Paris, a one-time mythical and Shakespearean boys' name, has been shooting up the female popularity list, at least in part due to the highly publicized Paris Hilton.
The first famous Paris was a mythological prince of incredible beauty. The most recent was media darling Paris Hilton, inspirer of a generation of baby-girl namesakes. But since Pierce Brosnan and other celebs have continued to use it for their sons, the name retains some masculine identity. For girls, it jumped from #464 to #412 in the past year alone.