NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - “Aiden” and “Madeline” may have been the top baby names this year, but it’s celebrities who have had the most influence on new parents, boosting the popularity of monikers such as “Miley,” “Rihanna” and “Kingston.”
Baby naming website nameberry.com (www.nameberry.com) said names moving fastest up the popularity ladder included Khloe, after reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, various spellings of Marley, after the romantic comedy film starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, and Miley, after teen star Cyrus.
“While the biggest baby name news of the year was Emma’s rise to claim the number one spot for girls’ names, the names moving fastest up the popularity ladder were influenced by stars, their babies, the characters they play, even reality shows and news stories,” Nameberry creator Pamela Redmond Satran said.
Other celebrity inspired names included Rihanna, after the pop star, Hayden after actress Hayden Panettiere and Malia, inspired by President Barack Obama’s daughter.
For the boys, Kingston, the name of pop star Gwen Stefani’s son, was becoming increasingly popular, as was Milo, the son of actress Liv Tyler, River, the name of actress Keri Russell’s son, Kobe, as in basketball star Bryant and Jude, after the actor Law.
Fictional characters are also inspiring parents, with the website listing Sloane, the name of a character on TV show “Entourage” becoming more popular for girls while all the names
from the hit vampire movie franchise “Twilight” — Edward, Cullen, Bella, Esme — were becoming favorites.
Another website had earlier listed Aiden or Madeline as the top names for boys and girls in 2009, while Jacob and Emma were the most popular of the decade
Writing by Miral Fahmy; Editing by David Fox