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Baby Naming Trends from Pop Culture

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American Horror Story has greatly influenced certain names this year. For girls, the name Iris is up by 16%. The boy name Donovan is up by 3%. American Horror Story: Roanoke gave the name Lee a 11% boost for girls  and Elias up 8% for boys. The popular Netflix show Stranger Things, set in the 1980s, brought the name Nancy up 46% and Joyce up 23%. Dustin is up by 32% and Lucas 25%. The names of the Walking Dead characters, Carol rose up 18% and Hershel 37%. The name Walker, based off the term used in the show for zombies, is up 12%.

The horror movie Light Out was one of this years most popular films. The name Diana is up 21%, as well as the name of the mother Sophie (up 9%) and Maria (up 22%). The Conjuring 2, another horror movie released this year, stars the actress Vera Farmiga, who also starred in Bates Motel and the first Conjuring film, lifted the name Vera up 16%.

Baby names have always been influenced by pop culture. In 2012, the names Grey rose 18% and Anatastia has a 10% increase, as well as Ana by 15% based off the adult novel Fifty Shades of Grey. The name Christian dropped 30% based off the main character of the book.

In 2015, after the popular song Royals by Lorde came out, the name Royal ascended 14 percent. Duchess jumped 75 percent on the girls’ name list, Princess gained 22 percent, and Regina (Italian and Latin for queen) rose 5 percent. Royal gained 36 percent on the boys’ name list, and Reign – which reality star Kourtney Kardashian chose for her baby boy in late 2014 – jumped 54 percent. Prince rose 10 percent. King jumped 8 percent, while both Noble and Sovereign increased 7 percent. The name Hazel – like the character Hazel Grace Lancaster in John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars – climbed 52 percent. Eleanor – the heroine from Rowell’s Eleanor & Park – went up 20 percent. And Hermione, from the Harry Potter series, gained 45 percent.

In 2014,  the name Galina from Orange is the New Black jumped 67 percent. Nicky leaped 35 percent, Piper jumped 28 percent, Dayanara climbed 19 percent, Alex rose 16 percent, and Gloria 10 percent. Even Larry, Piper’s fiancé, rose 28 percent for boys. The wildly popular Disney movie Frozen had the name Elsa soar 29 percent up for girls names. The name Hans climbed 19 percent.

 

Here are the top 5 most popular baby names of 2016.

1 Jackson
2 Aiden
3 Lucas
4 Liam
5 Noah

1 Sophia
2 Emma
3 Olivia
4 Ava
5 Mia

 

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