When it comes to naming Kansas babies, the A's have it — and so does androgyny.
Aiden and Addison were the most popular names given to newborns by Kansas parents in 2009. And for the fourth consecutive year, the top names for girls and boys are uni-gender.
The list of top 25 baby names, released today by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, showed Aiden as the top boy's name and Addison as the most common girl's name.
The annual list is derived from birth certificate information from the Health and Environment Bureau's Office of Vital Statistics.
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The list counts names with the same pronunciation, even if there are several different spellings. The fifth most popular girl's name — Kaylee — had 46 spellings, for example, while Kaden had 31 variations.
Emma, Isabella, Chloe and Kaylee join Addison in the top five most popular girls' names. New names in the top 25 were Lillian, which entered the top 25 for the first time, Allison and Avery.
Aiden occupies the top spot on the boys' list for the sixth year running. Jackson, Kaden, Brayden and Ethan round out the top five, continuing a trend for Celtic or Celtic-sounding names. Noah was the only new boy's name in the top 10; Elijah was the only first-timer in the top 25.
The top 25 names for Kansas girls in 2009 are: Addison, Emma, Isabella, Chloe, Kaylee, Olivia, Abigail, Emily, Madison, Ava, Hailey, Madeline, Sophia, Riley, Kaitlyn, Mia, Alexis, Brooklyn, Lily, Avery, Ella, Allison, Lillian, Elizabeth and Natalie.
The top boys' names are: Aiden, Jackson, Kaden, Brayden, Ethan, Jacob, William, Alexander, Jayden, Noah, Caleb, Landon, Isaac, Logan, Gabriel, Elijah, Gavin, Michael, Joshua, Benjamin, Mason, Christian, Wyatt, Joseph and Samuel.