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Malia Obama: First Daughter's Name Surges In Popularity In 2009

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 07/07/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:25 PM ET

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The popularity of the First Family is leading more Americans to name their children after President Obama's daughter Malia, according to data released by the Social Security Administration on Friday.

"Maliyah" was the fastest growing name in popularity in 2009 and while the first daughter's name is spelled "Malia," the SSA says that the big jump is "undoubtedly" related to the popularity of the presidential family.

"Malia" still made the cut in being one of the top ten girls names to increase in prevalence over the year.

More Americans may also be naming their children after the younger first daughter, Sasha Obama, according to the SSA data. The Hill reports that the name "Sasha" also jumped in popularity in 2009, ranking as the year's 23rd fastest rising name.

In 2008, the election of President Obama had an immediate impact on baby naming across the country, the Associated Press reported at the time. One Florida couple named their child after the President on the November night he was elected, but before he was even officially declared the nation's next commander-in-chief.

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