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Brooklyn is not only a popular place to live — it was also the 43rd most-popular name last year.

Just three years ago, the name “Brooklyn” wasn’t even in the top 100, according to the newborn gurus at BabyCenter.com, a Web site for new parents.

But in 2005, “Brooklyn” entered the charts at 62 — with a bullet. By 2006, it had jumped to 54th.

Now, at 43rd, it’s ahead of such once-beloved monikers as Katherine (46), Julia (55) and Abby (62)

Brooklyn even topped Rachel (66), Leah (85) and Rebecca (86) — so much for the Bible!

And it’s not just the 300,000 users of BabyCenter.com who have made “Brooklyn” a star. The Social Security Administration, which tracks all baby names, reports that “Brooklyn” first entered the nation’s top-1,000 in 1992 at number 552. By 2000, it was at 177, and by 2006, it had risen to 67.

It’s safe to ask what the freak is going on. Could it be that David Beckham and Posh Spice — who named their son Brooklyn in 1999 — are so influential? Or has Borough President Markowitz’s 24/7 cheerleading finally reached the heartland of America?

“It is true that when celebrities use a unique name, other people tend to follow,” said Nissa Anklesaria of BabyCenter.com. “But parents are also always looking for something unique, but not so unique that it’s difficult to pronounce or understand.”

That largely summarizes Cheri Tracy’s reasons for naming her daughter “Brooklyn” in 2004.

“From the moment I heard it, I loved it — which was not the case with the other 50 or so names my husband and I discussed,” said Tracy, who lives in Northfield, Illinois.

“We both love New York, and the name seemed very feminine, yet unique and a bit edgy without sounding trendy.”

Tracy said she’s hoped the name wouldn’t become too popular, but was not surprised it was climbing the charts.

“But I don’t think it will ever become a top-10 favorite because when people hear her name, they either love it or hate it. There isn’t much in-between.

“I do hope the popularity has nothing to do with the Beckhams,” she added. “People embrace New York no matter where they reside.”

She’s right, but only to a point: “Brooklyn” is the sole borough to make the top-1,000 baby names list.

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Henry Goodfriend from New Jersey says:
Hey Donna Summers 20 something actress daughter with Bruce Sudano, a native of Brooklyn, is named Brooklyn Sudano.

This obviously happened twenty something years ago. How did you miss that? Maybe they should get the credit.

DONNA SUMMER, THE GREATEST!
Jan. 20, 2008, 9:03 pm
Obbop from Shantyville says:
If I ever have a girl, or a boy, I think I will name the vile spawn........

Ghengis Kahn Kelley

Laugh and he/she/it will disembowel you with a scimitar.
Jan. 20, 2008, 11:06 pm
Tim from Atlanta says:
WHO CARES????
Jan. 21, 2008, 10:16 am
Grace from Bensonhurst Brooklyn says:
I think its a terrible name to name a child. That poor kid has to grow up wuth that name. The parents should think of the abuse the child is going to go through in life. It is stupid and no name for a baby
Jan. 21, 2008, 11:28 am
ODG from Atlanta says:
Ive been to Brooklyn,NY. It stinks like garbage,puke and urine. I dont ever want to go back.
Jan. 21, 2008, 7:04 pm
Edward from Staten Island says:
Brooklyn is not bad! Sure beats naming her feemale or some other rot.
Jan. 21, 2008, 7:56 pm
roger from atlanta says:
ODG must have went to a different area of Brooklyn than me. Just don't call the kid fugidaboutit or youse. Really, though Brooklyn is a pretty good place. It is one of the only places I know of where you could do without a car if you chose to.
Jan. 21, 2008, 11:54 pm
Jody R from Boca Raton, Fl. says:
At 41 years old I was having my first child. In the religion I needed a BR sound to name after a deceased relative. I went thru them all, Brittany etc. Could not find one I liked. For A joke my sister reccomended Brooklyn, as all 4 sisters and parents were born in Brooklyn. I said cute but I could never yell "BROOKLYN" in the middle of a store to look for her. Had never heard it as a name before. My daugahter was born one month early and we were not ready, especially a name. Since she was concieved in Spain and my husband and I were travelers for Cruise ships, we really wanted something different. 3 days after her birth the hospital forced us to name her. "Briza" okay do it. That evening my niece called and started to cry, you can't do that they will call her "Bri" thats what they call me (for Brianna), right I said. I desperatly called the authorities changed the birth certificate and she has been one of the First and very few "BROOKLYNS" I have ever met.
We love the name and I cannot see her as anything else.
Jan. 22, 2008, 10:04 am
Carol Rychlee from Wilmette, IL says:
Hooray for Brooklyn!! No question - anyway you say it - it's the best!
Jan. 22, 2008, 2:56 pm
Janet from Kensington says:
Hey, ODG from Atlanta, why the **** are you reading a BROOKLYN newspaper if you hate it so much?
Jan. 23, 2008, 7:27 pm
Donna from Windsor Terrace says:
Tracy from None should continue to live in None. I don't want her kind in my city.
Jan. 23, 2008, 7:30 pm
Bill from Brooklyn says:
A dog named Brooklyn - and other wonderful dogs and cats who have been rescued - are up for adoption at the Hamilton Dog House, a combination pet supply store and adoption center at 155 E. 3rd Street between Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue.

The website of the store's owner, Sean Casey, is at http://scarnyc.org.

When you go to E. 3rd to look for the store, you'll see an awning that says Tutti Frutti on it. It belonged to the store's previous occupant. Sean is putting so much money into his animal rescue operation that he hasn't been able to get a new awning yet.
Jan. 23, 2008, 7:39 pm
MELISSA from SUNSET PARK says:
HEY I NAMED MY DOG BROOKLYN! FEGED-AH-BOW-IT
Jan. 24, 2008, 11:21 am

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