Time for the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game!
But first: Happy birthday, Elvis Presley! (He would have been 85 today.)
So now, think back to 2018. Think of all the pop culture that caught your attention. Think of movies, music, TV shows, social media, sports, video games, news, politics, products, and so forth.
Which of these things had an influence on U.S. baby names last year, do you think? Which baby names will see higher usage (or appear for the very first time) in the 2018 data thanks to 2018 pop culture?
Here are some names to start with:
- Adeya – from celebrity baby Adeya (born in March to Kehlani)
- Alita – from the movie Alita: Battle Angel
- Archie – from royal baby Archie (born in May to Harry & Meghan)
- Billie – from singer Billie Eilish
- Brixton – from the movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
- Deckard – from the movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
- Dorian – from hurricane Dorian
- Eilish – also from singer Billie Eilish
- Gloria – from the St. Louis Blues anthem “Gloria“
- Greedy – from NFL player Andraez Montrell “Greedy” Williams
- Greta – from environmental activist Greta Thunberg
- Lizzo – from rapper/singer Lizzo (originally a Melissa)
- Luce – from the movie Luce
- Maleficent – from the movie Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
- Post – from rapper Post Malone
- Psalm – from celebrity baby Psalm (born in May to Kim & Kanye)
- Saybie – from newsworthy baby Saybie
- Shaed – from the band Shaed (“Trampoline”)
- Sulwe – from the book Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
- Wick – from the movie John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
A few names from the 2018 game (Kamala? Kelleth? Sanni? Marsai?) might still be applicable as well.
What other names should we add to the list? Let me know by commenting below. Please don’t forget to mention the pop culture influence!
I’ll be posting the game results in May of 2020, a few days after the SSA releases the 2019 baby name data. If you don’t want to miss the results post, just subscribe to NBN!