The Social Security Administration just listed the top baby names of 2011 and the leading name causing a buzz across media outlets seems to be Kardashian-empire inspired. The name “Mason,” was ranked #2 on the list of boy names and speculative minds think that it is no coincidence that this was the name of Kortney Kardashian’s son, born in 2009.
In the celebrity era of baby naming that seems to usually aim to break the trend of popularity and aim for weirdness uniqueness (ahhemm, Apple, Coco, and Moroccan), I thought it would be interesting to see if some of the top baby names of this past year may have been celebrity inspired.
Sophia (ranked #1 on the girl list) is a name that superstars like Benjamin Bratt, Jude Law, Rebecca Demornay, and Sylvester Stallone all have in common, as a little Sophia is in all their families.
Olivia (raked #4 on the girl list) was a name also chosen for the offspring of Camille Grammer and Kelsey Grammer, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor, James Van Der Beek, Lance Armstrong, and Lori Loughlin.
Ava (ranked #5 on the girl list) also topped the list of baby names for Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillipe, Heather Locklear, Martina Mcbride, Hugh Jackman, and Eli Manning.
Michael (ranked #6 on the boy list) is a popular boy name also chosen by parents, Kelly Ripa and Mark Conseoulous,Catherine Zeta Jones, Melissa Gilbert, Marie Osmond, Natasha Richardson, Mark Wahlberg, Liam Neeson, and many others.
Daniel (ranked #10 on the boy list) is the name that Julia Roberts, Patricia Heaton, Solange Knowles, Marlee Matlin, among others chose for the namesake of a little man in their lives.
And there you have it. Although stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Courtney Cox, and Victoria Beckham will likely not ever have their little ones names duplicated on a “most popular” list, it does look like many other celebrities share a liking for trending names among the mere mortal population.
For a list of all of the top ten names for 2011 for both boys and girls, click here.