Isabella, Jayden top NYC baby name list for third time in 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg gets cute with baby Jayden Marthone, with his parents Stanley Marthone and Kimberly Harris.

New Yorkers need to get more creative when it comes to naming their progeny.

For the third year in a row, Jayden and Isabella are the city’s most popular baby names, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday.

Of all recorded birth certificates in 2011, New York City saw more than 600 Isabellas and more than 800 Jaydens.

The mayor was accompanied by two Brooklyn babies: Borough Park’s Isabella Pal and her mother Natalia Lattanzio, and Jayden Marthone of Crown Heights, with his parents Stanley Marthone and Kimberly Harris. The mayor presented each baby with a onesie declaring them “Made In New York” and an “Official New York Baby” bib in either red or blue.

Jayden’s parents said they had no idea their newborn son’s name was so common and they were in fact trying to be unique when they chose that name for the boy.

Other names they considered include Jonathan and Christian, but Harris said she was “looking for something different.”

“We thought it was different,” she said. “We were shocked.”

Other popular baby names for girls include Sophia (#2) and Sofia (#10). The mayor noted that Michael — “a fine name” — moved up a couple notches to the fifth most popular name, from seventh in 2010.

The life expectancy of babies born in New York City exceeds the national average by 2.5 years, the mayor noted.

“[This] hasn’t happened by accident,” Bloomberg said. “This is a result of all the steps we’ve taken in New York to ensure that our babies have the best possible start in life, and get off to a safe and healthy childhood.”

Here are the most popular names for NYC babies in 2011:

Girls

1. Isabella

2. Sophia

3. Olivia

4. Emma

5. Mia

6. Emily

7. Madison

8. Leah

9. Chloe

10. Sofia

Boys

1. Jayden

2. Jacob

3. Ethan

4. Daniel

5. Michael

6. Matthew

7. Justin

8. David

9. Aiden

10. Alexander


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

News

Mets mascot Mr. Met target of Bill Clinton…

Mets mascot Mr. Met has told how he ended up in the crosshairs of a Secret Service sniper rifle. The man behind the Mr. Met…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

Music

Both feet on the ground with Aimee Mann…

What began with a cool double-bill of Ted Leo opening for Aimee Mann morphed into a full-fledged collaborative project that they're calling The Both. “There…

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

NBA

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams…

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams have the best shot at a championship. The Thunder, Clippers, Heat and Rockets lead the way.

NFL

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.