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One Of The Fastest-Rising Most Popular Baby Names: 'Palin!'

Thu, April 7, 2011 12:36pm EDT by 143 Comments

Courtesy of TLC

Sarah Palin is a controversial political figure, to say the least! But that hasn’t stopped rising numbers of parents from choosing her surname as their baby’s first name!

Is Sarah Palin, the public face of the Tea Party, actually influencing baby name choices in America? According to, the answer is: “You betcha!” Research shows that the name “Palin” tripled in popularity between 2008 and 2009, when the controversial Alaskan shot to fame as the Republican Party’s candidate for vice-president. And the “Palin effect” doesn’t stop there—the names Bristol, Willow and Piper are trending “up” also!

Other political names, like Barack and Biden are on the rise, too, but Palin remains more popular than both. Wow, go figure!