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Biblical to bizarre: American baby names run the gamut 五花八門的美國嬰兒名

Singer Ricky Martin holds babies at a shelter for victims of sexual exploitation in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on March 29, 2008.


Planning on naming your baby Jacob or Emily? Be forewarned, those two names topped the US most popular list again last year — Emily for the 11th year running.

The 2007 top baby names list released by the US Social Security Administration for Mother’s Day showed Americans consistent in their love for classical names: Michael, Ethan, Joshua and Daniel topped out the top five on the boys side, while Isabella, Emma, Ava and Madison were favorites for girls.

But the list showed that plenty were striving to be unique, creating wholly new names like Nevaeh — “heaven” spelled backwards — or sometimes just taking extreme orthographical liberty with better-known monikers.

“For reasons likely to puzzle baby name experts around the world, American parents have become infatuated by names, particularly for their sons, that rhyme with the word ‘maiden,’” the SSA said.

It counted 34 such names in the top 1,000 for boys, including homonymic variations Jayden, Jaden, Jaiden, Jaydon, Jadon, Jaeden, Jadyn, Jaydin, Jaidyn and Jaydan.

Despite the freewheeling spellings, spokesman Mark Lassiter said the SSA “would resist any legislative efforts to standardize the spelling of names,” according to an agency statement.

Aside from variants on “heaven,” the SSA pointed to the popularity of philosophical ideals for girls’ names: Destiny (No. 41), Trinity (No. 72), Serenity (No. 126), Harmony (No. 315) and Miracle (No. 461).

Fast-rising names included Danica, now at No. 307, for top female race car driver Danica Patrick, and JaMarcus, No. 743, for football star JaMarcus Russell.(AFP)




Luke: What are you doing?

Pierre: I’m getting ready for my singing lesson.

Luke: You’re always singing or writing songs. Do you dream about seeing your name in lights?

Pierre: Not really. It’s just a hobby that I really enjoy.

Luke: Well we’ll have to go to KTV together. I’m sure you’ll be the hit of the party.






see one’s name in lights 家喻戶曉

A person who sees his or her name in lights is famous for something, especially for a career in entertainment. For example, “With her most recent role, Vivien was finally able to see her name in lights.”

若某人「see his or her name in lights」,表示他或她因為某事而出名,特別是在娛樂事業上,例如:「薇薇安終於靠著最新的戲劇角色而家喻戶曉」。







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