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Originally published August 27, 2009 at 12:13 AM | Page modified August 27, 2009 at 7:34 AM

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Emma and Jacob most popular baby names

More than 4 million babies were born in the United States last year, and if any of them were named Barack, there were not enough to make the annual ranking of the 1,000 most popular baby names.

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More than 4 million babies were born in the United States last year, and if any of them were named Barack, there were not enough to make the annual ranking of the 1,000 most popular baby names.

But the president's daughters fared better. While Sasha ranked 363rd among girls, about the same as the past few years, Malia leapt to 345, from 400 the year before. (Michelle, meanwhile, ranked 103rd, down from 94th in 2007.)

Overall, according to the list released Wednesday by the Social Security Administration, Emma bumped Emily to rank at the top among girls for the first time (although it has ranked in single digits since 2002, as it also did in the late 19th century; the rankings date to 1880).

Jacob was No.1 among boys, as it has been since displacing Michael in 1998. Jacob was also the only name to be given to 1 percent or more of the babies born in 2008.

The rankings varied by state. In Texas, Jose was first among all newborn boys, but nationwide a number of Hispanic names (including Angel, Jesus, Jose, Juan and Luis) all declined slightly in popularity.

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