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The 12 Biggest Baby Name Influencers of Our Time

October 8, 2015 Pamela Redmond
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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.
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HARPER (Lee)

Southern novelist Harper Lee’s first name entered the girls’ Top 1000 in 2004, the same year her beloved book To Kill A Mockingbird was widely chosen for the One City, One Book reading program. The name has zoomed up the charts in the decade since then, reaching Number 11 in 2014 and climbing to Number 1 in North and South Dakota. Parents not directly inspired by the writer may have heard of the name via its high-profile choice for the daughter of Victoria and David Beckham, picked by the little girl’s older brothers after their favorite Disney character Harper Finkle on Wizards of Waverly Place.

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show of the same name.

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