Last year, pop culture baby names were all the rage, but now it seems parents are turning to Instagram for more creative inspiration.
BabyCenter just released its list of Top 100 Baby Names of 2015 and revealed that Instagram-inspired monikers were one of the hottest trends of the year. “We were a little surprised by this,” BabyCenter’s editor-in-chief Linda Murray admitted to Today.com.
“[But] there's this beautiful thing that happens with an Instagram filter. You take these precious moments in your life and it makes them even more beautiful, it enhances them. I think people have just really warm feelings about that and these names come into their consciousness.”
Surprisingly, baby names inspired by the photo sharing app aren’t bad at all! They’re “unique, but not unheard of,” Murray says, which is why parents are drawn to them. However, “no one's naming their baby X-Pro II,” she joked.
Flip through the slideshow below to see which Instagram-inspired baby names are on the rise.
To determine this trend, BabyCenter looked at data collected from 340,000 parents who registered their baby’s name on the site this year. Besides Instagram names, the site found that other hot trends included “royal” baby names, celestial monikers and, of course, gender-neutral baby names.
In 2015, the name Royalty jumped 88 per cent for girls, for instance, and Royal rose 36 per cent for boys. This trend was likely influenced by celebrities. Last year, Chris Brown named his baby girl Royalty, Lil’ Kim named her daughter Royal Reign, and Kourtney Kardashian named her son Reign.
As for celestial monikers, names like Venus, Jupiter and Sunny (for boys) rose 68, 50 and 43 per cent respectively. And finally, BabyCenter noted that River, Rory and Phoenix exploded with popularity for both boys and girls this year when it came to unisex names.