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Elvis has left the list of 1,000 most-popular baby names

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —In 1957, the song "Jailhouse Rock" was No. 1.

That was the peak year for naming your baby boy "Elvis."

But the name has gone the way of the 45 rpm record.

"Elvis" is out. No longer among the top 1,000 names — for the first time since 1956.

According to data released this week by the Social Security Administration, "Jacob," after 12 years, is still at the top of the charts for popular boy baby names.

Nearly 22,000 boys were tagged such in 2010, followed by Ethan, Michael, Jayden and William.

About 23,000 girls were named Isabella (No. 1 last year, too), followed by Sophia, Emma, Olivia and Ava.

Truthfully, "Elvis" peaked in 1957 at no higher that No. 312. Today? Go to the Facebook site: "Anyone Named Elvis."

No postings. No friends.

Don't be cruel.

Area hospitals could find no recent newborns named Elvis. Nor could pediatric nurses remember any.

The name caused a ruckus in 2008, when a couple in Sweden wanted to name their daughter "Elvis." No, they were not Elvis Presley fans, the mother said.

But Sweden's National Tax Board — which has the authority to veto baby names — decreed that Elvis was a first name of a masculine type, "clearly inappropriate as a first name for a woman."

Still a popular choice among cat and dog owners, Elvis ranks 123rd and 191st, respectively. (No breakdown on how many hound dogs bear the name.)

Behindthename.com contends that Elvis most probably evolved from Alvis or Elwes, with its own unique history. In Old Norse, it means "all wise."

In that mythology, a dwarf with that name was going to marry Thor's daughter, Thrud. Thor was not pleased, so he tricked the dwarf by asking him questions until the sun rose, at which point Alvis (perhaps not so wise) turned into stone.

Or was it the King of Rock?

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