NEW YORK (AP) - Maybe it's the ultimate sign that New York City's up-and-coming borough has finally arrived: 'Brooklyn' is now one of the nation's most popular baby names.
Over the past two decades, 'Brooklyn' as a name for girls has surged from No. 912 to the top 30 in each of the last three years.
Some credit soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, for naming their son Brooklyn. Some cite actress Brooklyn Decker. Others point to "Girls" and the other TV shows and movies that tap into the borough's gritty, cool vibe.
But one thing is clear: Of the 41 states where Brooklyn is now the most popular girl's name beginning with B, New York is not among them.
Real Brooklynites say naming your child 'Brooklyn' is strictly for out-of-towners.
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'Brooklyn' is now one of the most popular baby names in the U.S.
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 04: Brooklyn Decker attends the 2014 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 05: Ashlee Simpson (C) and son Bronx Mowgli Wentz (L) arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Planes' held at the El Capitan Theatre on August 5, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Actor Orlando Bloom attends American Theatre Wing's 68th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 17: NBC's TODAY co-host Savannah Guthrie at the NBC's TODAY Show on June 17, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 10: Socialite Paris Hilton arrives at Maxim Hot 100 at Pacific Design Center on June 10, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
Colombian Singer Shakira shows her son, Milan, his new Colombian passport, in Cartagena on February 24, 2014. Shakira is in Colombia for the inauguration of a school funded by her foundation 'Barefeet' in the neighborhood Loma del Peye in Cartagena. AFP PHOTO/Manuel Pedraza (Photo credit should read MANUEL PEDRAZA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK NY - FEBRUARY 09: Brooklyn Beckham (L) sighting on February 9, 2014 in New York City.
(Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Ireland Basinger Baldwin attends American Icons with Ryan Lochte and Ireland Basinger Baldwin at Macy's Herald Square on May 21, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Macy's)