Saturday 22 October 2016

Number of babies named after Instagram filters on the rise

Emma Clark

Published 02/12/2015 | 10:19


Some day, those with conventional names will be teased because they aren't named after fictional characters, emoji, or Instagram filters.

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Giving children unusual names is no longer exclusive to celebrities. In recent years, we’ve seen a rise in the number of kids named after fictional characters and celebrities. This year, Instagram filters seem to be all the rage.

BabyCenter analysed a list of top names for newborns and found that parents are drawing inspiration from YouTube celebrities, video game characters, characters from young adult novels, and Instagram filters.

The site doesn’t give exact numbers, just the percentage increase in the appearance of the name. So chances are that children with these names are still very much the exception.

The Instagram-inspired name Lux is up 75% on its list of baby boy names and saw a slight rise on the list of baby girl names. Filters including Ludwig (up 42% for boys), Amaro (up 26% for boys), Reyes (up 10% for boys), and Hudson (up 4% for boys) also grew in popularity.

Baby girls saw an increase in popularity for the name Juno (up 30%), Valencia (up 26%), and Willow (up 13%).

You can see the full breakdown of baby names of the year on BabyCenter; perhaps you’ll find inspiration, or simply shake your head at how parents think of children’s names these days.

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