More People Named Their Baby 'Hillary' in 2016 Than Ever Before
Baby names are a subject of controversy in pop culture: Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna just named their newborn daughter Dream and set the Internet ablaze with strangers' opinions, naturally. Perhaps they went with 'Dream' because it's an infrequently-used, unique name, but who's to say? No one's opinion on how a stranger names their child is ever really warranted, but we have to admit that it's fun to see how and why people choose the names of their kids, which is why we're stoked about BabyCenter's annual report on the most popular names of the year. There are a few surprises and trends that reflect the year in pop culture, and we can judge these upticks without feeling like total jerks. Thank you, statistics!
Although 2016 has been a particularly wild time, BabyCenter reports that the top three most popular names for boys and girls are pretty standard names; Sophia, Emma, and Olivia were the top three girl names, and Jackson, Aiden, and Lucas were the contenders for boys. Coming in the number four spot for boys, though, was Liam, which is maybe due to Liam Hemsworth's name in the headlines due to his recent reunion with Miley Cyrus. Aria was the eighth most popular name for girls, which could be a testament to the popularity of "Pretty Little Liars." Or like, it's just a pretty name. Either way.
What's more interesting than the list of top names are the trends of which names became more popular over the course of the year. As Buzzfeed reports, names pulled from characters on "Stranger Things" rose: "Dustin (up 32 percent), Mike (up 28 percent), and Joyce (up 23 percent)." People were really into tech, too, with the name Cloud going up 76 percent this year for boys. Weird but cute, as maybe the best names are, right?
Perhaps most interestingly, the name Hillary rose 64 percent, following Hillary Clinton's run in the 2016 election. The name Ivanka jumped too, but by a smaller margin of 39 percent. Donald only rose 5 percent in 2016. That kind of feels like a win, in some conciliatory way. You can check out all the results for yourself here.
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