Surprising Names: And the forces behind them

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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Briella Calafiore, a TV hairdresser on two reality shows: the Style network’s Jerseylicious (which Google calls a docusoap) and spin-off Glam Fairy, appears to have triggered the biggest jump on the girls’ side, with Briella advancing from 891 to 497: 394 spots, and affirming the fact that parents are loving all names ella. Cousin Brielle has also risen 66 spots.

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