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Twilight Movie Influences Baby Names

Is Twilight Madness Responsible For 2009 Baby Names?

Sure, there's Twilight attire for aspiring vampires, and 68 percent of LilSugar readers admit to having a mom crush on Robert Pattinson, but could the books be responsible for naming babies in 2009? The proof, some say, is in the top list of last year's names, which was just released by the Social Security Administration. A New York Times article theorized about a connection, since the main character Edward's last name, Cullen, shot up a few hundred spots to become the 485th most popular boy name. And that wasn't the only name that made the cut. The article said:

The most popular boy’s name was Jacob, an eternal favorite that happens to be the name of the buff rival of paler-than-thou Edward: Jacob Black. The most popular name for girls was Isabella, the progenitor of Bella, the love interest of both Edward the vampire and Jacob the werewolf. Just plain Bella logs in at 58.

Did Twilight's fame influence baby names, or is this just a coincidence?

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Isista Isista 6 years
I have always loved the names Edward, Bella/Isabella and Jasper. I've known people with these names for a long time; I really do think this is a coincidence. Especially with Jacob -- it's such a common name! Besides...they are NAMES! What do you care if they used the names because of Twilight? I have a friend who got her name from a perfume that her mother used. Does that make her name bad or something similar? No.
TammyO TammyO 6 years
Well there are a few Jaspers at my oldest kid's school and they were born before this Twilight book even debuted.
kellylouise kellylouise 6 years
Well, I have to say, the series has certainly propagandized the names Bella and Edward for me. They are names I wouldn't have thought of before, but I have really come to like their simplicity and classicness. I also quite like Carlisle and Renesmee to be honest. So I wouldn't be surprised if it indeed affects other people in naming their children (not that I would actually give my children names like that, for exactly the reason Sereneheaven listed, but some might.) And oh my God, people who name their son Cullen are officially my hero.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
Everyone and their dog is named Bella, but I'm sure Twilight may have had a hand in boosting the popularity of the names.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I think it has had an influence. Of course, most people using the more common names from the books (Bella, Jacob, Edward) aren't be influenced by Twilight, but Cullen? I doubt a lot of people just came up with that name out of the blue!
skigurl skigurl 6 years
i agree, Isabella and Jacob have always been popular, but Cullen, Esme, Carlisle, Jasper, Rosalie and the more unusual/uncommon monickers might get me thinking
jenni5 jenni5 6 years
I kind of think it's just coincidence. Isabella and Jacob have been super popular names for a while now. But Cullen? Hmmmm....that's the only one that's got me wondering.
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
I named my dog Bella, six years ago because it means beautiful in Italian. When I have a child Bella is defiantly on the list, but not because of stupid Twilight.
Moms Moms 6 years
schnappycat — Congratulations on your new baby girl and Happy Mother's Day!
TammyO TammyO 6 years
Cullen, people? I ask you.
peatree peatree 6 years
Isabella, Edward, & Jacob are all common, simple names that a lot people have. People have had those names way before Twilight even came out & most likely people will have those names after Twilight is over. People just like those names & some of them might just happen to like Twilight. It could just be a coincide. Either way THEY'RE JUST NAMES!
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
Isabell and isabella were popular long before twilight, same with jacob. they were all names i really liked but had vetoed because they were just too common. I really loved Arabella, but i did NOT want it shortened to bella. I hate the name bella, and its pretty much a given.
schnappycat schnappycat 6 years
I had a baby girl just yesterday and we have decided to name her Isabel, after a favorite aunt. I'm just afraid people will assume we mean Isabella and we will be forever correcting them. Or they will think we are huge Twilight fans. Bummer.
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