What we name our children says more about who we are than who we hope they will be. And in the case of 2009's most-popular baby names, we are apparently people who love the Twilight series of books and movies.
Isabella replaced Emma as the most popular baby name for girls in 2009, according to the Social Security Administration. (Isabella is played by Kristen Stewart in the Twilight movies). Jacob was the most popular for boys, but it has been the most popular for 10 years, so it's prevalence probably explains its inclusion in Twilight and not the other way around. (Jacob is played by Taylor Lautner in the movie.) But "Cullen"—which is the last name of Edward Cullen, the character played by Robert Pattinson in the movies—jumped from 638 to 296. It demonstrated the biggest gain.
It's hard to really get annoyed about this. Popular things are popular. But I do have a new life goal: to write a series of wildly popular YA novels featuring the darkly handsome Poopface McGee, and his young lover, ";dddxlk". [NYPost]