Do Celebrity Parents Impact Baby Name Statistics?
Do celebrity parents really have a big impact on what new moms and dads name their babies? We spoke to BabyCenter, the number one online destination for new and expecting moms, which has the largest, most comprehensive baby name database in the world: Over 100,000 names, origins and meanings. For 2008, Emma has returned to the top of the Girl Name list after slipping to number 2 last year, and Aiden continues its reign at the top of the Boys list for the third year in a row!
We all know celebs consistently push the envelope when it comes to picking a name for their newborns. Will the name Bronx be in the top 10 names for 2009 because of Ashlee and Pete Wentz? The name Jayden — Britney Spears‘ and Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith‘s name choice — is #2 this year. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt named one of their newest additions Vivienne. Vivienne is ranked #1128 on BabyCenter and its Latin origin means “Alive.” Will Vivienne climb the charts next year?
Nicole Richie and Joel Madden decided on Harlow for their baby girl, turning one in just a few weeks. Harlow is ranked #3659 on BabyCenter and has spiked in population since 2007. The number of baby Harlows has increased tremendously in the past year!
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The name Ava has been a popular one for girls amongst many celebs, including Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe and more recently, Jason Priestley and Caroline Rhea. Did Reese and Ryan start this trend? The name Ava has shot up the baby name list in the past eight years, and sits at #6 for 2008.
Mathew McConaughey and his girlfriend Camila Alves named their little boy Levi. Levi is ranked #150 on BabyCenter and its Hebrew origin means “joined to.”
Jessica Alba and Cash Warren named their baby girl Honor. The name Honor was popular between 2002-2004 and then declined in ranking. Honor has come back in popularity this year and has spiked in the rankings from last year. Currently it is #3254.
BabyCenter.com, the largest online resource for expectant and new parents around the world, has nurtured more than 100 million parents since its launch in 1997.