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May 13, 2006

Albany -- Just in time for mother's day weekend, some news for mothers-to-be. The Social Security Administration has released the list of the most popular baby names from 2005.

Nationwide the top five baby girls names include Emily, Emma and Madison. Those names have topped the list for several years now.

For baby boys biblical names are always favorites, Jacob and Michael being the top picks. Other popular boy names include Joshua, Matthew and Ethan.

Albany's Make Room for Baby store sells baby items, and monograms names onto blankets, pillows and other gifts. They've seen the same trends for baby names here in South Georgia that the social security administration found.

"For girls we're seeing a lot of Emma and Grace and boys we're seeing William and Ben. With boys we see more trend using family names than we do with the girls. The girls they're picking names they just like," said sales associate Salinda Barber.

Here in Georgia most baby boys were named William, more than 1,000 last year. For girls the top name was Emily, 845 little girls named Emily became Georgia natives last year.

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