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From Dexter to Quinn: Baby names from pop culture

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How much does pop culture influence baby name trends? The most recent list of the top baby names from the Social Security Administration  proves that names from movies and TV shoes have a huge influence, as names from The Twilight Saga (Isabella andJacob) are at the top of the charts. Reality TV also has a huge influence, as we are seeing a rise in “K” baby names (thanks to the Kardashians) and even names from Teen Mom are becoming more popular.

Cool baby names from movies

Some of our favorite movie characters also happen to have equally cool names. For example, we love the name Noah from The Notebook and Katniss from The Hunger Games. Here are more examples of great baby names from movies:

  • Neo: The Matrix
  • Ariel: Footloose
  • Gatsby: The Great Gatsby
  • Elle: Legally Blonde
  • Maximus: Gladiator
  • Tiana: The Princess and the Frog
  • Bodhi: Point Break
  • Summer: 500 Days of Summer
  • Juno: Juno

Also check out: Baby names inspired by The Hunger Games

Edgy vampire baby names

Thanks to the mega popular franchise The Twilight Saga, along with TV shows like The Vampire Diaries and True Blood, vampires and vampire names remain popular. The name Cullen, which is the last name of Edward Cullen in Twilight, is moving up the baby name charts, as well as the vampire names Jasper and Emmett.

Check out more edgy vampire baby names below:

Also check out: Vampire names from film and literature

Baby names from popular TV shows

We have to admit we were a little shocked to find out that the names Maci and Bentley from Teen Mom (Maci is the name of the teen mom and Bentley is her son) were the names climbing the baby name charts the fastest. We have rounded up more cool baby names from TV that are sure to be the hottest names on the playground.

Celebrity baby names

Celebrity baby names are cool, unique – and yes, often leave us scratching our heads, as we are still trying to wrap our mind around Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter, Apple. We often seen new baby name trends emerge after a popular celebrity has a baby. For example, we expect to see more number baby names after Victoria Beckham named her daughter Harper Seven. Beyonce and Jay-Z gave their daughter the unusual name of Blue Ivy Carter, however we wouldn’t be surprised if colorful baby names became the new trend.

Old fashioned baby names are a huge celebrity trend, with names like Bingham, Agnes, Felix, Milo and Hattie given to the newest batch of celebu-tots.  Names with the letter “x” have a unique and edgy sound that many celebrities love, for example Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have named three of their kids Maddox, Pax and Knox.

Check out more cool “x” baby names here

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