Among the top 10 names for baby boys, four are biblical. For girls, variations on biblical names were also popular, with Isabella (the Spanish version of Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s mother) Ava (a variation on Eve) and Abigail (an Old Testament character) making the top 10.
What is it that compels 21st century parents to name their kids after an Old Testament patriarch (in the case of Jacob) or the man credited with saving creation (thanks, Noah!) during the Great Flood?
“The traditional biblical names were New Testament names — John, James and Mary and Elizabeth. . . . Today, the hot names are all names from the Old testament precisely because they were neglected for so many generations.”
The top 10 names for boys in 2011:
The top 10 names for girls:
1. Sophia (a religious term for wisdom )