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It’s time for the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game!
This year we’re kicking things off January 8th, the birthday of
Elvis Presley! (He was born in 1935 and would have been 83 today.)
So how do you play the game? Just brainstorm for baby names that could have gotten a boost in usage in 2017 thanks to the influence popular culture: movies, music, television, social media, video games, sports, politics, products, trends, and so forth.
Here are the names we’ve come up with so far:
Amilyn – movie
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (stolen from Abby)
Antiope – movie Wonder Woman Asahd – son of DJ Khaled (suggested by
alex) Asperitas – a new
type of cloud (suggested by elbowin)
Bea – rumored Beyoncé baby name
Bear – son of Liam Payne
Bilquis – TV show American Gods
Callum – move Assassin’s Creed Cardi – rapper Cardi B
Carter – son of Beyoncé and Jay-Z (suggested by
elbowin) Chance – Chance The Rapper
Creeley – TV show
Damnation Darci Lynne – winner of
America’s Got Talent Eclipse – August solar eclipse
Eissa – son of Janet Jackson Eleven – TV show
Fatima – 100th anniversary of Marian apparitions Fenty – Rihanna’s company Fenty Beauty
Gal – actress Gal Godot Gravity – daughter of fashion models Lucky Blue Smith (male) and Stormi Bree (female)
Grover – fictional baby born on TV show
Halley – fictional baby born on TV show Big Bang Theory Harvey – hurricane
Hela – movie
Thor: Ragnarok Irma – hurricane
Issa Rae – actress Issa Rae
Jacinda – New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern
Jumanji – movie
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Jyn – movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Kelsea – singer Kelsea Ballerini
Kendrick – rapper Kendrick Lamar
Kensli – daughter of Chance the Rapper (suggested by
alex) Kenzo – son of Kevin Hart
Laureline – movie Valerian Libratus – artificial intelligence (suggested by
elbowin) Mahershala – actor Mahershala Ali
Maren – singer Maren Morris
Mika – news presenter Mika Brzezinski (suggested by
alex) Ovince – MMA competitor Ovince Saint Preux
Poppy – singer Poppy; movie
Trolls Ragnarok – movie
Thor: Ragnarok Revel – son of actors Matthew and Renee Morrison
Rumi – daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z Saffie – victim of Manchester bombing (suggested by
elbowin) Sally – former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates
Saoirse – actress Saoirse Ronan
Shadow – TV show American Gods Shawn – rumored
Beyoncé baby name Shayla – beauty influencer Shayla Mitchell
Sir – son of Beyoncé and Jay-Z Sonequa – actress
Sonequa Martin-Green Sovereign – daughter of Cam Newton
Strummer – son of Julia Stiles
Sturgill – musician Sturgill Simpson
Sza – singer SZA
Tenney – doll/character Tenney Grant (full name: “Tennyson Evangeline”)
Totality – August solar eclipse
Valerian – movie Valerian Valkyrie – movie
Thor: Ragnarok Yulin – San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz (suggested by
elbowin) Zaya – movie
Gods of Egypt (stolen from Maybe it is Daijirō)
Zelle – payment app
Have any additions to make? Comment below! Just don’t forget to mention the pop culture influence.
The SSA will release the next batch of baby name data in May, so I will post the results to the game a few days after that 2017 data becomes available.
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P.S. Have some ideas for 2018? Comment with those too — I’ll add them to next year’s game. One addition I just made: Grayson, for the winter storm. (Here’s a
Massachusetts baby named Grayson, and a Maine baby possibly named Grayson.)
It’s December 2 — the doubly momentous day on which Britney Spears celebrates her birthday and on which we start another round of the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game.
Which baby names will see significant movement on the charts in 2016 thanks to popular culture (TV, movies, music, sports, politics, products, current events, video games, etc.)? Below are some possibilities. Leave a comment with the names you’d add — and don’t forget to mention the pop culture influence.
