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Fiction has an influence on people, both unconsciously and consciously. Many people are inspired by them—to buy things featured in a work, to get pets due to one being featured in a work, or even to name their child (and to a lesser extent, their pet) after a character featured in a work.

If a work is extremely popular, then it often causes a fad where many babies are named after major characters from the work for about a year or two. In hindsight, it can be easy to tell when someone was born if their name was a popular fad name during that period. Usually, these fads die out quickly, however, some become so popular that they popularize an obscure name (or even a name originally intended for the opposite gender) to the point where the name stays popular long after the popularizing work becomes a distant memory. The bad side of this is that if a name loses popularity after the fad, then it can be awkward for the child later in life (such as if they're named after a fantasy character with an odd name).

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Note, that names usually must follow the One Mario Limit (AKA, they're obscure or even invented names). If they're a common name then the work must have been the main cause on why it became (even more) popular all of a sudden.

To see how names have changed in popularity over the years in Britain, visit this page from the Office for National Statistics, which has an interactive chart.

Subtrope to The Red Stapler.


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Real Life Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • The popularly of the Renault Clio ads starring a woman named Nicole and her Papa caused many babies to be named "Nicole".

    Anime & Manga 
  • The year that Idol Time PriPara premiered, Yui, the name of the show's protagonist, topped baby name charts in Japan.
  • During the year of Kirakira Precure A La Mode, one of the protagonist's names, Himari, went up 8 places as runner-up.
  • Apparently, Saki became somewhat of a popular baby girl name back when Sukeban Deka was hot. Actress and singer Saki Fukuda is named that way because her mother was a fan of the series, while AV actress Saki Ninomiya goes under artistic name because her parents were fans as well (she was born the year in which the series premiered, and has implied in inteviews that Saki is her true given name).
  • Mei has become a top 10 baby name in Japan thanks it being the name of one of the girls in My Neighbor Totoro. In 2014, it was the most popular girl name.

    Comic Books 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Stanley Kubrick's 1962 adaption of Lolita had a positive effect on the name "Lolita" itself, which had fallen out of popularity but had a small resurgence following the film's release. In Lolita itself, the girl is actually named Dolores, variously nicknamed Dolly, Lo or Lola. Lolita was the pseudo-intellectual Humbert's "fancy" nickname for her.
  • "Madison" as a first name was almost nonexistent when the movie Splash was made, and was mostly a boy's name when it did appear. Then after the film's mermaid picked up the name, it exploded in popularity as a girl's name, reaching the top ten in girls' names in the United States in 1997, staying there over a decade and a half, and even reaching second in 2001 and '02, before dropping to eleventh in 2015. (It also reappeared as a boys' name after Splash was released, but never attained the explosive popularity that it did as a girls' name.) In the film itself, it was a Line-of-Sight Name taken from a street sign; Tom Hanks' character's immediate reaction is, "That's not a [feminine] name!"
  • "Damien" saw a gigantic spike in popularity after The Omen (1976) came out, and a brief one-day spike among children born on June 6, 2006 — which, not coincidentally, was also the release date of the remake.
  • The name Jennifer received a boost with the release of Love Story, becoming the single most common female given name in the United States for the years 1970-1984, where it had previously been relatively uncommon. Then it happened in Spanish. Love Story (and the many works that followed it) briefly made Jennifer a popular name in Spain, where it didn't exist in any form, and where before Franco's death, it was extremely discouraged to use non-standard (read: non-Catholic) names.
  • While the name Kevin had become quite popular for German boys in the '80s, it reached its peak as the most common name in 1991 after the release of Home Alone and stayed very high in popularity for about 10 more years.
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe fueled many parents to name their children after characters, among others "Valkyrie", "Quill", "Rocket", and "Hawkeye". Even more so, in 2017, 50 children were given the name "Marvel".
  • The Breakfast Club caused many parents to name their baby daughters Allison after one of the main characters in the film, becoming a top ten girl's name for most of the '90s.
  • The success of The Notebook caused an increase of the number of babies named Noah in the United States. Nine years after that film's release, the name topped the chart for male baby names.
  • Charlie's Angels (2000) seems to have done this with Dylan as a girl's name, even as various real-life tragedies (noted below) took off its shine as a boy's name. Before that film came out, it was an almost entirely masculine name, one that went with her tomboy demeanor.
  • Scream (1996) marked a turning point in "Sidney" going from being seen as a boy's name to a girl's name, thanks to its Final Girl Sidney Prescott. While the name was already rising in popularity before the film came out, it spiked even higher afterwards, as did the alternate spelling "Sydney", which was in the top 25 girl's names from 1999 through 2003.

