A couple of interesting patterns jumped out at us.
We found the per cent change in the number of babies born in 2013 and 2012 with a particular name for each name that showed up in the top 500 most popular names in both years.
Here are the fifteen fastest-growing boys’ names:
There were more than four times as many baby boys named Jase born in 2013 as in 2012. Jase Robertson is one of the stars of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” which has been growing in popularity for the last few years.
And here are the fastest-growing girls’ names:
While none of the girls’ names had the explosion in popularity that Jase did for boys, both Arya and Aria jumped by over 50% between 2012 and 2013. Arya Stark is one of the protagonists of HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones.”
While it’s certainly possible that these shifts in popularity are a coincidence, it’s always fun to see how trends in baby names occasionally track with trends in pop culture.
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