#7 Labor Force
Occupational names remain hard at work in a tough economy. My Chemical Romance singer, Gerard Way, named his daughter Bandit Lee. Recently Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick made a mad dash for Mason Dash. (D-A-S-H is also the name of the Kardashian sisters' fashion boutiques in Calabasas, California, and Miami.) Mason is in good company: Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs called their firstborn son, Walker Nathaniel, and Chad Lowe's daughter has the artfully vintage appellation, Mabel Painter.
#8 Happy Endings
Pop star Miley Cyrus is the queen of happy endings—in names, that is. The name Miley entered the most popular lists in 2007 and was automatically in the top 300. And it shows no signs of losing momentum or stopping its upward swing. From Miley to Marley to Marlee to Jaylee and Paisley, names that ended with an "ee," "y," or "i" sound fresh and inviting.
#9 The Long and the Short of It
Both Carson Daly and Scott Wolf welcomed sons named Jackson in 2009. On the charts, Jackson is only slightly more popular than its counterpart, Jack, but it boasts an impressive option: to go long and formal or sweet and short. Parents are looking at names that will give their children more flexibility and greater play. With a nickname like King, that might explain why Kingston, the name of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale's oldest son, has jumped more than 700 places in two years.
#10 Modern Love: Y ask Why?
Acronyms and anagrams, including Ily (short for "I love you") and Abcde (pronounced "Ab-si-dee") arrived newsworthy and text-ready in the past year. The letter Y continues its cool evolution in male names like Rylan, Braylon, and Ryker. Kale, an invented name spun off from Cale and Caleb, is also vivid and memorable. Angie Everhart named her son Kayden Bobby, and rapper T-Pain named his third child, a boy, Kaydnz Kodah.