    Literature 
  • The names "Isabella", "Edward", and "Jacob" were popular before Twilight was published. Still, they saw a significant boost, as did the invented name "Renesmee", given to 55 baby girls in the US in 2010.
  • By the time the Harry Potter series concluded in 2007, the previously rare name Hermione had experienced a huge spike in popularity, as did the less-rare-but-still-uncommon names Luna and Lily. The names Ron(ald) and Harry have long been perennial standards but likewise experienced a significant spike attributed to the series.
  • Millions of baby girls were named Alice after the success of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
  • The introduction of Amber as a name after the mid-20th century has been attributed to Kathleen Windsor's sweeping historical romance Forever Amber.note  These days the name's popularity has nearly eclipsed the original book.
  • J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan popularized the name Wendy so much after its release, that he is often erroneously credited with inventing the name. At the time, it was nothing more than an obscure nickname for Gwendolyn.
  • Since the 1960s, naming your child after a character from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings has been something of a trend for aging hippies and nerds. "Galadriel" has been in the US popular name list since 1969.
  • The Polish/Lithuanian name "Grazyna" was invented by the poet Adam Mickiewicz for his narrative poem Grazyna, A Lithuanian story. It's derived from the Lithuanian word grazi, meaning "beautiful", and it was widespread in Poland up until around the 1980s.
  • The name "Pamela" was invented for a book, Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded. This generated one of the first entertainment marketing booms, with Pamela towels, dishes, playing cards, stationery, etc. In 1740.
  • The name "Svetlana" was invented by a Russian poet and popularized by another in the early 1800s. It's still hugely popular today, both in Russia and outside it, and is even used as the Russian translation of a Greek saint's name. "Svetlana" wasn't a nonsense word, though; "svet" means light, and it's a little like naming your daughter "Radiance" or something. The closest English equivalent would be Helen.
  • The name "Vanessa" was invented by Jonathan Swift for his lover Esther Vanhomrigh ("Van" from her surname, "Essa" from a pet form of her given one) and used in his semi-autobiographical poem Cadenus and Vanessa, published after Vanhomrigh's death. The name became a popular choice for girls following the publication of the poem.
  • Shirley was a boy's name until Charlotte Brontë gave the heroine of her novel that name. After that it became much more popular as a girl's name, as Shirley Temple and the writers of Airplane! can attest.
  • The Fault in Our Stars made Hazel jump to the top 100 baby names two years after its release.
  • The success of Pippi Longstocking outside its native Sweden popularized the name "Annika" in many other countries.
  • 'Ayla' is a Turkish and Scottish feminine name (in the latter case it's a variant on Aila or Isla), which became a lot more popular in Western countries from the 1980s onwards following the success of the Earth's Children series.
  • Back in the 1850s, Uncle Tom's Cabin boosted the popularity of the name "Eva," after the novel's tragic Ill Girl. One reader apparently considered renaming her existing daughter after the character.
  • Many red-nosed pets, especially dogs, are named after the title character of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The names Dylan and Brandon experienced a surge in popularity during the run of Beverly Hills, 90210.
  • Samantha was a fairly uncommon name in the US before Bewitched.
  • The Brazilian Soap Opera Escrava Isaura was extremely popular in Poland, and caused a number of young girls to be named Isaura.
  • Doctor Who: The name "Amelia" experienced a recent surge in popularity, coming as high as #1 in the U.K. and #12 in the U.S. for girls. BBC America speculated that the character Amelia Jessica "Amy" Pond was responsible.
