Parents turning to TV for popular baby names

Parents Turning to TV for Popular Baby Names

It's either one of the toughest or easiest decisions parents have to make: What will they name their new bundle of joy?

BabyCenter has released a list of the top baby names for 2014, and it seems like parents have been looking to their television sets for inspiration.

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Parents turning to TV for popular baby names

The top baby name for girls is Sophia. Could the character played by Madison Lintz on the first two seasons of AMC's "The Walking Dead" be the reason it's so popular?

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Emma is the next most popular -- and it is the name of the lead character on "Once Upon a Time," played by Jennifer Morrsion.

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Next up is Olivia. Kerry Washington plays the popular character of Olivia Pope on "Scandal."

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As for boys' names, Jackson is the most popular. Jesse Williams plays Jackson Avery on 'Grey's Anatomy.'
Liam came in third for boys' names, which could be because of Liam Hemsworth's rise in popularity due to "The Hunger Games."

Let's start with the girls. The top name was Sophia, which was the name of a character on the first two seasons of AMC's "The Walking Dead."

If zombies aren't really your style, the name might also come from actress Sofia Vergara, who stars in "Modern Family" -- even despite the spelling variation.

Rounding out the top three names for girls are Emma and Olivia, the names of the lead characters on "Once Upon A Time" and "Scandal," respectively.

As for boys? An ABC anchor decided to let co-host Michael Strahan know his name is no longer that popular.

"Strahan, you had a good run, my brother, but your days have come and gone. ... The name. From 1954 to 1998 your name, Michael, was the No. 1, most popular boy's name," ABC reporter T.J. Holmes said.

So if not Michael, then what? How about Jackson, Aiden and Liam.

Jackson is a character on "Grey's Anatomy."

The name Liam might be gaining popularity due to the success of "Hunger Games" actor Liam Hemsworth.

Although these names top BabyCenter's list for 2014, all six actually topped its list in 2013, too.

If you noticed the majority of these names are characters from hit ABC shows, your eyes and ears aren't deceiving you.

And ABC's parent company, Disney, is behind the animated film "Frozen," which has caused the names Elsa and Hans to move up the ranks. According to BabyCenter, the name Elsa saw a 29 percent leap, while Hans saw a 19 percent leap.

BabyCenter came up with this list from the names of the more than 400,000 babies born in 2014 and registered with its site.

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