Will we see more babies with the names Christian, Grey, Ana and Anastasia in 2012 thanks to E. L. James’ kinky 2011 novel Fifty Shades of Grey (and quick follow-ups Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed)?
A growing number of women are attributing their pregnancies “to sex inspired by the erotic trilogy that went mainstream early this year.”
My source article mentioned three moms with Fifty Shades pregnancies/babies, but only one discussed names, saying she would not give her baby a name from the trilogy:
Christian and Ana aren’t on her name list, though her great-grandmother’s maiden name, Gray, had been a possibility — until now. “Now I don’t think I could do it,” Mrs. Bailey said.
How do you feel about the names Christian, Anastasia, Ana and Grey? Would your opinion of these names change if they suddenly became trendy thanks to Mommy Porn?
Update, 3/11/2021: Of all the names, Grey was the one most clearly influenced by the trilogy. (Which isn’t surprising, seeing as it was the name featured in all three titles.) “Grey” was already on the rise in the early 2010s, but usage jumped higher than expected in 2012. Usage jumped again in 2016, the year after the first Fifty Shades film came out.