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Millennium babies end up with unusual and popular names

A lot of thought goes into the naming of a newborn baby.

Just ask Marva and Kenny Pennington, whose daughter is a millennium baby.

"My wife initially wanted to name our daughter September, but I said, 'Why do you want to name her something so long.' We chose the name Hollie because it is an uplifting name," Kenny said.

They chose the name Joy as the middle name because it is also Marva's middle name.

While parents are becoming increasingly creative with names and unisex names such as Jordan, Madison, Devon and Logan are becoming popular, many parents are still bestowing traditional names on their offspring.

Of girls born at Kingman Regional Medical Center in 2000, Samantha was the most popular girl's name, with the name Brittany the second most popular name, said Sylvia Laffoon, medical records birth clerk at the hospital.

Tyler was the most popular boy's name, with the name Joseph the second most chosen.

Nationally, the top 10 boys' names in 2000, in order of rank, were Michael, Jacob, Matthew, Joseph, Christopher, Nicholas, Andrew, William, Joshua and Daniel, according to a one percent sample of Social Security card applications for births from January through August.

The most frequently given names for girls for the same time period were Hannah, Emily, Madison, Elizabeth, Alexis, Sarah, Taylor, Lauren, Jessica and Ashley.

The name Michael is back on top this year, after falling to second place last year.

Nationally, the No.

1 boy's name in 1999 was Jacob/Jakob.

Following these two popular names were Matthew, Nicholas, Christopher and Joshua.

The No.

1 girl's name in the nation in 1999 was Emily, according to Social Security records.

Other favored girls names were Sarah, Brianna, Samantha, Hailey and Ashley, according to the records.

"Names go in trends.

It can be a problem for teachers who have five Jennifers in their classroom," said Kathy Rook, a marriage and family therapist.

Rook said there is conflicting research on the wisdom of giving a child an unusual name.

"It can crush some children, or make others bold.

A high percentage of those with unusual names have gone on to become quite famous," she said.

Another baby-naming trend is giving classic names a twist by spelling them untraditionally, such as Jacob/Jakob or Kate/Cait/Kayte.

Using the mathematical principle as taught in the Kabalarian Philosophy, the choice of a name will have a profound effect on the personal characteristics of your baby, allow or repress the expression of your child's natural potential and create a child that is peaceful and content, or restless and insecure.

Fifteen factors to consider when choosing a name are: namesakes, nationality, religion, gender, number of names, sounds, rhythms, pronunciation, spelling popularity, uniqueness, stereotypes, initials, nicknames and meanings, according to Bruce Lansky in his book "Baby Names Around the World."