'Barack' Rockets Up Baby Names List

Barack Obama in The White House Hosts Its Annual Easter Egg Roll
U.S. President Barack Obama impersonates characters from the book "Where the Wild Things Are" while reading it to children during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 13, 2009 in Washington, DC. The event dates back to 1878 and is named for races where children push colored eggs across the grass using wooden spoons. (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)more pics »Attributed to the election of Barack Obama, the Social Security Administration is reporting that the name "Barack" sky-rocketed up its list of most popular baby names for 2008.

While it hasn't yet cracked the top 1,000 baby names, "Barack" jumped more than 10,000 spots from 12,535 in 2007 to 2,409 in 2008. The administration reports that it expects "Barack" to enter the top 1,000 for 2009.

The president's first name wasn't the only one that saw a boost in '08. The SSA reports that several celeb names grew in popularity last year.
This year’s winner for the biggest jump is Khloe, which is undoubtedly related to the popularity of Khloe Kardashian from the show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Khloe with a K increased 469 spots to number 196 in 2008, up from 665 in 2007 and 960 in 2006 (her first year on the list).  Also, Chloe with a C is in the Top 10 for the first time ever.  Another fast riser is Miley, moving up 152 spots to number 127 for 2008, a rather impressive increase given this is only her second year on the list.  On the downside for fans of Miley Cyrus’ fictional character, the name Hannah fell out of the Top 10 and landed down at number 17.  Jacoby had the biggest increase for the boys, moving up 200 spots to number 423.  Commissioner Michael Astrue, a die-hard Red Sox fan, attributed the rise of Jacoby to the appeal of last year’s star rookie centerfielder, Jacoby Ellsbury.
  • Barack Obama in The White House Hosts Its Annual Easter Egg Roll
  • Barack Obama in The White House Hosts Its Annual Easter Egg Roll
  • Barack Obama in The White House Hosts Its Annual Easter Egg Roll
  • Barack Obama in The White House Hosts Its Annual Easter Egg Roll
  • Barack Obama in The White House Hosts Its Annual Easter Egg Roll
  • Barack Obama in The White House Hosts Its Annual Easter Egg Roll
  • Barack Obama in The White House Hosts Its Annual Easter Egg Roll
  • Barack Obama in The White House Hosts Its Annual Easter Egg Roll
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