Babycenter’s annual survey showed that reality TV series “Duck Dynasty” inspired this year’s biggest baby name trends.
The name Korie increased by 89 percent and Mia increased by 44 percent. Other names Phil, Sadie and Silas increased by 32, 23 and 15 percent respectively.
The Babycenter’s survey confirmed the data published by the Social Security Administration in 2013. Their results also found that while Michael, Liam and Aiden made the top spot for boys’ names in the United States there is not one Irish girl’s name among the top names.
Their results showed that in 2012 the top female names chosen for babies all had a theme – an “a”. Sophia, Olivia, Isabella, Ava and Emma were all top ranked but not a Mary or Colleen in sight.
Viewers of the record breaking show “Duck Dynasty” chose names of the humorous and religious stars. The Daily Mail quoted one viewer, “Phil and Kay were high school sweethearts, a football player and a cheerleader, that got married and had four kids. Their marriage survived addiction and he came through the other side a successful business owner.”
Variations of the stars’ names were also popular. Kaylee placed 19th in the top 100 names for girls in 2013 and Kayla placed 87th.
Celebrities with negative press saw the popularity of their names decrease. Following the media frenzy around Amanda Bynes, the name Amanda decreased in popularity by 37 percent. Likewise, the name Lindsay fell by 17 percent after Lindsay Lohan’s antics.
The birth of Prince George to Prince William and Catherine in July increased the popularity of the boy’s name, although George did not break the top ten for boys. Liam placed in the third spot and actor Liam Neeson’s success may have influenced the popularity of the name.
Irish girl’s names did not break the top ten list. The top ten names for girls were Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Isabella, Mia, Ava, Lily, Zoe, Emily and Chloe. The top ten names for boys were Jackson, Aiden, Liam, Lucas, Noah, Mason, Jayden, Ethan, Jacob and Jack.
Babycenter compiled the list from more than half a million parents who shared their child’s name. Their list combined names that have the same sound, but multiple spellings. For instance, Sophia and Sofia were both listed under Sophia.
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