  • Dynasty (1981): The names Crystalnote , Alexis, and Dominique became popular for girls born in the 80s thanks to the show's resident Rich Bitches.
  • From Sex and the City, Carrie's rugged puppy Aidan seems to have inspired a resurgence in that name (and its variant Aiden).
  • Family Ties led to "Mallory" becoming a popular girls' name, even though it was almost completely non-existent prior to the show (and was basically a last name adopted into a first name). Unlike "Madison", which came about under similar circumstances, "Mallory" died out quickly after the show ended.
  • True Blood made Sookie the fastest growing name for girls in 2010.
  • The popularity of Game of Thrones led to many baby girls named "Arya" (or "Aria") and "Khaleesi". The latter is a title for Daenerys Targaryen, not a proper name in the series itself; "Daenerys" itself hasn't nearly become as popular.note 
  • Survivor: The Australian Outback contestant Colby Donaldson inspired people to name their kids Colby following his season, as explained by Jeff Probst when Colby made his return in the All-Stars season.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Xander's picked up as a boy's name since the series came out (although the biggest spike in usage comes the year that Buffy went off the air.)
    • The name Caleb boomed in popularity after a villain in the show received that name.
  • After it was used as the name of Murphy Brown's mother, many people named their baby girls Avery. Like Madison, the name had only been used for boys prior to the show's premiere and soon became one of the most popular names for girls. As of 2018, it's in the top 15.
  • After it was used as the name of one of the doctors in ER, Carter became a popular name for boys.
  • Grayson became a popular name after it was used as the name of Jules' husband in Cougar Town. The year after the show's premiere, it jumped up 50 places on the popular baby names chart and is now in the top 10.
  • Modern Family: The pet dog Stella caused many people to give their daughters and pets the same name.
  • "Nellie" rose from 668 to 307 due to a variant "Nelly" being borne by the daughter of Billie Faiers of The Only Way Is Essex.
  • The telenovela Marimar is popular in the Philippines. As a result, "Marimar" is a common name for female dogs.
  • Audrey jumped up 20 spots on the baby name chart in 2006 after it was used as the name of the mom in Drake & Josh.
  • The Walking Dead made Ezekiel gain popularity again after lingering in obscurity for many years. In 2018, it made the top 100 baby names.
  • The popularity of thirtysomething made the name Ethan jump almost 200 places to the top 100 baby names after it was used as one of the names of the children in the show. It also had an impact on the name Brittany, which made the top 10 girl's names list the year after its' premiere.
  • A combination of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the 2012 version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles having characters nicknamed Leo caused the name to jump up 30 places in 2013.
  • Grey's Anatomy caused the previously unknown name Sadie to jump into the top 100 baby names the year after the show's premiere.
  • The name Ruth increased in popularity after a contestant on The Bachelor gave her daughter the name.
  • Glee had this impact on "Finn" and "Quinn", the names of two of the main characters on that show. Notably, Quinn was known mainly, though not exclusively, as a boy's name before it was given to The Cheerleader Quinn Fabray, after which it skyrocketed in popularity as a girl's name and eventually entered the top 100 for such.
  • "Malcolm" saw a brief rise in popularity thanks to the success of Malcolm in the Middle, though it trailed off after the series concluded.
  • Bewitched popularized the name "Tabitha" after the child witch on the show had that name. After the 80's, however, the popularity of the name started to decline.