Addison – Chicago Cubs winning season Adonis – movie Creed (suggested by Becca) Ajax – movie Deadpool (suggested by Elizabeth) Alessia – singer Alessia Cara (suggested by Ebony) Ali – death of Muhammad Ali Angel (f) – movie Deadpool (suggested by Elizabeth) Angel Dust – movie Deadpool (suggested by Elizabeth) Aroldis – Chicago Cubs winning season/World Series Auli’i – movie Moana Barron – son of president-elect Donald Trump (suggested by Andrea) Bebe – singer Bleta “Bebe” Rexha (suggested by Ebony) Bernie – presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (suggested by elbowin) Bison – new national mammal & Dakota Access pipeline protests Boomer – son of Michael Phelps Bowie – musician David Bowie Broncs – son of Mackenzie McKee (late suggestion by me) Camila – singer Camila Cabello (suggested by Ebony) Canaan – son of Oprah Winfrey Chyna – pro-wrestler Chyna (late suggestion by me) Clark – Chicago Cubs winning season Cohen – death of Leonard Cohen Creed – movie Creed (suggested by Julie and Becca) Cub – Chicago Cubs winning season Cubby – Chicago Cubs winning season Cyrus – TV miniseries Roots Curiosity – Mars rover (suggested by elbowin) Dak – NFL player Rayne Dakota “Dak” Prescott (late suggestion by me) Daya – singer Daya (suggested by Ebony) Dexter – Chicago Cubs winning season/World Series Dopinder – movie Deadpool (suggested by Elizabeth) Doris – movie Hello, My Name Is Doris Dory – movie Finding Dory (suggested by Randi) Draymond – NBA player Draymond Green (late suggestion by me) Dream – latest Kardashian baby (late suggestion by me) Eleven – TV show Stranger Things (late suggestion by me) Elle – singer Elle King (suggested by Ebony) Emayatzy – TV miniseries Roots E’myri – TV miniseries Roots Esperanto – number of speakers (suggested by elbowin) Francis – movie Deadpool (suggested by Elizabeth) Greyson – son of JWoww Halsey – singer Halsey (suggested by Ebony) Hamilton – musical Hamilton Harriet – Harriet Tubman, chosen to appear on $20 bill Hermine – Hurricane Hermine (late suggestion by me) Hillary – presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Ingwen – Tsai Ing-wen, president of Taiwan (suggested by elbowin) Ivanka – daughter of president-elect Donald Trump (suggested by elbowin) Jikan – death of Leonard Cohen (suggested by elbowin) Jonbenet – anniversary of the death of JonBenet Ramsey Juno – NASA space probe Jupiter – NASA space probe Lorca – death of Leonard Cohen (suggested by elbowin) Luna – daughter of John Legend & Chrissy Teigen Keanu – Key & Peele movie Keanu Kehlani – musician Kehlani (late suggestion by me) Kizzy – TV miniseries Roots Kunta – TV miniseries Roots Laremy – NFL player Laremy Tunsil (late suggestion by me) Linmanuel – actor/playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda (late suggestion by me) Lyanna – TV show Game of Thrones Maga – Trump hashtag #MAGA (late suggestion by me) Maisa – Brazilian child actress Maisa da Silva Andrade (late suggestion by me) Malachi – TV miniseries Roots Maui – movie Moana MacGyver – TV show MacGyver (late suggestion by me) Melania – wife of president-elect Donald Trump (suggested by elbowin) Merrick – judge Merrick Garland, former Supreme Court nominee (late suggestion by me) Miesha – UFC fighter Miesha Tate (late suggestion by me) Moana – movie Moana Monica – Puerto Rican Olympian Monica Puig (I’m curious about the rankings in Puerto Rico specifically; Monica fell out of the top 100 in PR after 2002.) Mountain – daughter of actress Jena Malone Moushumi – TV show The Voice (late suggestion by me) Mowgli – movie The Jungle Book Muhammad – death of Muhammad Ali Murray – Chicago Cubs winning season/World Series Ode – daughter of actress Jena Malone Omran – Syrian boy Omran Daqneesh Onyx – daughter of Alanis Morissette Phiona – movie Queen of Katwe Paisley – death of Prince Prince – death of Prince (suggested by elbowin) Queen – TV show Queen Sugar & movie Queen of Katwe Regé-Jean – TV miniseries Roots Rihanna – singer Rihanna (suggested by Ebony) Rio – location of the 2016 Summer Olympics Rykiel – death of Sonia Rykiel (suggested by elbowin) Sanders – presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Simone – gymnast Simone Biles & daughter of John Legend & Chrissy Teigen Solace – daughter of Alanis Morissette Sully – movie Sully Teresa – canonization of Mother Teresa Teyana – musician Teyana Taylor (late suggestion by me) Tiffany – daughter of president-elect Donald Trump (suggested by elbowin) Trump – president-elect Donald Trump Tulip – movie Storks Usain – runner Usain Bolt (late suggestion by me) Valor – son of JWoww Vanessa – movie Deadpool (suggested by Elizabeth) Voltron – web TV show Voltron: Legendary Defender (late suggestion by me) Wade – movie Deadpool (suggested by Elizabeth) Wilder – death of Gene Wilder (suggested by m4yb3_daijirou) Wilson – movie Deadpool (suggested by Elizabeth) Wrigley – Chicago Cubs winning season Zephyr – U.S. House of Rep. (NY) candidate Zephyr Teachout, who was endorsed by Bernie Sanders. (She was born in Washington state, where Zephyr is particularly popular.) Zobrist – Chicago Cubs winning season/World Series
I’ll post the results next May, when the SSA releases the 2016 baby name data. If you don’t want to miss the results post, please
Previous rounds of the Pop Culture Baby Name Game:
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011: #1 & #2, 2010.
Two momentous things happen every year on December 2. First, Britney Spears celebrates her birthday. (Happy b-day, Brit-Brit!) Second, NBN kicks off another round of the Pop Culture Baby Name Game.
Which baby names will see significant movement on the baby name charts in 2015 thanks to popular culture (television, music, movies, sports, current events, products/advertising, video games, etc.)? Comment below with your guesses. Don’t forget to mention the pop culture influence.
Here are a few to start us off:
Adaline – the movie The Age of Adaline was released in April Arlo – the movie The Good Dinosaur was released in November Atticus – the book Go Set a Watchman was released in July Bernie – Bernie Sanders launched his presidential campaign in May Bryshere, Cookie, Empire, Hakeem, Jussie, Lola, Lucious, Lyon, Taraji, Trai – the show Empire debuted in January Denali – the mountain was renamed in August Furiosa – the movie Mad Max was released in May (suggested by Megan) Jeralean – supercentenarian Jeralean Talley died in June (suggested by elbowin) Junipero, Serra – 18th-century priest Junipero Serra was canonized in September Lucille – musician B. B. King died in May (suggested by elbowin) Margo, Quentin – the movie Paper Towns was released in July Misty – ballerina Misty Copeland became the ABT’s first-ever African-American female principal dancer in June Roland, Vanessa – the movie By the Sea was released in November Trump – Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign in June
I’ll post the results in mid-May, after the SSA releases the 2015 baby name data. If you don’t want to miss the results post, remember to
Previous rounds of the Pop Culture Baby Name Game:
2014, 2013, 2012, 2011: #1 & #2, 2010.
Which girl names increased and decreased the most in popularity from 2013 to 2014?
Below are two versions of each list. My version looks at
raw number differences and takes all 19,067 girl names on the 2014 list into account. The SSA’s version looks at ranking differences and covers the top 1,000 girl names (roughly). Biggest Increases
Raw Numbers (Nancy’s list)
Rankings (SSA’s list)
Olivia, +1,308 babies (18,366 to 19,674)
Harper, +1,296 (8,268 to 9,564)
Nora, +1,206 (3,502 to 4,708)
Ariana, +1,065 (4,396 to 5,461)
Evelyn, +1,045 (7,647 to 8,692)
Everly, +1,042 (812 to 1,854)
Daleyza, +976 (485 to 1,461)
Skylar, +957 (3,775 to 4,732)
Scarlett, +918 (5,047 to 5,965)
Paisley, +878 (3,595 to 4,473)
Aranza, +3,625 spots (4,232nd to 607th)
Montserrat, +582 (1,153rd to 571st)
Monserrat, +571 (1,162nd to 591st)
Maisie, +462 (1,120th to 658th)
Zendaya, +420 (1,312nd to 892nd)
Karter, +415 (1,383rd to 968th)
Ariadne, +411 (1,212th to 801st)
Daleyza, +358 (585th to 227th)
Thea, +358 (1,134th to 776th)
Remington, +351 (1,036th to 685th)
Here’s what the SSA says about the rise of Aranza: “The Latin soap opera “Por siempre mi amor” was aired on Univision from 2013 to 2015. The show featured a young lead character named Aranza, and obviously had its effect on naming trends last year.” (Aransa was on the
2014 debut list.)
