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The 12 Biggest Baby Name Influencers of Our Time

Which famous figures have the largest influence on baby names right now?The most important baby name influencers are a fascinating mix of actors, writers, sports stars, musicians, and historical figures. What they all share: A charismatic and sometimes heroic image that can inspire parents….and their young namesakes.

Here, based on their names’ standings in the current US list of most popular names, are the biggest baby name influencers of our time.
Pamela Redmond Satran


LIAM (Neeson)

The widespread use of Number 2 boys’ name Liam can be directly tied to the ascendance of action hero star Liam Neeson. The name began its steep climb to the top in the early 90s, closely tied to the growing fame of Neeson. The name originated as an Irish short form of William, which is in fact the Irish actor’s full name. In recent years, the popularity of Liam, Number 1 in several states, has been further bolstered by that of musicians Liam Gallagher and Liam Payne.

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JH Says:

October 8th, 2015 at 11:10 pm

Yeeeesh, the only one I like is Miles. I feel like a lot of these names are super trendy.

lesliemarion Says:

October 8th, 2015 at 11:32 pm

The fact that these names are “super trendy” is the point of the article!

Lanternlight Says:

October 9th, 2015 at 3:53 am

I began my love for the name Ariana in the early-mid 1990s thanks to Ariana Richards, the young actress in Jurassic Park! I wish it hadn’t become so popular/trendy. While I still really like it, it’s now so strongly associated with both Huffington and Grande. It’s no longer slightly unusual, and I liked that it used to be (to my name knowledge anyway)!

AldabellaxWulfe Says:

October 9th, 2015 at 5:46 am

While it might be true, I personally don’t think that Ariana Huffington and Ariana Grande had anything to do with the rise in the name. In fact, I’m pretty sure it rose from virtually non-existant to super trendy shortly after the Harry Potter books, alongside Luna. But, that’s just a thought. Either way, I enjoyed the post, though I admit that I don’t fancy any of them given how watered-down and standard they all are but, they’re still perfectly viable options for others.

JulesBerry Says:

October 9th, 2015 at 9:08 am

Lesliemarion: The biggest name influencers of our time could mean popular names, not necessarily trendy. There is a difference.

Elvie23 Says:

October 11th, 2015 at 8:16 am

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