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Inside Bay Area


January 6, 2007


By Rebekah Gordon, STAFF WRITER



Alexander, Isabella top names in '06. Emily, Diego among new to county's top 10



SAN MATEO - Attention wee Isabellas of San Mateo County under age 2: Congratulations, you've barely learned to walk and you can already claim fame. You have the trendiest name in the county, according to the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder.


And lest we forget the boys, calling all 2 and under Alexanders wetting diapers: You get some bragging rights, too, for managing to jump from third place to take the top name spot for boys.


According to statistics released Friday by the county, among the 5,065 new babies born in San Mateo County in 2006, Isabella was the most popular name for girls, 32, and Alexander the most popular name for boys, 37. Emily took second place with 27 named and Sophia and Mia tied for third place with 36. It was a disappointing year for Sophias, who saw their first place crown from 2005 usurped by the previously second-placed Isabellas. Far more dismal was the fate of Sophias' alter ego, Sofia with an "f", which completely fell off the top 10 list.


Ryan fell from first in 2005 to second last year with 32 named and Anthony took third place with 29.


Brand new to the most popular list for girls last year were Chloe, Ava, Abigail and Lauren. Emily hadn't even made the top 10 in 2005, but found itself in second place last year. Alexandra, Ashley, Emma and Madison, which enjoyed top 10 status in 2005, all fell away from the list entirely.


For boys, Daniel was 2005's top contender, but fell to a three-way tie for fifth in 2006. Ryan maintained its hold on second. Joshua, Michael and Tyler fell off the list, replaced by Diego, Matthew and Nicholas.


Last year saw 297 fewer babies than 2005 and when these wee lads and lassies reach dating age, they may find their local prospect pool a bit skewed. More boys than girls came into San Mateo County's world in 2006 — a difference between the sexes that became significantly pronounced over 2005.


There were 2,601 boys born in the county in 2006, compared with 2,464 girls — a difference of 137. In 2005, there were more girls born — 2,686 — than boys — 2,676 — but the difference between them was a mere 10 babies.


More boys being born than girls reflects a nationwide trend that the National Center for Health Statistics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has studied.


In 2005, the CDC reported that more boys had been born in the U.S. for 63 years straight. Since 1940, the CDC said, an average of 91,685 more boys have been born each year than girls, a total of 5,776,130 over that 63-year period.


The accolades should be especially hearty to Isabella for making the ascendance to greatness under such unlikely odds: According to the Social Security Administration, Isabella was 891st in the nation just 16 years prior, in 1990.


But Alexander, as much as your parents dote on you, your achievement is not much to sneeze at, according to Social Security records. Since 1990, you've never been ranked lower than 28th.


Staff writer Rebekah Gordon can be reached at (650) 306-2428 or


San Mateo County's Most Popular Baby Names in 2006


Names are in order of popularity.

Girls' Top 10











Boys' Top 10