Michael remained at second place for the sixth consecutive year with 408 boys given that name. Joshua was third at 490, and Joseph moved into fourth place from ninth with 347.

Favorite baby names for Colorado’s Hispanic parents in 2001 were Maria and Jose. Jose has topped that list since 1998, with Luis in second place since 1999. Maria and Jennifer have held the top two places since 1999.

Jasmine tied with Taylor as the most popular name for baby girls born to Colorado’s black parents last year, with those two names being in first and second place in 2000. Isaiah remained the most popular name for black boys born in 2001 as it had been since 1998. Elijah has been second since 1999.

Less common names for babies born in Colorado in 2001 included Willow, Sequoia and Acacia for girls, and Maverick, Rhett and Rowdy for boys.

Compared with the 2000 list, girls’ names Andrea, Bailey, Mackenzie, Madeline, Riley and Zoe were new to the top 50. For boys, new additions were Carlos, Evan, Jason and Juan.


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