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Most Popular Baby Name? Jacob Climbs Ladder

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AUSTIN, Texas (KWWL) -

No way, Jose!

The most popular Hispanic name for baby boys since the Social Security Administration began counting has fallen from the Top 50 list. Even in Texas, where Jose has been No. 1 among all newborns since 1996, it was bumped to second place last year by Jacob.

Because this happened when birthrates for Hispanic-Americans were among the highest of any ethnic or racial group, the rankings just might be a measure of assimilation, said Prof. Cleveland Kent Evans, who teaches psychology at Bellevue University in Nebraska and wrote "The Great Big Book of Baby Names."

"This is probably a combination of assimilation and the drop in immigration from Latin America as a result of the recession," Professor Evans said in an interview with The New York Times. "However, it is probable that names are also becoming more varied in Latin American culture itself, as this is a phenomenon in most of the modern world."

Jose has been in the Top 50 every year except one since 1972, though it has been declining in popularity (it ranked 28th in 2004, 43rd in 2009 and 51st in 2010). Nationwide, the most popular name for baby boys was Jacob, which has ranked first since 1999, and for girls, Isabella, which edged Emma for first place in 2009.

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