(StatePoint) What’s in a name? Apparently a lot, as popular baby names from year-to-year can reveal broader cultural trends.
According to BabyCenter’s recently released annual Baby Names Survey and the Top 100 Baby Names of 2013, more than half of moms say they found name inspiration in people they know.
“We’re seeing a growing desire among new parents to choose names with personal meaning. Grandparents are the number one source of inspiration,” says Linda Murray, Global editor-in-chief of BabyCenter, the number one pregnancy and parenting digital resource.
Despite new naming inclinations, contemporary favorites still reign supreme. Jackson moved up one spot to claim the top boy’s name, ending Aiden’s eight-year reign, and Sophia held tight as leader of the girls.
While family influence is on the rise, pop culture still has major effects on naming trends. For example, Duck Dynasty, the most-watched nonfiction series in cable history, is making a splash, with names like Korie, Mia, Sadie and Phil rising in the ranks. Likewise, many Americans glanced across the pond, taking a cue from the royal family — “George” and its variations were extra popular this year for boys and girls.
For more information on trends, and for online tools to find your ideal baby name, visit www.babycenter.com/top-baby-names.