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Pop culture inspired baby names



BY MORGAN GIORDANO

Last week, news that 'Star Trek' actress Zoe Saldana is expecting twins broke, and many are anticipating the day she unveils photos of her little bundles of joy -- and reveals their names. Pop culture has a huge impact baby names in the United States. When celebrities announce the name of their newborns, many parents throughout the nation are inspired to give their children the same monikers. But the phenomenon doesn't stop there. Fictional characters from TV shows and movies do as well.

Back in 2010, character names from Stephanie Meyer's enormously popular 'Twilight' series soared to the top ten names list released by the Social Security Administration. While Jacob had already been a top-ten baby name for boys for 10 years straight, the rise of Isabella and Edward is credited to the frenzy created by the vampire series.

Isabella, Jacob, Edward, and even Cullen are tame compared to some of the more unusual names that appeared on the Social Security Administration's list of baby names in 2013. Reality TV stars, like the Kardashians, and famous Disney characters were relatively common inspirations. Personal taste for characters seems to be a factor as well. There were 43 boys named Tyrion after Peter Dinklage's complex character on 'Game of Thrones,' while no one in the United States named their son Joffrey, the 'Game of Thrones' villain who was among the most hated characters on television in 2013.

The trend of naming children after favorite fictional characters or celebrities is not new. WhitePages recently revealed to AOL that there are many people living in America who not only share an unusual first name with characters, like the 232 people named Spanky from 'The Little Rascals,' but some share both a first and last name. Those lucky enough to share a surname with famous figures can give their children very specific names. The result is Americans with full names like Peter Pan and Elvis Presley.

Click through our gallery and take a look at the craziest copycat names.

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fsaufleyudt August 03 2014 at 12:17 PM

These are the same people that voted for Obama. TWICE!

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rude August 03 2014 at 10:53 AM

Whodda thunk it........794 white trash mamas couldn't come up with a better name than Miley. At least it will take the heat off the Tiffanys of the world.

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who.gives.a.royal.rip August 03 2014 at 11:11 AM

Naming your new born baby "Miley".
Would be the same as
nicknaming your baby "*****"...
Why would a mother and dad do that?

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flmanbythec August 03 2014 at 11:58 AM

Any count on the number of DOGS named Miley? Probably as many.

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petpetdon flmanbythec August 03 2014 at 11:54 PM

How many were boys were named Justin?

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dubldee54 flmanbythec August 04 2014 at 2:40 AM

Wouldn't even name my dog Miley!...ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww.....

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'57mad August 03 2014 at 11:17 AM

just shows the furthering of the degredation of America.

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Linda '57mad August 03 2014 at 4:04 PM

The fathering of it also!

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H.Fleasklausner August 03 2014 at 10:46 AM

She isn't a singer, she's an exhibitionist.

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donstillings August 03 2014 at 7:01 PM

Why not just name your daughter "Stripperpole McBlowjob?"

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theanteektrunque donstillings August 04 2014 at 4:29 AM

Because she would get mistaken for your wife.

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donstillings theanteektrunque August 04 2014 at 1:24 PM

Get off of my wife. I just got off yours.

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lovett53 August 03 2014 at 5:25 PM

miley cyrus is a rich scum bag id never name any child of mine after a no class dumb stupid ignorant entertainer in my mind shes no lady of any sort i gues you know i dont like her

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theanteektrunque lovett53 August 04 2014 at 4:27 AM

You are very eloquent and the epitome of class and good breeding.

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RAUL August 03 2014 at 12:02 PM

"Stupidity cannot be fixed" (Ron White, Comedian)

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TR by ML Neal... RAUL August 03 2014 at 2:11 PM

You would think. Wonder how many Kardashians are out there or Beyonces. Yikes.... or worst Justin Beiber whatever the last name.....think about that sickening thought!

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Kenny Adamczyk August 03 2014 at 1:15 PM

790 of the mothers were drug addict bangers.

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