Greatest Baby Name Influencers of All Time

March 2, 2012 Linda Rosenkrantz

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:


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There probably were some 18th century kids named Washington Williams or Adams Adcock, but it was with the third president that namesaking after the Commander-in-Chief would became a lasting tradition. Jefferson has been consistently on the bestseller list, while Jackson is the current top ex-Prez name at Number 25. Of course Jefferson was helped by its attractive nickname Jeff—much better than Wash.


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