'Sex and the City' and 'Teen Mom' among the TV shows that inspired top baby names in 2010


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If you’ve noticed a bunch of little Aidens (or Aidans…or Aydans…or Aadens) cropping up out there, it’s no fluke. In fact, it’s thanks largely in part to John Corbett and his turn as the too-good-to-be-true Aidan Shaw on Sex and the City.

In a report released by The Today Show, Aiden currently ranks as the ninth most popular male baby name in the United States. The name, and its wide range of spellings, have only continued to grow over the past few years with SATC‘s Aidan winning moms-to-be over in syndication and in his appearance in last summer’s Sex and the City 2. I mean, really, who wouldn’t want a boy as sweet as Aidan?

It also likely got an added little boost thanks the adorable, spectacled Gosselin sextuplet of Kate Plus 8, who goes by the name, too (though, he’s of the Aaden variety.) 

And while they’re no match for Twilight-centric baby naming (Jacob and Isabella sit in the top spots), TV-inspired names continue to be on the rise. MTV’s Teen Mom may help prevent teen pregnancies, but it hasn’t stopped moms of any age from getting baby name ideas from them. On the list of top trendy names, Maci ranks highest for girls, while Bentley reigns supreme for boys, stemming from popular Teen Mom star Maci Bookout and her young son.

The name Quinn also found itself on the list, coming in at No. 4 for trendy girls names, which very well could have been because of Dianna Agron’s character on Glee.

Still, pop culture baby-naming, particularly from television, is not exactly new. Last year there was a report that also noticed a spike in Sookies (True Blood) and Castiels (Supernatural). Let’s just be thankful Gen Y parents didn’t get too attached to certain television characters. After all, you don’t see too many Sixes or Topangas or Donkeylips running around out there.

Do you know any kids named after television characters, PopWatchers? Better yet, did you name your child after one?

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  • Mal

    I think I speak for all the Mallory’s born in the mid 1980’s when I say we were all named from Family Ties…

    • lefty

      Mallory was the worst character in the Babysitter’s Club.

      • marilinda


  • jamie cee

    Most Unfortunate example of a Baby Girl Name on the Rise: Renesmee

    • crispy

      I would actually punch a baby if it was named that.

      • Mr. Holloway

        Would that be before or after you fell in love, er, imprinted it?

      • April

        Lol, thanks for that. I needed a laugh today. I wouldn’t punch the baby I’d punch it’s mother and father.

    • Tiffany

      OMG, people are actually naming their daughters that. . .

    • AAR

      Are people REALLY naming their babies that?!?!

  • Laura

    Our infant daughter is named Penelope. While we liked the name before the show, I must admit that we also loved Penelope Widmore in Lost.

    • Mal

      I’m not gonna lie, one of my future children may end up with a Lost-inspired name. <3

      • Stacie

        Totally. Desmond, much?

      • pastafarian


      • C’Mon

        As someone named Walter. I beg you not to do that to your child.

    • R Carr


  • Ms. Chanandler Bong

    Just be glad real people don’t take celebrity baby names..Moroccan? That’s just awful.

    • deb canacari

      They will call him Rocco or Rocky,those are cute

      • Meg

        Yeah, cute when the baby is like 3. Not so cute when he grows up to be 30. Idiots.

      • Tina

        my sons name is Rocco. What is wrong with that?

  • mscisluv

    You can’t credit “Jacob” as Twilight-inspired; it’s been the #1 most popular baby name in the US every single year since 1999 (and has been in the Top 10 every year since 1993). The first Twilight book came out in 2005.

  • Liver

    I was named after a combo of Olivia from the Cosby Show and Olivia from the Young and the Restless. I plan to name my son Pacey after the Dawson’s Creek character.

    • deedee

      I am sure he will be so proud his mom named him after a tv character! well done!

      • Liver

        Um, I was named after tv characters and I have no problem with it. Olivia and Pacey are beautiful names. I’m sorry your Mom gave you baby sounds as yours.

  • Jackie

    But remember, Donkeylips wasn’t his real name, it was a nickname. His real name was Eddie.

  • Clete

    I once suggested to a woman I knew in the office that she have her daughter name her new grandson Waldo. She made me go stand in a corner for an hour.

    • katie

      but could anyone find you there?

      • Tobey


  • Dr. Linus

    “MTV’s Teen Mom may help prevent teen pregnancies”

    I disagree. It exploits teenage mothers and shows that to become famous, have a baby too young. It’s not preventing pregnancies like some sort of PSA.

    • katie

      I am 30 and everytime I see clips of it, I want to get my tubes tied, so it works for me at least.

    • April

      They’ve actually researched it and it does educate teens.

  • Angie

    I do really like the name Jasper because of Twilight, but I think I’ll save that for the dog I’ll be getting.

    • April

      My hamster is totally named Jasper. Haha!

  • fran

    I had two co-workers separately name their daughters Meredith and Addison in the same year. Let’s hope they never find themselves fighting over a McDreamy in the future…

  • tomm

    My family refuses to use ‘trendy’ names for kids!

  • Joe

    I don’t know anybody named for a TV show, but I am going to name my first daughter Elliot after Sarah Chalke’s character on Scrubs. You could call her Ellie or Elle – cute name, great show.

    • Shannon

      There’s a girl named Elliot in my son’s kindergarten. I told my son it’s usually a boy’s name but he doesn’t believe me

  • julia

    naming my future son resse(but we are spelling it rhys) from the terminator and my future daughter lucy from lucy in the sky with diamonds.

  • Eve

    I love Gilmore Girls but none of the names sounded good for kids so my cat is named Rory. My boys are Ben and Seth and they aren’t named specifically after tv characters but it didn’t hurt that Ben Covington (Felicity) and Seth Cohen (O.C.) are two of my favorite characters!

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