Data shows patriotism, politics influencing parental decisions
The names of the two presumptive presidential nominees in the US are influencing American parents in naming their babies, according to data collected by BabyCenter.
Halfway through 2016, BabyCenter, the parenting digital resource, is tracking the impact of the upcoming election on baby names. Of the more than 115,000 baby names registered on BabyCenter so far this year, the two nominees are on top spot, and there is an overall sense of patriotism affecting naming decisions.
The presidential hopeful serving as the biggest source of inspiration is Hillary Clinton and her family. The name Hillary rose 142 percent since this time last year, while the name Bill increased 113 percent, Chelsea jumped 18 percent, and Charlotte is up 17 percent.
The name Donald also increased in popularity since last year, jumping nearly eight percent. Trump family names, including Melania and Ivanka, are also on the rise, up 36 percent and four percent respectively.
“A presidential election is a big deal, and new parents who choose names like Hillary and Donald are placing a bet that their new baby will share the name of the next American president,” said Linda Murray, BabyCenter Global Editor in Chief. “In a sense, they’re already voting for their favorite candidate. Time will tell whether they picked a winner or the next John Kerry or Mitt Romney.”
In addition to being a Broadway smash, Hamilton is serving as an inspiration for baby names among new parents. In fact, the name Hamilton soared nearly 60 percent since this time last year.
“The combination of Hamilton‘s success and the election year has parents feeling patriotic,” said Murray. “When parents reach into history to select a leader’s name for their child, it’s usually because they feel inspired by that person’s values and legacy. The Broadway show’s multi-ethnic, cross-culture story speaks to millennial parents. Hamilton is the new Lincoln or Madison.”
Other names from the show that have increased in popularity include Jefferson (up 171 percent), James (up 25 percent for boys), Maria (up nearly 22 percent), and George (up nearly 21 percent).
Later this year, BabyCenter will announce the results of its highly anticipated annual Baby Names Survey and the Top 100 Baby Names of 2016.
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