(from Netscape.net): The Year's Most Popular Baby Names The most popular baby names for 2002, according to research conducted by BabyNames.com, are: Madison, Ethan, Bailey, Caleb, and Hannah. Notice anything unusual in this lineup? Two of the five names--Madison and Bailey--are unisex names. If you're paying attention to baby-naming trends, this one is big. Parents seem to be giving their babies, especially girls, non-gender-specific names or names that have traditionally been used for males or as surnames, such as Jordan or Taylor. "I believe this trend comes from the desire to give power to our female offspring," says Jennifer Moss, BabyNames' senior partner. "The mothers of today grew up in the 1970s, a time when they were influenced by the women's movement. We want our daughters to start out on equal ground." Parents are also seeking a unique name. The first and foremost reason for not choosing a name is overpopularity. So say good-bye to the old favorites of Michael and Jennifer. They're so...last year. The top 25 names for 2002 as compiled by BabyNames.com are as follows. The unisex names are followed by an asterisk*. 1. Madison* 2. Ethan 3. Bailey* 4. Caleb 5. Hannah 6. Alexis 7. Aiden 8. Jordan* 9. Chloe 10. Mackenzie* 11. Jacob 12. Taylor* 13. Emma 14. Abigail 15. Dylan 16. Jaden* 17. Logan 18. Cameron 19. Riley* 20. Tyler* 21. Isabella 22. Morgan* 23. Paige 24. Austin 25. Aaron Note from Cindy : I have an adorable little niece named Channing. I don't think my brother and his wife named her that to "empower" her,though ...they just wanted an unusual name.