The Obamas have helped popularize Sasha and Malia and the Palins brought increased attention to the names Bristol, Willow and Piper.Michael Jackson, an ultimate trend setter, helped further the cause of Prince and Paris (but, no, we can’t find Blanket on the charts). V., there are, of course, the omnipresent Kardashians (Khloe, Kourtney, and to a lesser extent, Kylie and Kendall have all seen upwards momentum on the naming charts).And of course there’s Dakota and Cheyenne, as well.Also on our list of trendy names are the current most popular for boys (Jacob, Ethan, Michael, etc.) and for girls (Isabella, Sophia, Emma, etc.) as well as the hyper popular surnames-turned-first-names for boys (Logan, Jackson, Landon) and for girls (Addison, Madison, Kennedy).As we’ve combed through our database, we have detected many interesting naming patterns which we might call “super trends”. Indeed, people who, in many cases, have achieved very little on their own merits, other than the talent for airing their dirty laundry for millions of us voyeurs to watch.From a pop-culture perspective, people are remarkably influenced by what celebrities are doing – and we’re not just talking about celebrities who gained fame through some skill or talent, but reality T. The “Celebrity-Culture” in which we live today far exceeds anything we’ve seen in the past, and people are increasingly mimicking what the famous are doing.
When we see this pattern, we can usually look with confidence for some pop-culture influence.
Popular prefixes and suffixes always seem to either be the “in” thing or else getting ready to jump the shark.
One such example are the ever-present boy names ending in the “-den” suffix: Aiden, Brayden, Jayden, Hayden, Kaden, and even Zayden.
Baseball players have influenced names like Moises, Ty and Nolan; while football players have added currency to names like Brady, Braylon, Eli, Emmett and Peyton.
Disney princess names have also seen big increases in usage with the release of blockbuster animated features: The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Sleeping Beauty (Aurora), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Aladdin (Jasmine), and The Princess and the Frog (Tiana).