Remember when you were in the fourth grade and had to go by your middle name because there were three other girls in your class with the same first name? We feel your pain, Jessica/Amanda/Jennifer/Ashley. Name trends have always been a thing, but we're a little nervous about the influence technology is having on new parents in the age of social media.
According to BabyCenter's annual Baby Name Survey, several of our favorite Instagram filters have catapulted their way into real-life society, making us wonder what the conversations go like when a set of parents-to-be decide to name their kid Reyes or Ludwig - I mean, who needs a baby name book when you can just scroll through a set of lighting actions on your phone that make your selfies look that much better by adding depth and tilt shifts?! Maybe they're onto something here.
The survey suggests that the name Lux is up 75% and is up for girls, too. Ludwig jumped 42 percent on our boys' name list, Reyes was up 10%, Hudson up 4 and Amaro was up a whopping 26%. Perhaps the quickest leap in this trend is the name Juno for a baby girl - that name rose 30% in popularity - perhaps the Ellen Page movie has seen a resurgence in pop culture? We wonder. The name Willow jumped 13% (we're always going to think of her as Buffy's BFF, though, not gonna lie), and Kelvin was up 3%. Valencia rose 26% on the list for girls.explains it on Today - "there's this beautiful thing that happens with an Instagram filter. You take these precious moments in your life and it makes them even more beautiful, it enhances them. I think people have just really warm feelings about that and these names come into their consciousness."
Well, when you put it that way...I'm totally naming my first kid Gingham, or maybe Slumber. And Crema is totally the next Tina.