BabyCenter analyzed the approximately 115,000 baby names registered on the site and found that the name Hillary increased 142 percent in popularity since this time last year. The names Bill, Chelsea and Charlotte grew 113 percent, 18 percent and 17 percent respectively.
Based on a press release from BabyCenter, the name Donald also climbed in popularity but only by eight percent. Melania is up 36 percent, and Ivanka increased by four percent. It seems this year’s presidential election is affecting parents in ways beyond political activism and baby fashion selections. Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are seemingly providing baby name inspiration too.
BabyCenter examined the roughly 115,000 infant names registered on the website and found that the name Hillary increased 142 percent in popularity since this time last year. The names Bill, Chelsea and Charlotte increased 113 percent, 18 percent and 17 percent respectively.
According to a press release from BabyCenter, the name Donald also rose in popularity but solely by eight percent. Melania is up 36 percent, and Ivanka rose by four percent. Bernie Sanders does not seem to have had the same effect, as the name Bernard fell 50 percent, and no new baby Bernies appeared in the BabyCenter database.
“A presidential election is a big deal, and new parents who pick names like Hillary and Donald are placing a bet that their new baby will share the name of the next American president,” Linda Murray, BabyCenter Global Editor in Chief, said in the press release. “In a sense, they’re already voting for their favored nominee. Time will tell whether they decided a victor or the next John Kerry or Mitt Romney,” she added.
BabyCenter’s analysis also found some possible infant name influence in the hit Broadway musical, “Hamilton.” Since last June, the name Hamilton has increased almost 60 percent in popularity. Meanwhile Jefferson is up 171 percent, James climbed 25 percent, George increased by 21 percent and Maria is up nearly 22 percent.
“The combination of ‘Hamilton’s’ success and the election year has parents feeling patriotic,” Murray explained, adding, “When parents reach into history to pick a leader’s name for their child, it’s normally because they feel inspired by that individual’s worth and heritage. The Broadway show’s multiethnic, cross-culture story speaks to millennial parents. Hamilton is the new Lincoln or Madison.”