BabyCenter recently released its annual Baby Names Survey and the Top 100 Baby Names of 2015. And among all of the traditionally popular names — like top spots Jackson and Sophia — there were a myriad of names firmly entrenched in the modern age.
For example, many people chose to name their babies after filters from the omnipresent photo-sharing app Instagram. The most popular options were, in order, Lux, Ludwig, Amaro, Reyes, Hudson, and Kelvin for boys. Valencia, Juno, and Willow are on the rise for girls.
"This is the first time we've seen technology break through as a source of name inspiration," Linda Murray, editor in chief of BabyCenter, said in an announcement. "Photo-sharing is a daily and emotional part of Millennials' lives, and those two ingredients can trigger love for a name."
TV has always been a big influencer in baby names, which is why it is perhaps not that surprising that the show Empire has had a hand in the growing use of Dre (up 77%), Lyon (up 61%), and Hakeem (up 55%). The name Lucious has also appeared for the first time in three years.
Retro hippie names must be in again, especially those with celestial inspiration like Venus (up 68%), Jupiter (up 50%), Sunny (up 43% for boys and 18% for girls), Gaia (meaning earth; up 32%), and Soleil (up 28%) are all on the rise.
The website uses data from more than 340,000 American babies, thanks to user information registered on their website every year and an annual
survey asking new parents about why they chose the names they did.
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