Naming newborns is only the first of many difficult decisions parents face, and with so many options, selecting a name can be daunting. Some people name their kids after relatives or celebrities, others find inspiration in books, and some wing it. The Social Security Administration
keeps track of the most popular baby names
for any given year.
Since his campaign, President Barack Obama's popularity soared, culminating with his election into office. His name, however, is just starting to catch on. Jumping more than 10,000 spots — from number 12,535 in 2007 to 2,409 in 2008 — it's by no means one of the top titles for tykes. But 2009 could see an even bigger spike, perhaps putting the name in the top 1,000 for next year.