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Thursday, May 18, 2006

From the New York Times:
In 1999, there were only eight newborn American girls named Nevaeh. Last year, it was the 70th-most-popular name for baby girls, ahead of Sara, Vanessa and Amanda. . . .

Nevaeh is not in the Bible or any religious text. It is not from a foreign language. It is not the name of a celebrity, real or fictional. Nevaeh is Heaven spelled backward. . . .

The surge of Nevaeh can be traced to a single event: the appearance of a Christian rock star, Sonny Sandoval of [the terrible band] P.O.D., on MTV in 2000 with his baby daughter, Nevaeh.

Want to know how your names ranks in popularity? Check out the Social Security Administration's list of popular baby names. Sadly, Christopher, once number two, has fallen to number nine. "Sadam," "Adolf," and "Idi Amin" were not in the top 1000 names for any year.