Which people over time have had the greatest influence on baby names in the U.S.? We’ve collected the top dozen individuals who’ve inspired millions of namesakes, often in unexpected ways. Sometimes it was an actual name that went viral; in other cases these people set off a wider-ranging trend. Here, the greatest baby name influencers of all time:
Not since the Virtue Names of the Puritans have so many new words morphed into names. In recent years we’ve seen everything from the ridiculous (Peanut, Pirate) to the sublime (Serenity, Dream), and lately there’s been a rush of new weather, seasonal, and directional names. What’s next? Here are a few possibilities.