How Reality TV and Other Stars Influenced the 2013 Most Popular Baby Names List

By Ambika Thakur | 4 years ago

The Social Security Administration has recently released its popular baby names list for 2013. The surprising fact is “Duck Dynasty” is behind the naming inspirations. Although the fact is peculiar, it’s actually true. Read on to learn more about how reality TV and other stars including “Duck Dynasty,” Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Shakira and The Game influenced the 2013 most popular baby names list.

The five most popular names for girls in 2013 are:

  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Isabella
  5. Ava

Meanwhile, the five most popular names for boys in 2013 are:

  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. Jacob
  4. Mason
  5. William

Laura Wattenberg, owner of the web site name Baby Name Wizard, dug deeper into the data and shared the fastest-rising names of 2013 which include:

For boys:

  • Jayceon (No. 206, up from No. 1,017)
  • Jase (No. 89, up from No. 270)
  • Milan (No. 484, up from No. 1,159)

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For girls:

  • Daleyza (No. 585, up from No. 3,769)
  • Everly (No. 383, up from No. 907)
  • Sadie (No. 50, up from No. 120).

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The most interesting point to note in these baby names is that these all have connection to reality TV — and the leading show influencer is “Duck Dynasty.”

“Reality TV stars are the biggest source of new names today. There is no question that, against all odds, the bearded guys from Louisiana are big style makers. ‘Duck Dynasty’ hits both the boys and girls lists with Jase and Sadie,” stated Wattenberg in a Yahoo Celebrity report.

Furthermore, the baby name Jayceon came into vogue because of the reality series “Marrying The Game.”

As for Daleyza, that name is very familiar to the viewers of the Spanish-language reality series “Larrymania.” Daleyza is the name of one of the daughters of series star and singer Larry Hernandez.

There are other silver screen celebrities who are also influencing baby names. The list is led by “2012 PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive” Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan, who welcomed their daughter Everly, last May 2013. The list follows “The Voice” coach Shakira, who has helped popularize the name Milan, after giving the name to her son in January 2013.

“Shakira is from Colombia, but she’s of Lebanese heritage and her name is Arabic. We ended up with a big spike of Latinas named Shakira because of her,” said Wattenberg in the same Yahoo Celebrity report.

“Now we’re getting all these Latinas named Milan. It is a very traditional name in Eastern Europe, but in the U.S. it sounded like a city — until now,” added Wattenberg.

And that’s how reality TV and other stars including “Duck Dynasty,” Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Shakira and The Game influenced the 2013 most popular baby names list. For more entertainment news, visit Movie News Guide (MNG) regularly.

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I am an Indian native filled with charm, a sense of humor, style, and a passion for writing. I am an instinctive artist and writing prose and verse since I was 15 years old. I first realized my dreams of becoming a writer at age fourteen and wrote an anthology of Hindi poems. My academic background includes: FDCT ( Fashion Design and Clothing Technology), MA in English, M Sc. in Ecology and Environment Science, and M. Phil. in Sustainable Development. I write on Entertainment, Fashion, Lifestyle, and Sustainable Development.