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First-Born US Citizen of 2011: Named for 'Sledgehammer' Singer?

First-Born US Citizen of 2011: Named for 'Sledgehammer' Singer?
Flickr/ D. Sharon Pruitt

For name watchers, midnight is just the beginning of the fun. Only then does the countdown to the first babies (and baby names) of the year begin.

The first baby born on US soil in 2011 is named Peter Gabriel Imus; he was born in Guam at 18 seconds after midnight (local time).

Peter peaked in the 1950s in the US at #39; it's currently #191. Gabriel peaked last year, at #22. Peter Gabriel, the English singer formerly of Genesis, peaked in the US 1986, with the release of his Billboard hits "Sledgehammer," "In Your Eyes," and "Big Time."  Peter and Gabriel, both popular Biblical names, have a natural stylistic affinity,  but in tandem they can't help but call to mind the singer.

We're hard at work on our yearly round-up of first babies born in each state (see 2010's list of the first babies born in each state). This year, we're throwing in names from other countries, too.

Do you like the name Peter Gabriel? Who was the first baby of the year in your area? (Leave a link, please!)



Please do not add links to your comments. Thank you.

January 2, 2011 4:22 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

First Baby in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

"Jonathan Spencer and Meara McIntosh hold their daughter Aurora Spencer McIntosh, who was born at 12:04 am at the Misericordia Community Hospital, Jan. 1, 2011, making Aurora Edmonton's New Year's baby." (DAVID BLOOM/EDMONTON SUN)

January 2, 2011 4:23 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Link!!! (Sorry!)

January 3, 2011 12:55 AM
By Natalie (not verified)

First baby in Lubbock, TX: Jediah Zaine Cortez. Link: http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2011-01-02/families-share-stories-first-2011-babies

First baby in Austin, TX: Deborah Cai-Ann Hill. Link: http://www.kvue.com/news/local/First-Austin-baby-of-2011-112786834.html

January 3, 2011 10:55 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I have always liked both Peter and Gabriel; might use them both, why not? By the time I have any kids, it'll have been more than 25 years since his So album was released, and no one his age will have a clue who Peter Gabriel is.

January 4, 2011 12:53 PM
By almk (not verified)

Anonymous, my kids will know who Peter Gabriel is! The original Genesis is one of my favorite bands, and Sledgehammer was my favorite song when it came out, even though I was only three years old! Heaven forbid we forget Peter Gabriel!

Actually, I would have liked to use the name, but my husband vetoed.

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