It looks like hit movies and celebrity children were the biggest influences for New York parents when it came to naming their babies!
According to a New York City Health Department survey, the most popular baby names in 2009 were influenced by Hollywood! Last year, more than 1,400 Big Apple babies were named Isabella or Jayden — and it’s a safe bet to say they were influenced by phenomena of Bella Swan and the Twilight saga and the sons of famous celebrity parents Will Smith and Britney Spears!
Other names for new babies in the five boroughs are clearly celeb-inspired and include Usher, Rihanna, Peyton and Iman! Parents even paid homage to the New York fashion scene and top designers by choosing names like Armani and Chanel! Whoa, and we thought celebrities were the only ones who gave their kids strange names!
In addition to pop culture icons of Hollywood, parents have opted for traditional names. Biblical figures continue to be an inspiration with popular names such as Joshua and Jeremiah for boys and Esther and Genesis for girls.
Nine of the top 10 names for girls were the same as in 2008, including Sophia, Mia and Emily. As for the boys list, Alexander trumped Ryan and made it to the top 10! Hey HollyMoms, would you name your baby after a celebrity baby or a character from a hit book and movie?