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Biblical names are on the top 10 list for babies

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The list for the most popular baby names is out.

The top baby names for 2010 collected from Social Security Administration were announced on the Today show. The most popular name for boys is a biblical name: JACOB

The classic names still head the list. However, new parents are naming their babies after interesting places, and characters on the "Teen Mom" reality show "Twilight" and after celebrities' babies.

According to the Social Security Administration, the most popular names for boys are:

  1. Jacob
  2. Ethan
  3. Michael
  4. Jayden
  5. William
  6. Alexander
  7. Noah
  8. Daniel
  9. Aiden
  10. Anthony

From this list, four names are biblical ones.

Jacob was one of the twins of Isaac and Rebekah. Esau was the oldest, but he sold his birthright to Jacob. So Jacob goes down in biblical history for being the father of the twelve tribes of Israel. Jacob had two wives, Leah and Rachel and was the father of twelve sons and only one daughter.

Michael was an archangel in the book of Daniel whose prayer was held up by demonic forces in the second heaven and Gabriel had to come to his aid.

Noah, the just man who was called by God to build an ark. He and his family consisting of eight people were the only ones saved during the flood. God made a covenant with Noah that the world would never be destroyed by water again. God sealed the convenant with the sign of a rainbow in the sky.

Daniel was a major prophet who along with his three Hebrews friends did not bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel was thrown in a lion's den and his friends were thrown in the fiery furnace. No harm came to them because God was with them.

According to the Social Security Administration, the most popular names for girls are:

  1. Isabella
  2. Sophia
  3. Emma
  4. Olivia
  5. Ava
  6. Emily
  7. Abigail
  8. Madison
  9. Chloe
  10. Mia

From this list, only two names are biblical ones.

Abigail was the wife of Nabal who angered David. Abigail went to David to apologize for her husband's actions. When the husband found out waht Abigail had done, he had a heart attack and died. Then David took Abigail to be his wife.

Chloe's name appears only once in the Bible in I Corinthians 1:11.

While the favorite names remained mostly unchanged since last year, Joshua (a biblical name) dropped off the top 10 for the first time since 1978.

After the death of Moses, Joshua was in charge of the Israelites, and he led them through the Jordan River into the Promised Land.

This writer's name ranked 182. Click HERE, and enter your name to see what rank your name has.

Once Rev. Margaret Minnicks taught about the significance of names in the Bible and made bookmarks for everyone in Bible Study at New Canaan Baptist Church, Richmond,Virginia. Each bookmark had the person's name and its meaning. People at New Canaan are still using their bookmarks many years later.

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