Singular Stars Inspire Hit Baby Names

February 26, 2015 Abby Sandel

by Abby Sandel

They’re so famous that no last name is required. This group of Grammy-winning hitmakers has changed what we listen to, what we wear, and yes, how we name our children. The biggest names in music have inspired some of the fastest-rising baby names in recent years, from the now well-established Aaliyah to the astonishing debut of Jayceon. Which names will leap from the Billboard Hot 100 to the baby name popularity charts next?


Aaliyah Haughton was just twelve years old when she signed her first recording contract, and only 22 when she died in a plane crash. In the decade between, the Princess of R&B’s given name became a sensation. Aaliyah’s debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, was released in May 1994. That same year, over 1,400 girls were named Aaliyah - up from just 22 the year before. The name has been in the US Top 100 every year since the singer’s tragic death, and has inspired countless respellings and variations, from Alia to Kaliyah.

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Abby Sandel is nameberry's Senior Editor and resident Name Sage. Look for her baby name news round-ups every Monday, and her Name Sage columns on Wednesdays. Abby is the creator of the baby name blog Appellation Mountain and mom to Alex and Clio. For a chance to have your questions answered, contact Abby at

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