The Most Bizarre Pop-Culture Baby Name Trends of 2015: Instagram Filters …

3 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Instagram filters like Amaro, Reyes, and Valencia are on the rise…as baby names.

People were once laughed at for naming their children after pieces of fruit, but things have now escalated to a whole new level. Newly-released data from parenting site BabyCenter suggests that the time-honored tradition of naming your baby for transient moments in pop culture is still strong in 2015. While everyone awaits the inevitable descent into children being called “smiley face,” “dancing lady,” and “crying laughing,” modern parents have currently reached the stage where they think it is fair for the newborn to enter the world under a moniker which stems from a Facebook owned photo-sharing app.

Based on 340,000 baby names registered by parents on, the annual list shows the most popular Instagram inspired names are Lux, Juno, Reyes, Ludwig, Amaro, Valencia, and Willow. That change is particularly striking if you look at growth in last year’s most popular (non-Instagram) baby names: High-ranking names like Sophia and Emma actually decreased from 2014, with only the popular male name Jackson growing, by 5.4%. We can’t say for sure that Instagram filters are the lone causes of these name choices—Juno, for example, was also the name of a popular movie (indeed, about pregnancy) released in 2007. Yet one trend does seem particularly strong: the name Valencia has seen a 72.5% increase on BabyCenter since its launch as an Instagram filter in 2011.

In 2012, some brave parents decided their love of Apple was something they needed to pass on to their children with “Mac” and “Siri” being used. An Egyptian man felt it was the right move to call his first daughter “Facebook” in 2011, while a couple in Israel felt this was a little too broad.

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