Netflix effect? BabyCenter reveals top names of 2014
Newborn Jesse Emmanuel Espinoaza lays in blankets at Memorial-Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands, Texas, on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (The Courier, Eric Swist)
Published Tuesday, December 2, 2014 10:04AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 2, 2014 3:51PM EST
A list of the 100 most popular baby names in 2014 shows that some parents are being inspired by the shows they watch online.
The ranking published by BabyCenter is based on the names of more than 400,000 babies born this year to parents who registered on the website. The site is based in the U.S., but is popular in Canada as well.
Though Netflix-inspired names weren't among the top 10 this year, there was a clear spike in the popularity of names of characters from "Orange Is the New Black" and "House of Cards."
BabyCenter found that Galina was up 67 per cent, Nicky was up 35 per cent and Piper was up 28 per cent in popularity from last year.
The popularity of Frank and Claire, main characters in "House of Cards," were up 19 and 14 per cent, respectively.
A survey conducted by the site found that nearly 20 per cent of new mothers said they were inspired by television characters, and 16 per cent said they turned to celebrities for inspiration.
Despite the emerging trend, the top names for boys and girls were Sophia and Jackson.
Sophia has been the most popular girls' name four years in a row, while Jackson has been in the top for two years.
The top ten names for girls in 2014 were:
The top ten names for boys were:
In Canada, Emma took the top spot for most popular girl names, while Chloe and Aria were two names in the Canadian top-10 that didn’t make the cut on the American list.
Elsa and Anna – the frosty pair of sisters from the Disney move “Frozen” – saw a jump in popularity as well. Anna moved up 25 places to the 44th most popular name, and Elsa moved up 100 spots on the list.
The top Canadian boy names also mirror the American list with a couple of exceptions: Nathan snuck in at number 10, and William is the country’s fifth most popular name.
Top 10 Canadian names for boys were:
Top 10 Canadian names for girls were: