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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 Stranger Things
- 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 Girls
- 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
- 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.)
Here are the results of the 2013 pop culture baby name game!
But I’m writing them up a bit differently this year — I’m only focusing on 20 big winners.
How did I choose these 20? First, I eliminated all the names that didn’t see increased usage in 2013. Then I eliminated the names that saw relatively small increases in usage. Then I eliminated the names that saw more or less expected increases in usage, given their trajectories.
That left me with about 20 names that became more popular in 2013 due mainly (in some cases entirely) to pop culture influence.
The links will take you to popularity graphs.
- Increase: +1,649 baby boys (4,692 to 6,341) and +8 baby girls (36 to 44).
- Inspiration: “Duck Dynasty” character Jason “Jase” Robertson.
- Even more impressive, the name Jase increased +3,410 and +13.
- Increase: +1,112 baby boys (2,898 to 4,010) and +28 baby girls (33 to 61).
- Inspiration: The film Lincoln (2012).
- Increase: +816 baby girls (3,568 to 4,384).
- Inspiration: Singer/actress Ariana Grande.
- 4,384 baby girls is a new all-time high for Ariana. The previous high was 4,322 baby girls in 2007.
- Increase: +517 baby girls (287 to 804).
- Inspiration: Celebrity baby Everly, daughter of Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan.
- Increase: +472 baby boys (570 to 1,042).
- Inspiration: Hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar.
- 1,042 baby boys is a new all-time high for Kendrick. The previous high was 763 baby boys in 1991.
- Increase: +333 baby boys (151 to 484) and +89 baby girls (382 to 471).
- Inspiration: Celebrity baby Milan, son of Shakira and Gerard Pique.
- Increase: +194 baby boys (2,328 to 2,522).
- Inspiration: Royal baby George, son of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
- Increase: +101 baby boys (429 to 530) and +13 baby girls (44 to 57).
- Inspiration: The election of Pope Francis.
- Even more impressive, the name Francisco increased +125.
- Increase: +91 baby boys (284 to 375).
- Inspiration: Singer Bruno Mars.
- 375 baby boys is a new all-time high for Bruno. The previous high was 353 in 1916.
- Increase: +78 baby boys (1,939 to 2,017).
- Inspiration: The death of actor Paul Walker.
- Walker saw an even bigger increase (+128) but I thought Paul’s rise was more compelling as it went against a decades-long decline in usage.
- Increase: +48 baby boys (104 to 152).
- Inspiration: Singer Robin Thicke.
- Increase: +41 baby girls (345 to 386).
- Inspiration: Rihanna song “Diamonds” (2012).
- Increase: +37 baby girls (357 to 394).
- Inspiration: Texas politician Wendy Davis.
- I’m dying to see how much of Wendy’s increase can be attributed to Texas specifically. The SSA’s state lists haven’t been updated yet, though.
- Increase: +18 baby girls (11 to 29).
- Inspiration: Celebrity baby “Nori” (North), daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
- 29 baby girls is a new high for Nori. The previous high was 20 in 2009.
- Increase: +17 baby girls (17 to 34).
- Inspiration: Hunger Games (2012) character Primrose Everdeen.
- Prim, a nickname for Primrose, debuted with 7 baby girls.
- Increase: +14 baby girls (13 to 27).
- Inspiration: “Girls” character Marnie Michaels.
- Increase: +9 baby girls (7 to 16).
- Inspiration: Celebrity baby Rainbow, daughter of Holly Madison and Pasquale Rotella.
- Debuted with 16 baby boys.
- Inspiration: After Earth (2013) character Kitai Raige.
- Cypher, the name of another After Earth character, increased +4.
- Debuted with 11 baby girls.
- Inspiration: “Game of Thrones” character Sansa Stark.
- Debuted with 9 baby girls.
- Inspiration: Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.
Did any of the above surprise you?
Past PCBNG results: 2012, 2011, 2010.