The folks over at the Arizona Department of Health Services seem to have taken a short break from combating pig flu to tackle one of the more, um, pressing issues: Compiling a list of the most popular baby names in Arizona.
This year's big winners: Jacob for the boys and Isabella for the ladies.
Frankly, we thought "Oops" might take the top spot, but it seems parents these days are going the more traditional route.
Of the 44,900 male babies born this year, 461 were named Jacob, followed by 459 new additions of the name Alexander.
One of John and Kate's eight seems to have rubbed off on Arizona baby-makers this year, as the name Aiden comes in at number nine with 341.
It seems, too, that the early-90s Baywatch hangover has got hold over several new Arizona parents. The name Logan has emerged as one of the state's more popular names, with 308 additions this year. New Rule: Unless the kid is born on a surf board, don't name him Logan.
Another interesting tidbit from this year's list -- as expected as it may or may not be -- is that Hispanic names are on the rise in Arizona.
The names Angel, Jesus, and Jose are all in this year's top 20, which is a vast improvement from the same list from 1989, where the most Hispanic-sounding name was Justin.
You can check out the full AZDHS list here.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.