A couple of days ago, the New York Post printed this quote from Charlize Theron:
There’s a baby-naming boon in my native South Africa. Parents giving their infants my name. I grew up on a farm outside Benoni, where large numbers of local girls, one out of every three, are now called Charlize.
It’s quite a claim. But I can’t find any data to back this up. And it should be noted that Benoni is not a tiny place — it’s a city of 160,000 residents.
Here’s how one South African writer reacted:
Speaking of self-absorption… our very own Charlize Theron is not in the least shy of self-promotion. She’s just been gushing over how South Africans love her so much that we’re all naming our daughters Charlize. […] Yes, really, more than 30% of all girls in Benoni are named Charlize.
Has anyone seen evidence of even a single baby in the Benoni area being named Charlize after the actress?