Every year on December 2 (happy birthday Britney Spears!) we start another round of the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game. It’s not a “game” really, but more of a group brainstorm. Between today and next May, we try to guess which baby names saw increased usage in 2014 thanks to popular culture — music, movies, television, video games, sports, politics, current events, products/advertising, and so forth.
Here are all the 2014 predictions we’ve made so far. Many of the below come from longtime commenters elbowin and Julie — thanks you guys!
Here are three names that might see increased usage in 2014, thanks to popular culture…
I’ve been hearing a lot about Boyhood (2014) recently. The movie, which took 12 years to film, stars Ellar Coltrane as a boy named Mason. The baby name Mason has become quite popular within the last 12 years, but Ellar remains entirely off the radar. Is that about to change?
Two of the biggest storms to hit the state of Hawaii, Iniki and Iselle, both happen to start with the letter I. We know Iniki influenced the baby name charts back in the early 1990s, but we’ll have to wait and see about Iselle. What do you think — will we see more babies named Iselle in 2014?
(Ignacio, Isis, Irwin, Ileana and Ivo are the I-names on reserve for future storms in the area.)
Never overlook reality TV when it comes to baby names. A relatively new show called “Treehouse Masters” includes a cast member called Seanix. If the name Carmindy can last on the charts for 6 years, I think Seanix certainly stands a chance. What do you think?
Other 2014 predictions so far include Lammily, Lacey and Zarina. Do you have any more to add to the list?
We all know about the unrealistic proportions of Barbie dolls.
So it’s no surprise that many people are interested in seeing Lammily dolls — which have realistic proportions and minimal makeup — become a reality.
The Lammily doll was created by 25-year-old artist/researcher Nickolay Lamm of Pittsburgh.
In March of this year, and in less than one day, Nickolay’s crowdfunding campaign “exceeded his $95,000 goal to produce a first run of the Lammily doll.”
So how did Nickolay come up with the name ‘Lammily’? “It is derived from my last name and family, since my entire family helped me with the project. It purposely doesn’t sound like a common girl’s name.”
Some criticism I have received is that Lammily is a weird name. However, Lammily is for the brand, not the name of any specific doll. […] I encourage everyone who preordered Lammily to give their doll her own unique name.
Now the big question: Do you think, if interest in the doll continues to increase, that “Lammily” has a shot at becoming a baby name?
Nickolay says people are calling the name Lammily “weird,” but weird/innovative baby names are exactly what a lot of parents are looking for nowadays. And, though he claims it “doesn’t sound like a common girl’s name,” Lammily happens to have the same cadence and ending as Emily, which was the #1 baby name in the nation from 1996 to 2007.