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Celebrity Baby Names: Today’s hottest starbabies

When the name Mason jumped ten places to become the 2011 second most popular boy’s name in the country, it wasn’t just because more parents were noticing this pleasant occupational surname. No, anyone who had kept up with the Kardashians would know that cute little Mason Disick, featured on the E! Entertainment channel roughly a thousand times a week, had a lot to do with it.

For decades now, the names celebrities give their kids have had a tremendous effect on baby naming, one that has increased exponentially. From Ava to Willow, Maddox to Kingston, the proof is in the numbers.

So what are the latest starbaby influencers right now? We compared the fastest climbers on the Social Security list with the most popular baby names so far this year on Nameberry to pinpoint the most influential celebrity baby names today. They are:

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An unusual celebrity baby name can have an impact even when it’s in the middle place. Tina Fey’s daughters’ first names, Alice and Penelope, both helped revive those quiescent classics (a later Kardashian pick of the latter didn’t hurt either), but Penelope’s middle name, reflective of her mother’s Greek heritage, is a surprise hit. Athena rose about 50 places on the Social Security list at the most recent count, but a substantial 187% uptick in interest was shown on our site so far this year.

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