the top 1,000 baby names

I don’t have any children, but I love the blog on the Baby Name Wizard website. The new data from the Social Security Administration on 2011 baby names is out, and Laura Wattenberg’s posts about it are fascinating. She just did this post on the fastest-rising names, which usually reflects pop culture in interesting and unexpected ways.

I thought surely Pippa would be a big hit last year, but apparently there just weren’t that many takers.

Among the big-bump names were Aria (which Laura attributes to Game of Thrones), Mila (like Kunis), and Milania (like Giudice, on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, or Donald Trump’s wife). Weird, right? (Oh, also, this might be a good time to point out that no, I’m not @thefauxmilaniag on Twitter.)

What’s interesting is that even if there is a pop culture connection, none of these are names so unique that they’re exclusively associated with celebrities or characters — like Pippa or Suri, neither of which has ever cracked the top 1,000.

The only celebrity infant connection Laura notes is Harper — the second-fastest rising name, given to you-know-who last year. I had heard it a lot, even before the Beckhams gave it to their baby, so I don’t think it’s exclusively related to Posh’s name choice.

I still wish they had named her Santa.

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