We apparently adore our Williams more than our Jacobs and love our Braydens more than most.
While Kentucky sticks close to the national trends on most baby names, William was the state's No. 1 name for boys in 2008, ending a 10-year run by Jacob, according to the Social Security Administration. Nationally, Jacob has been No. 1 and Michael No. 2 since 1999. William is ranked No. 8 nationally.
Brayden pops up as No. 6 on Kentucky's list of top names for boys for 2008; it is ranked No. 51 for the country.
For girls it has been an E-era nationally. Emma was the top name for 2008, when it usurped Emily, the No. 1 name since 1996.
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In Kentucky, Madison was the top girls' name in 2008, as it has been since 2004. Emma was No. 2, and Olivia, Ava and Isabella were also popular.
In 1909, the national top names included Dorothy, Mildred, Frank and Edward.
Herald-Leader staff report