Top 10 Baby Names for 2011: Inspired by 'Twilight' and 'Teen Mom

TIME Magazine is bringing us the story that The Social Security Administration has put out their list of the top baby names in the United States again, and the list clearly shows that Twilight continues to have an influence on new baby names. While they acknowledge that the name Jacob was growing in popularity before Twilight, it’s taken a big jump to number one for two years. Meanwhile the name Isabella, not having made the list in recent history, has been number one for the last two years thanks of course to our Bella Swan.

Phenomena such as Twilight and Teen Mom have shown the true, semi-shocking breadth of their influence in the government’s analysis of baby-naming last year.

Isabella and Jacob, names of the female protagonist and her handsome werewolf from Twilight, reign supreme on the list for the second straight year. (Sorry, Team Edward.) True, Twilight’s Jacob, played by Taylor Lautner — i.e. the first actor you think of when wondering whose abs you could do your laundry on — isn’t entirely responsible for the popularity of the name. We know this because that appellation has been in the Top 10 for the past 12 years, but this is only Isabella’s second year to make the cut in recent history, arguably courtesy of author Stephenie Meyer.

The list is put out by the Social Security Administration (who has to have something fun to do with all those birth records), and they have a feature which shows the change in the popularity for names, giving some limelight to those who did well for themselves without making it into the Top 10. The two with the biggest jumps were Maci and Bentley, just like the young mother and young son featured on Teen Mom, following their stint on 16 and Pregnant. Another fast-riser was Knox, the name of one of those seemingly thousands of kids in Brangelina’s family entourage. Tiana, the name of the princess in The Princess and the Frog, saw a surge, as did Kellan, a name shared by Kellan Lutz, another actor from Twilight.

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Comment by JoS on May 5, 2011 at 4:19pm
Comment by Gabrielle on May 5, 2011 at 5:20pm
Anthony is Edward's Middle Name <3
Comment by Melissa on May 5, 2011 at 5:47pm
We just had a baby...I wanted to name our son Cullen Lee but my husband would not
Comment by TeamEdwardForever<333!!=) on May 5, 2011 at 6:43pm
when i grow up, im going to name my little boy Masen. lol. I love that name. I think its going to be Masen Anthony.
Comment by TwiORdiE on May 6, 2011 at 7:18am

so awesome! I'm naming my next one Isabella or Jacob....Edward is too hard of a name for a baby lol.

I thought maybe Rosalie would make the list, or Emmett...even Ephraim - i'd pick any of these.

Comment by Mary Alice Hale on May 6, 2011 at 7:56am
Yeah, Edward's not really the kind of name I imagine people giving their baby now-a-days. I might though, if I ever have kids. Maybe they don't use it because they don't like the idea of naming him after his imaginary father?


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