2010, in Pop Culture and Baby Names

While (no shocker) Aiden and Sophia head the baby-name popularity lists, a little further down on the lists, you’ll find some surprises. Say, Betty. Or… Apollo.

What’s causing the spike in names like these? Take a look back through last  year’s big events, and the answers become clear. “Mad Men” grew in popularity right along with the (character) name Betty, as did “Glee” and the names Quinn and Finn. There was also the Sarah Palin effect, with her daughters’ names Bristol, Piper and Willow rising in the polls. (Shoutout to Willow Smith of “Whip My Hair, too!) Demi and Tiana? Look no further than your latest Disney Princesses. And on the male front, names like Bode, Shaun and Apollo caught on after the winter Olympics.

Use our baby-namer tool to find the right name for you, then create a poll to get others’ opinions.

And, here’s more on the top names of 2010.

Tell us: Would you name  your child after a pop-culture influence? What are your favorite up-and-coming names?

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  1. by klm

    On December 3, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Wow, parents of Quinns and Finns better hope that Glee doesn’t get canceled anytime soon… or that they don’t just lose interest in it.

  2. by Paige

    On May 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    How about Jason Lee’s “Pilot Inspektor” son? How awful. And Mariah… naming your kid after your house decor? I’d have to name my kid “Got That On Craig’sList” LAME!!