This year’s list of the Hottest Baby Names evidently proved that even if we don’t get dragged into the hype, “The Hunger Games” books and newly-released movie have made an incredible influence on today’s pop culture. On the other hand, many of the popular baby names this year have followed the same patterns as previous decades. With every new celebrity mom, there comes a new trending baby name. Hollywood has proved to be a strong inspiration for today’s most desired baby names.
Nameberry released their list of individual names that have gained the highest amount of attention compared to last year’s list. If you aren’t familiar with “The Hunger Games,” you may be puzzled as to why you haven’t heard of many of these trending names:
Rue: As one of the main protagonists of “The Hunger Games,” this name has become quite popular for newborn girls. As the little girl that the audience fell in love with in the film, the name is petite and simple like her true character. The name lies beautifully on its own rather than being short for a more complex first name.
Emmett: This name rose during the hype of the “Twilight” series which emerged a couple years back. However, the encouragement of this name could be attributed to the popularity of female names like Emily and Emma.
Weston, Wesley and West: These three names have a variety of cultural influences they could have come from. This name has more of a masculine vibe to it rather than some of the other names on the list. The strongest impact of this popularity is likely due to “The Office’s” Jenna Fisher naming her newborn Weston this year.
Adele: Even if you don’t prefer to listen to today’s mainstream tunes, it’s almost impossible to escape hearing the name Adele on a day-to-day basis. The British pop singer Adele’s popularity exploded over the past year with her Grammy-winning album “21.” I’d like to believe most parents are hopeful that if they name their baby after this starlet, they might develop into a groundbreaking musician like herself.
Grayson and Gray: First was Jason, then there was the rise of Kourtney Kardashian’s baby’s name Mason, and now Grayson? While this name was more popular decades ago, it has rose to become more popular over the past year. Possible attribution of this popularity can be credited to ABC’s new series “Revenge” focusing on the Grayson family.
Aria: This name is short and sweet, similar to the character I believe it got its popularity from. Aria, from ABC Family’s teen drama “Pretty Little Liars,” is a petite brunette with an artistically rebellious side to her. The series gained tremendous popularity after the season 2 finale, which can be credited to the rising use of the name in the past year.
Cyrus: This name could be considered androgynous for many parents. It is considered to be a boy’s name due to its ancient Roman influence. In contrast, the other side of its popularity can be attributed to the teen pop star Miley Cyrus, who probably won’t escape the center of the media’s attention for years to come.
Estelle: This newly trending name has both evident royal and Hollywood influence. After Sweden’s majestic couple named their newborn Estelle earlier this year, the name expanded past European borders. In addition, the R&B singer Estelle traveled from the U.K. to the U.S. to release her new album that includes collaborations from Trey Songz, Chris, Brown, Rick Ross, and more.
Cato: The appearance of “The Hunger Games” influence strikes again! Although Cato was the central antagonist in the saga, the name has a unique ‘o’ ending which is hard to pull off in a fashionable name. In essence, the name has Roman influence as it was mentioned in Shakespeare’s famous play “Julius Caesar.”
Blythe: As a name that derives from the emotion ‘happy,’ it makes sense that new parents have a high admiration for this new name. However, while Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t gain much approval for naming her daughter’s first name Apple, there was heightened appraisal for her middle name, Blythe.
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