There’s a better-than-random chance that babies born in the United States last year, 2010, were named “Bella” or “Edward.”
Those were among the 10 most popular girls’ and boys’ names, respectively, and it was more than a coincidence that they are also leading characters in the wildly popular “Twilight” series of young adult novels and films about vampires.
The choice of baby names, you see, can be somewhat faddish.
Certain ones, such as “Tiffany” and “Justin,” which were popular in the 1980s, become the rage, then fall from fashion.
The other day, a VOA staffer met a little boy, age two, named “Aiden.” Our colleague had never heard that name. Turns out, Aiden is the most popular boy baby’s name this year, as reported by the website BabyCenter.com. For what it’s worth, Aiden was a leading character on the highly-rated TV show “Sex and the City.”
有一天，美国之音的一位员工看到一个两岁的小孩，叫做“艾登。” 他从来没有听过这个名字。 后来才知道，艾登是BabyCenter.com网站评选出来的今年最流行男孩名字。 不管到底是不是，艾登总之是流行美剧《欲望都市》中主角的名字。
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