Greatest Baby Name Influencers of All Time

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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When Jaden Smith was born in 1998, many people assumed his name was a subtle salute to mama Jada, as his sister Willow would be to father Will, few realizing it was an alternate spelling of the biblical Jadon. In any case, Jaden took off, not only engendering multiple spellings (Jadon, Jayden, Jaydon) , but a huge family of rhyming cousins—Brayden, Kaden, Caden, Kayden, Cayden, Kaiden (all in the current Top 200) and revivals of the more traditional Hayden and Aidan.

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