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Top baby name predictions 2010

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Hot names for 2010

What baby names do we predict will be popular in 2010? We look at baby name trends and talk to the experts to find out what baby girl and baby boy names will be top this year. Will traditional baby names and biblical names make a comeback? Or are parents still looking for unique or exotic names?

Names ending with -en and -an

Jordan, Jayden, Hayden, Brayden ... there is just something about names that end with -en and -an that's really catching people's eyes today. Maybe it's the solidness of a name that ends in a final syllable like that? Whatever it is, new parents dig it.

Looking for a strong powerful name? Names that end in -en and -an are where it's at.

biblical baby names

Since many people have gone back to basics with living, it's no surprise that will likely mean a greater interest in faith-based names. Author Bruce Lansky, aka "The Baby Name Guru," says that Old Testament names will be popular in 2010 -- but it's not the ones you might think of first.

"Elijah (#22; +8) and nickname Eli (#100; +30) along with Nathan (#21; +3), Gabriel (#24; +4), Isaac (#37; +4), Aaron (#50; +2), and Josiah (#96; +10) are movin' on up. However, Old Testament names like Daniel, Samuel, and David are holding steady or slipping," says Lansky. (The numbers represent the place in the Social Security Administration's top names list, based on births in 2008. The plus/minus shows how the ranks compare to past years.)

For girls, Lansky says that names like Leah are on the rise while classics like Sarah and Rachel are losing popularity.

Get more biblical baby name ideas for boys and girls here.

Disney's influence on baby names

It goes without saying that America has a serious love affair with Disney princesses. Cinderella, Belle and others have made big impressions on many, many kids. And now, there is a new princess coming to theatres. What will that mean for 2010 girls names?

"I say one big trend for girls will be the name Tiana," says Disney expert Leigh Caldwell of "Why? Because that's the name of the new Disney princess in The Princess and the Frog. Disney movies have long influenced naming trends. In 1980, Ariel was No. 856 on the Social Security Administration's list of popular female names. In 1990, Ariel was No. 94. What happened in between? The Little Mermaid was released in late 1989."

What do you think will be a popular baby name trend this year? Comment below!

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