It’s no secret that popular culture influences baby name trends, but which characters and products inspire parents can sometimes come as a surprise. We would have thought that murderous villains and well priced, highly rated sedans with great safety features would have not made the baby list for 2017, but little ones named Cersei and Camreigh prove otherwise.
In the United States, the Social Security Admission has now released their findings on new baby names for 2017 and while Game of Thrones-inspired names like Arya, Theon and Khaleesi have been popular baby names for a few years, Cersei is now making its move onto the list. And when Cersei makes moves, we all step back. The SSA tracks data on new names that appear five or more times in a given year and in 2017 they found that 11 babies were named Cersei. But only one can sit on the Iron Throne…or the Iron High Chair, in this case.
As for the new name with the highest debut in 2017–parents are looking as far as their garage, with 91 babies named Camreigh, pronounced Camry, as in the Toyota. The name Camry first started to gain popularity in 1997, but has since then fallen out of fashion, with no new Camrys or Camreighs born in 2016. That changed last year, with the name once again gaining in popularity. Camreigh – let’s go places.
The common practice of replacing the ‘y’ with ‘eigh’ is something that parents across the US and Canada appear to be fond of, with names like Paisleigh, Everleigh, Harleigh, Marleigh, and Charleigh rising in popularity in 2017.
Following Camreigh, the next most popular new name also has roots in pop culture. Ashad comes in at number two, likely thanks to DJ Khaled’s son Ashad, who the producer brings with him to award shows and features in all his music videos and Instagram stories.
The impact of TV continues to have a strong hold on parents deciding what to name their children. The name Nancy went up in popularity in 2017, most likely due to a character in Stranger Things. Actors and musicians like Alessia Cara, Saorise Ronan, Reese Witherspoon and Blake Likely appear to be influencing baby names as well, with Alessia, Saorise, Reese and Blake all gaining in popularity in 2017.