US baby names reference reality TV

Last updated 17:17 15/05/2012
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ARE YOU KIDDING ME? We can only hope Jerseylicious, which popularised the name Briella, is still on air in 20 years' time.

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Oh boy. It looks like reality TV is influencing the names people choose for their children. This could be the first sign of the apocalypse.

The US Social Security Administration has just released its annual list of baby names. And Time has picked up on the fact that Mason - the name of Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick's 2-year-old son - has leaped in popularity. It is now the second most popular name for boys in the US.

"It shows what we're paying attention to, what we're thinking about," Laura Wattenberg, creator of the website told AAP.

"Today, you can't walk through a supermarket without learning more than you hoped to know about the Kardashian family. That's just reality."

It wouldn't be the first time reality television made an impact on the list. Last year, MTV's hit show Teen Mom made the names Maci and Bentley, after the young mother and son on the show, popular: Bentley was the 100th most popular name for boys after failing to appear in the top 500 in 2009.

Unfortunately it seems that girls haven't escaped the reality TV influence. The fastest rising name for girls was Briella, which jumped 394 spots, to No 497. Briella Calafiore stars in Jerseylicious, a reality TV show about battling stylists at a beauty salon in New Jersey.

It's also interesting to note that Isabella and Jacob - names ripped from the pages of The Twilight Saga - are near the top of the lists for the second straight year.

Here are the lists:


1. Jacob

2. Mason

3. William

4. Jayden

5. Noah

6. Michael

7. Ethan

8. Alexander

9. Aiden

10. Daniel


1. Sophia

2. Isabella

3. Emma

4. Olivia

5. Ava

6. Emily

7. Abigail

8. Madison

9. Mia

10. Chloe

And these are the top ten trending baby names for 2011:


1. Brantley

2. Iker

3. Maximiliano

4. Zaiden

5. Kamden

6. Barrett

7. Archer

8. Declan

9. Atticus

10. Nico


1. Briella

2. Angelique

3. Aria

4. Mila

5. Elsie

6. Nylah

7. Raelynn

8. Brynlee

9. Olive

10. June

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