CHEYENNE -- There will be an abundance of young boys named Aiden on playgrounds in Wyoming and throughout the United States in coming years.
Aiden, also spelled Aidan and Aden, was the most popular name for baby boys born in Wyoming and the nation in 2009.
Nationally, Aiden has been the most popular name for baby boys since 2002. The year before, Jacob was the most popular name nationally, followed by Michael and Joshua.
Wyoming split last year from the national trend with girl babies.
Madison was the most popular name for baby girls, according to the Vital Statistics Services Program of the Wyoming Department of Health.
Nationally, the favorite was Amelia or Emilia, depending on the parents' spelling preference.
Wyoming is lagging a bit in the Madison craze. That was the most popular baby girl name nationally for four years through 2005.
From 2005 through 2008, Ava was the most popular baby girls' name nationally.
For baby boys born in Wyoming in 2009, the next most popular names after Aiden were Kayden or Caden, Brayden, Wyatt and Jacob.
Nationally in second place was Noah, followed by Liam and Cayden (tied), Ethan, Jackson and Landon, according to www.babynames.com.
In the past 10 years, an Aidan rhyming trend gave rise to names like Jaden, Hayden, Caden and Payton.
Four percent of babies born in 2006 were given names rhyming with Aidan. according to www.name.com
Aiden is a Gaelic or Irish name meaning "the little fiery one."
It is believed to have originated with a famous 7th century Irish monk, the first bishop of Ferns, noted for kindness and generosity. He established the monastery of Lindisfarne in England and restored Christianity to Northumbria, according to www.name.com .
Favored names for Wyoming baby girls last year after Madison were Isabella, Hailey, Abigail and Addison (tied) and Ava and Emma (tied).
Nationally, the second most favored girl's name was Isabella, followed by Ava, Sophia or Sofia, Olivia, Madeline or Madelynd and Lily.
The state recorded 7,381 births to Wyoming resident mothers during 2009.
"There were 250 more boys born than girls, 93 sets of twins and one set of triplets," said Gladys Breeden, Vital Statistics Services Program manager.
Breeden noted there were also two girls named April born during the month of April, two girls named December born during December and two girls named Autumn born two days after the fall equinox. There was also a boy named Joseph born on Christmas.
More Wyoming statistics and information about the program can be found online at http://www.health.wyo.gov/rfhd/vital_records/index.html.
Contact capital bureau reporter Joan Barron at (307) 632-1244 or firstname.lastname@example.org