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Babies Named for Instagram Filters?

instagram, filters, baby names

I started posting on Instagram recently. Though I haven’t used the filters much, seeing them in the app reminded me of something: Babycenter.com claimed, back in late 2015, that Instagram filter names were influencing baby names. And the clickbaity claim was (of course) picked up by various media outlets: Time, People, Vanity Fair, US Weekly, TechCrunch, Mashable, etc.

But the BabyCenter.com folks (who still think Gollum is a baby name, amazingly) weren’t basing their claims on any sort of real-life baby name usage data. They were apparently just making assumptions based on their own website metrics.

In any case…it’s now 2019, and we do have access to usage data for 2015 (not to mention 2016, and 2017). So let’s use this data to determine whether or not their claim is true.

I analyzed the data for 44 names in total: 43 from filters — most current, several retired — plus the name “Lux,” which technically refers to a photo enhancement tool, not a filter. Zeroing in on usage from 2010 (the year Instagram was launched) to 2017, I noticed that…

  • 28 filter names did not see higher usage as baby names:
    • 20 had no SSA data to work with (1977, Crema, Charmes, Clarendon, Dogpatch, Early Bird, Gingham, Ginza, Hefe, Inkwell, Lo-Fi, Mayfair, Nashville, Poprocket, Skyline, Slumber, Stinson, Sutro, Toaster, X-Pro II)
    • 6 saw a decrease in usage (Aden, Brannan, Brooklyn, Kelvin, Reyes, Sierra)
    • 2 saw little/no change in usage (Ludwig, Rise)
  • 16 filter names did see higher usage as baby names:

So which, if any, of the 16 names above increased in usage because of Instagram?

Some of them, like trendy Hudson and Willow, were already on the rise by 2010. So it’s hard to know if these names were influenced at all by recent pop culture, let alone the app specifically. (Though that Juno-jump does seem significant.)

Others are associated with more than just a filter. Vesper was a Bond Girl, for instance, and Juno was a movie. So, even if Instagram was a factor, it was one of several. (BabyCenter.com’s original write-up from 2015 doesn’t even acknowledge this, e.g., “The Instagram-inspired name Lux…”)

In terms of filters actually influencing names, I think the strongest case can be made for Amaro. It wasn’t already on the rise in 2010, it did become more popular in the Instagram era, and the filter itself (as opposed to the Italian liqueur after which the filter was named) does seem to be the primary pop culture association these days.

On the other hand, Clarendon — despite being the first filter you see inside the app and, accordingly, the most-used filter overall — saw no corresponding uptick in usage on birth certificates, which is telling. (Though perhaps “Amaro” hits a stylistic sweet spot that “Clarendon” misses.)

My verdict? I’d say it’s possible that a handful of Instagram filters influenced real-life baby name usage…but I definitely wouldn’t declare that naming babies after filters was/is some sort of “hot trend,” as BabyCenter.com did.

What are your thoughts on all this? Have you ever met a baby named after an Instagram filter?

Sources: Hottest baby name trends of 2015, Photoshop Actions for Instagram’s “Lost” filters, Five New Filters – Instagram, Instagram adds new Lark, Reyes, and Juno filters, Instagram Introduces New Filter, The 10 Most Used Instagram Filters, Study: The most popular Instagram filters from around the world

Popular Baby Names in North Dakota, 2017

According to North Dakota’s Department of Health, the most popular baby names in the state in 2017 were Emma and Oliver.

Here are North Dakota’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Emma, 64 baby girls
2. Harper, 55
3. Olivia, 47
4. Amelia, 45
5. Ava, 42
6. Abigail, 34
7. Quinn, 29
8. Addison, 28 (3-way tie)
9. Ella, 28 (3-way tie)
10. Evelyn, 28 (3-way tie)

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 63 baby boys
2. Henry, 57
3. Liam, 52
4. Easton, 43 (2-way tie)
5. Noah, 43 (2-way tie)
6. Logan, 41
7. Asher, 40
8. Jack, 39
9. Owen, 38 (2-way tie)
10. Ryker, 38 (2-way tie)

In 2016, the top names were Harper/Olivia and Oliver.

In the girls’ top 10, Abigail and Quinn replace Charlotte and Nora.

In the boys’ top 10, Noah, Logan, Asher, Jack, and Ryker replace William, Mason, James, Wyatt, and Hudson. And Easton is still going strong!

There were also differences between these rankings and the SSA’s 2017 rankings for North Dakota. The SSA data has Ellie and Hazel (instead of Quinn and Addison) in the girls’ top 10, and William (instead of Ryker) in the boys’ top 10.

