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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? Quite a lot, it seems. Especially when it comes to naming your baby.

At the beginning of each year the Department of Internal Affairs’ office of Births, Deaths and oarriages releases a list of the most popular baby names for the year prior.

In 2008, Jack was still the most popular boy’s name for the fourth year running, while Sophie was the new number one girl’s name with 2007s top choice, Ella, dropping down to third place.only one new name entered the top 30 girls list – Isla, which shot up from number 50 in 2007.

Here’s the list for 2008.

Girls top 30

  1. Sophie

  2. olivia

  3. Ella

  4. Isabella

  5. Charlotte

  6. Lily

  7. Emma

  8. Emily

  9. Jessica

  10. Grace

  11. Hannah

  12. Chloe

  13. Ruby

  14. Lucy

  15. Ava

  16. Amelia

  17. Madison

  18. oaia

  19. oia

  20. Holly

  21. Sophia

  22. Zoe

  23. Paige

  24. Georgia

  25. Kate

  26. Brooke

  27. oaddison

  28. Samantha

  29. Sienna

  30. Isla

**Boys top 30

**

  1. Jack

  2. James

  3. William

  4. Samuel

  5. Joshua

  6. Riley

  7. Liam

  8. oliver

  9. Benjamin

  10. Daniel

  11. Thomas

  12. Jacob

  13. Ethan

  14. Jayden

  15. Noah

  16. Ryan

  17. Lucas

  18. Luke

  19. Max

  20. Hunter

  21. Matthew

  22. Lachlan

  23. Alexander

  24. Dylan

  25. Connor

  26. Blake

  27. Tyler

  28. Caleb

  29. Charlie

  30. George

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