Surprising Names: And the forces behind them

May 17, 2012 Linda Rosenkrantz

Unless you follow every reality series on the Oxygen and Style networks, Spanish soccer, country music and the contemporary cartoons, you might be hard pressed to figure out the sources behind some of the names that are suddenly rising in popularity. Yes, you may know that Number 2 boys’ name Mason is Kardashian-related, and that the Beckhams gave girls’ name Harper a big boost, but what’s with Iker? Brantley and Briella, Archer and Angelique?  Here’s a guide to the probable sources of the success of these surprising names on the rise.


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Who inspired the fastest rising boys’ name in America? The most logical suspect is country singer Brantley Gilbert, though others have suggested that Baltimore Ravens quarterback John Brantley might have contributed as well. Brantley went from 736 to 320—a leap of 416 places.


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