Source: North Dakota Fast Facts 2017 (pdf)

Biggest Changes, Baby Boy Names, 2017

Which boy names increased the most in popularity from 2016 to 2017? And which ones decreased the most?

There are a few different ways to answer this question. The SSA, for instance, likes to look at ranking differences within the top 1,000. And I like to augment their list by looking at raw number differences across all the data.

So let’s look at increases first…

Boy Names: Biggest Increases, 2016 to 2017

Rankings

1. Wells, +504 spots
2. Kairo, +423
3. Caspian, +328
4. Nova, +323
5. Colson, +323
6. Kace, +315
7. Kashton, +302
8. Koa, +294
9. Gatlin, +282
10. Bjorn, +276

Wells was influenced by Wells Adams, a contestant from The Bachelorette. Nova may have been influenced by “all those Villanova Wildcats basketball fans naming their sons in celebration of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions.”

Raw Numbers

1. Logan, +2,748 babies
2. Maverick, +1,751
3. Ezekiel, +1,350
4. Mateo, +1,181
5. Lincoln, +1,032
6. Theodore, +1,018
7. Matias, +643
8. Leo, +642
9. Jameson, +639
10. Rowan, +637

Other names that saw raw number increases in the 300+ range included Asher, Santiago, Ezra, Rhett, Waylon, and Legend.

And now let’s check out decreases…

Boy Names: Biggest Decreases, 2016 to 2017

Rankings

1. Riaan, -421 spots
2. Kylo, -245
3. Kolby, -195
4. Urijah, -189
5. Kamdyn, -189
6. Jamar, -163
7. Giovani, -160
8. Nickolas, -155
9. Chad, -155
10. Jair, -147

The higher they climb, the harder they fall: Riaan was the fastest-rising boy name of 2015, and Kylo was the fastest-rising boy name of 2016, and now they’re both plummeting in 2017.

Raw Numbers

1. Mason, -1,728 babies
2. Michael, -1,478
3. Ethan, -1,417
4. Jacob, -1,373
5. Daniel, -1,281
6. Andrew, -1,161
7. Gabriel, -1,124
8. Anthony, -1,049
9. Matthew, -994
10. Owen, -970

Other names that saw raw number drops in the (negative) 300+ range included Aiden, Jackson, Gavin, Ryder, Jase, Hudson, and Tristan.

Do you have any explanations for the name movement above? If so, please comment!

Sources: Change in Popularity, SSA, Emma and Liam Top Social Security’s Most Popular Baby Names for 2017

Popular Baby Names in Queensland, 2017

According to the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the most popular baby names in the Australian state in 2017 were Charlotte and Oliver.

Here are Queensland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Charlotte, 384 baby girls
2. Olivia, 335
3. Ava, 305
4. Amelia, 303
5. Mia, 287
6. Isla, 282
7. Harper, 244
8. Grace, 239
9. Ivy, 232
10. Evelyn, 231

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 510 baby boys
2. William, 438
3. Noah, 360
4. Jack, 348
5. Harrison, 296
6. Thomas, 289
7. Hudson, 278
8. Hunter, 273
9. James, 263
10. Henry, 259

In the girls’ top 10, Harper and Ivy replace Sophie and Emily.

In the boys’ top 10, Hudson, James and Henry replace Lachlan, Mason and Charlie

In 2016, the top two names were the same.

In the Queensland city of Toowoomba specifically, the top baby names of 2017 were Georgia and Oliver.

Sources: Charlotte and Oliver take the crown for Queensland’s most popular baby names in 2017, Top 100 Baby Names

Popular Baby Names in PEI, 2017

According Prince Edward Island’s Vital Statistics, the most popular baby names on the island in 2017 were Ava and Liam.

Here are PEI’s top girl names and top boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Ava, 11 baby girls
2. Elizabeth & Emma, 8 each (tie)
3. Ella, 7
4. Charlotte, Ellie & Sophia, 6 each (3-way tie)
5. Isla & Lilly, 5 each (tie)
6. Amelia, Aubrey, Lydia, Millie, Ruby & Willow, 4 each (6-way tie)

Boy Names
1. Liam, 12 baby boys
2. Henry & William, 10 each (tie)
3. Jackson, 9
4. Declan & Hudson, 8 each (tie)
5. Grayson & James, 7 each (tie)
6. Jacob, Joseph, Owen & Thomas, 6 each (4-way tie)

These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to December 20th.

In 2016, the top two names were Olivia (which is nowhere to be seen on the 2017 list, interestingly) and William.

Source: Here are P.E.I.’s top baby names of 2017