The SSA also noted that Montserrat was the name of “the lead character in a very popular Latin soap opera” — “Lo que la vida me robó,” which aired from 2013 to 2014.
Raw Numbers (Nancy’s list)
Rankings (SSA’s list)
Sophia, -2,657 babies (21,147 to 18,490)
Nicole, -827 (3,338 to 2,511)
Samantha, -810 (6,490 to 5,680)
Addison, -762 (7,712 to 6,950)
Hannah, -748 (7,260 to 6,512)
Makayla, -711 (3,270 to 2,559)
Isabella, -623 (17,573 to 16,950)
Alexia, -607 (1,820 to 1,213)
Kaylee, -588 (5,101 to 4,513)
Alexis, -568 (4,756 to 4,188)
Miley, -405 spots (388th to 793rd)
Karly, -330 (991st to 1321st)
Britney, -315 (839th to 1,154th)
Kaya, -244 (760th to 1,004th)
Nahla, -241 (969th to 1,210th)
Rihanna, -233 (956th to 1,189th)
Kaylyn, -227 (982nd to 1,209th)
Makena, -227 (993rd to 1,220th)
Karissa, -224 (968th to 1,192nd)
Sherlyn, -217 (672nd to 889th)
I see at least 3 pop star names (Miley, Rihanna, Britney) on the rankings side.
Finally, here are the big winners and losers from the last few years:
2013: Sadie/Daleyza (biggest increases) and Isabella/Litzy (biggest decreases)
2012: Harper/Arya (biggest increases) and Chloe/Dulce (biggest decreases)
2011: Harper (biggest increase) and Isabella (biggest decrease)
2010: Sophia (biggest increase) and Madison (biggest decrease)
Change in Popularity from 2013 to 2014, Noah and Emma Top Social Security’s List of Most Popular Baby Names for 2014
U.S. Baby Names 2014: Most Popular Names, Top Girl Name Debuts, Top Boy Name Debuts, Biggest Girl Name Changes, Biggest Boy Name Changes, Top First Letters, Top Lengths
Pharrell Williams had been a successful producer (as part of
The Neptunes) since the mid-1990s, working with Jay Z, Britney Spears, Nelly, Justin Timberlake, Kelis, and others.
But he didn’t start getting attention as a
solo artist until 2003. That’s when when he released the single “Frontin’,” which peaked at #5 on the Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart in September. (Crazily enough, 2003 was also the year that 43% of songs played on U.S. radio were produced by The Neptunes.)
The same year, the baby name
Pharrell debuted impressively in the SSA’s baby name data:
2013: 16 baby boys named Pharrell 2012: 10 baby boys named Pharrell 2011: 14 baby boys named Pharrell 2010: 18 baby boys named Pharrell 2009: 16 baby boys named Pharrell 2008: 19 baby boys named Pharrell 2007: 16 baby boys named Pharrell 2006: 37 baby boys named Pharrell 2005: 31 baby boys named Pharrell 2004: 44 baby boys named Pharrell 2003: 67 baby boys named Pharrell [debut] 2002: unlisted
Not only was the name Pharrell the
top debut name of 2003, but it was also the 21st most popular debut name of all time on the boys’ list. (Variant Pharell had debuted the previous year.)
And Pharrell Williams — who has a dad named Pharaoh and a son named Rocket, incidentally — has been on the scene ever since. But 2013 and 2014 were particularly big years for him, with the success of the songs “Blurred Lines” and “
Happy,” and his new gig as a judge on The Voice.
Usage of the name cooled off after 2003, but there was a slight increase in 2013. Do you think Williams’ ongoing exposure will boost the name even higher in 2014?
Frontin’ – Wikipedia, Like the song? These guys wrote it