‘Empire,’ Instagram and royalty are some of the pop culture influences for this year’s top baby name trends.
According to BabyCenter, a pregnancy and parenting digital resource, the name Jackson holds tight for top spot for boys, while Sophia continues to reign for the sixth year in a row on the site’s Top 100 Baby Names of 2015 list. Sophia, Emma and Olivia have now been the three most popular girl names for the past four years.
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“Our data shows that the top 10 list stays relatively stable for three to five years,” said Linda Murray, BabyCenter’s global editor in chief. “Sophia has been a powerhouse for six years, thanks to the variety of spelling options and the multiethnic, multilanguage appeal of the name. I predict Jackson’s popularity will be more fleeting. We’ll likely have a new number-one boys’ name next year.”
Here are the top 10 baby names for 2015:
The BabyCenter survey also found pop culture influenced other baby name trends in 2015. Take a look:
Instagram: The popular photo-sharing app has become a new source of name inspiration. Many of Instagram’s filter names are becoming popular including Lux (up 75 percent since 2014), Ludwig (up 42 percent), Amaro (up 26 percent), Reyes (up 10 percent), Hudson (up 4 percent) and more. Valencia (up 26 percent), Juno (up 30 percent) and Willow (up 13 percent) are on the rise for girls.
Royalty: Forget George and Charlotte. Today’s parents are choosing Royalty (up nearly 90 percent), Duchess (up 75 percent), Reign (up 54 percent), Sultan (up 26 percent), Princess (up 22 percent), Tiara (up 20 percent) and King (up 10 percent). This trend may be fueled by celebrities such as Kourtney Kardashian’s son named Reign and Chris Brown’s daughter named Royalty.
‘Empire’: Names from this hit show have skyrocketed including Dre (up 77 percent), Lyon (up 61 percent) and Hakeem (up 55 percent). The name Lucious entered BabyCenter’s baby names database for the first time in three years.
Solar system: Celestial themes this year include Venus (up 68 percent), Jupiter (up 50 percent), Sunny (up 43 percent for boys and 18 percent for girls), Gaia (means Earth, up 32 percent), Soleil (up 28 percent) and Stella (up 14 percent).
Gender-neutral: Names that work well for boys and girls is among the biggest trends this year. Wyatt (up 84 percent for girls, 11 percent for boys), Piper (up 61 percent for boys), Riley (up 48 percent for girls), Lincoln (up 47 percent for girls, 18 percent for boys), Karter (up 45 percent for girls, 9 percent for boys), Maxwell (up 39 percent for girls) and Carson (up 39 percent for girls, 14 percent for boys).