Would you name your son Jesse James?
December 3rd, 2010
12:06 PM ET

Would you name your son Jesse James?

Turns out parents don’t like naming their children after Hollywood’s unfaithful husbands. Their adored Hollywood wives, however, are another story.

While the name Jesse, as in Jesse James, becomes less popular on BabyCenter.com’s annual Baby Names Survey, Sandra continues to creep up the list, according to the site’s editor in chief, Linda Murray.

“For the most part, parents are drawn to positive celebrity images,” Murray said.

Speaking of positive images, Disney Channel’s Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato have likely inspired parents. Though their names are not among the most common, they are quickly gaining popularity. Selena is definitely more popular than Demi, Murray said. Could that have something to do with Lovato’s recent trip to a treatment facility for “emotional and physical issues?”

But sometimes it’s not a celebrity’s image that inspires parents… it’s their children.

Murray refers to one instance of this as “The Sarah Palin Effect.” While the name Sarah hasn’t had much movement on the list of most popular baby names in recent years, Palin’s children’s names – Bristol, Willow and Piper – are quickly climbing the list. The Palin boys, however, are not doing so well, Murray says.

The name Jayden may have Will Smith and Britney Spears to thank for its No. 5 spot on the list of boy’s names, while the No. 6 girl’s name, Ava, belongs to Reese Witherspoon’s daughter.

TV shows are also a common place to look for inspiration, as “Glee’s” Finn and Quinn make their way up the list. Also, retro names like Betty, Don and Roger are making a comeback thanks to “Mad Men.”

Aiden has nabbed the No. 1 spot for boys for six years in a row - most likely because of John Corbett‘s likeable character on “Sex and the City,” Murray said.

The top 10 girl’s names of 2010:


The top 10 boy’s names of 2010:


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  1. Carol

    I know this blog is old but this has been a topic of contention for me for quite some time. I can not stand that people continue to name thier sons Jesse James. This has nothing to do with Jesse James the unfaithful husband but Jesse James the criminal outlaw of the late 1800's. It has always bothered me that a mother would want to name their child for a murderer. A man who shot people in the back, robbed them and went on to do it over and over again. Yes Jesse James lived a short period of his life without killing but as soon as his money from previous robberies ran out he was at it again with the Ford brothers. I think that his fate was perfect. It was justice that he was shot in the back of the head and I am happy that his life ended as he ended the lives of so many.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Casey

    Somer is NOT a brat Somer is AWESOME and you guyz are just JEALOUS!!!! 😛

    May 10, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. somer

    i do not agree u are the jerks and stuck up losers and i wud say more but im gona handle this at school and teacher will be involed

    April 24, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |

    I AGREE!!!! i heard she's a jerk

    December 6, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
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    December 6, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Hanna Overbey

    Somer Demers is a stuck up little BRAT

    December 6, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Candice

    I don't know why you would want to use the most popular name on this list. I love that I never met another Candice until I was an adult. I have 5 friends who all named their boys Aiden within a year of each other. It's sad they couldn't be more original.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gyno Dyno

    Poor guy, why doesn't anybody ever speak up for man's rights, only when we perceive that a pretty actress was discomforted in some way?

    Maybe she was so mean, and domineering to him that he had to lash out? Maybe she psychologically abused him by flaunting her wealth at him, or using their children as pawns in her twisted game?

    December 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Posh-Kenneth

      @Gyno Dyno- dont say dumb stuff dude. Sandra Bullock is a freakin saint. I mean... she helped save all those people on that bus when some wacko strapped a bomb to it. Oh wait a sec....

      December 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Becky (James) Cormier

    My father's name is Jesse James. No relation to Sandra's X, nor the outlaw.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Michelle McGee

    I have some information that will bring Jesse James down.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |

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