Which one of you named your kid after that girl from Teen Mom? Show yourself!
Here’s a scary thought: MTV’s Teen Mom is inspiring more than just chastity and trips to Planned Parenthood. Young mom Maci Bookout and her son Bentley — who star on the basic cable cautionary docu-drama — have encouraged some new parents to follow in their naming footsteps.
The Social Security Administration (SSA), which tracks baby names in the US, announced the top baby names of 2010 on Thursday and the Twilight-esque favorites — Isabella, Jacob, and Aiden — are reigning supreme again. The SSA also tracks the names that are making the biggest leaps and in popularity. That’s where Maci and Bentley come in. The monikers have become the fastest-trending names in the nation, according to government officials. Laura Wattenberg, author of “The Baby Name Wizard, says the growing popularity of docu-series-related tags serve as a living testament to the far-reaching effects of reality on the small screen.
“This will be the year people pay attention to the effect that reality TV has on baby names. A pregnant teenager is America’s top name-style maven…We like names that feel familiar, but we don’t actually know anybody with that name. Familiar but fresh.”
Incidentially, an informal study recently carried out on Wattenberg’s blog listed Bentley No. 7 on the list of most hated baby names for boys.
The most popular names in America for girls are:
And the top boys’ names are: