Popular Names of Today
What's behind today's most popular baby names
7. Meaning, “cutter of cloth,” this was originally a surname that denoted someone who was a tailor. Given to boys and girls alike, this chic name has been growing in popularity over the past decade, perhaps because it is so often used on daytime dramas, such as The Bold and the Beautiful and All My Children.
8. Derived from Laura, this name is taken from the Laurel tree, a symbol of honor and victory. Not surprisingly, girls with this name are often perceived as beautiful, sophisticated and feminine – just think about Lauren Hutton or Lauren Bacall. Other famous Laurens include Lauren Holly and Lauryn Hill.
9. Derived from the Hebrew word, Iscah, Jessica means “the Lord beholds” or “the Lord’s gift.” Famous Jessicas include Jessica Rabbit, Jessica Tandy, Jessica Simpson and Shylock’s daughter in Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice.’
10. Given to both girls and boys, this name comes from “aesc leah,” an Old English phrase meaning “Ash grove.” Perceived as beautiful and outgoing, this name belongs to superstar Ashley Judd, and of course one half of the Olsen sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley.
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