December 3rd, 2010
12:06 PM ET
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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