    Music 
  • The name "Kayleigh" was popularized in the U.K. after it appeared in a 1985 hit single of the same name by the British Progressive Rock band Marillion. The name itself was derived from "Kay Lee", an ex-girlfriend of singer Derek "Fish" Dick.
  • The Australian singer-songwriter John Williamson created a song about a tomboy whose father nicknamed her Cydy (short for sidekick). It is now an official (if still mostly uncommon) Australian girl name.

    Theatre 
  • The name "Jennifer" became hugely popular in the United Kingdom after George Bernard Shaw gave it to the female lead in his 1906 play The Doctor's Dilemma. At the time, it was an uncommon name derived from "Guinevere".

    Video Games 
  • The Legend of Zelda: The name "Zelda" had been out of vogue for decades by the time the first game came out. Now it's a fairly common name thanks to the perennial popularity of the series. Robin Williams' daughter Zelda Williams is a famous example of someone named after the character. For the record, the character herself was named after a famous person (Zelda Fitzgerald).
  • In English-speaking countries, the name Laura spiked in the late 1970s/early 1980s, died down, but popped up again briefly as "Lara" around the beginning of the 2000s in a resurgence attributed to the Tomb Raider franchise. Oddly, it doesn't seem that many gamers directly named their daughters after the character, but that the game's popularity simply caused the name's visibility to increase enough that non-gamers became more aware of it.
  • Enforced by Bethesda, who announced a challenge for players of Skyrim: if any of them had a child on its then latest release date (11/11/11) and named it after a Skyrim character, the child could get free games for life. At least one couple did it, with their son Dovahkiin.
  • A few parents were inspired to name their daughters Cortana, particularly after Halo 3, when it entered the baby charts - and at least 100 of them exist now in the US!
  • Raiden has apparently taken off as a name in the US after Mortal Kombat (which also led to parents naming their daughters Kitana and Mileena) and Metal Gear.

    Western Animation 
  • In 2016, the names Chase and Skylernote  made the top 100 baby names due to them being the names of two of PAW Patrol's most popular characters. On a smaller note, the name "Rocky", which had declined in the 2000s and was not in the top 1000 baby names for that decade as a result, began a slow rise in popularity once one of the show's dogs had that name, returning to the top 1,000 in 2014.
  • After the premiere of The Loud House, the name of the protagonist (Lincoln) and one of his sisters (Luna) rose in popularity, with the former name breaking the top 50 and the latter name breaking the top 15.
  • The name "Wyatt" rose in popularity after the premiere of Super Why! due to the titular protagonist having that name in his non-superhero form (albeit spelled "Whyatt").
  • The popularity of Elena of Avalor caused the name of its protagonist to rise 50 places the year after it premiered.
  • Before the premiere of Bubble Guppies, Gil was a very obscure name. In 2012, the name hit the top 3,000 baby names in the United States thanks to the show's popularity.
  • The name "Finn" rose in popularity after Adventure Time debuted, to the point where in 2017, the name jumped 200 places higher than it was before the show premiered!
  • After lingering in obscurity for many years, "Henry" made the top 100 baby names in the '90s after it was used as the name of one of the trains in Thomas the Tank Engine.
  • "Mabel" jumped 300 places after the premiere of Gravity Falls. Its popularity outlasted the show; in the UK, it reentered the top 100 girl's names in 2019.
  • An interesting example of this trope: after the Animated Adaptation of Curious George became popular in Japan (a country which usually uses traditional names), more people started using the name George (or Joji in Japanese) for their kids. This trend also may have explained why many recent anime like Hugtto! Pretty Cure and King of Prism have featured characters with that name.
  • "Daria" saw a brief jump in popularity in the late '90s thanks to the animated series of the same name.

    Real Life — Actors 
  • The name "Emma" was already rising in popularity, but jumped (from thirteenth to fourth place in the States) upon the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone with Emma Watson. Since then, it has never been out of the top four, and was at #1 in 2008 and from 2014 through '18.
  • Thanks to Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura in Star Trek: The Original Series, there were spikes in popularity of the name Nichelle as a baby name.
  • "Jayden", a name that was practically unheard of before The '90s, skyrocketed in popularity after 1998 when Jaden Smith was born, peaking in 2010 as the fourth most popular boy's name.
  • "Owen" boomed in popularity after Owen Wilson starred in Anaconda and Armageddon. As of 2019, it's in the top 30 baby names.
  • The name "Emilia", once a fairly obscure variant on "Emily", has surged in popularity thanks to the increasing popularity of the actress Emilia Clarke.
  • In Brazil, ever since a famous actor couple named their son "Enzo" in the late '90s, the name skyrocketed in popularity — "Enzo Gabriel" in particular became the most common composite name in 2009, and outright male name in 2018! A kindergarten class featuring seven "Enzos" went viral, and the name is now memetic as a trendy baby name (for single moms in particular; the female equivalent is "Valentina", which took off without a clear reason). Like "Karen", "Becky", and "Chad", it is also an online slang term: say "Enzos", and others will know you're talking about the current teenage populace in a demeaning way.
  • Shortly after Darla Hood became one of The Little Rascals in 1935/36, parents all over the country were naming their baby girls "Darla".
  • Tends to happen from time to time with popular Saturday Night Live cast members. For example, the names "Victoria" and "Maya" increased in popularity after Victoria Jackson and Maya Rudolph became regulars on the show.
  • "Ryan" became a popular name after Ryan O'Neal starred in Peyton Place.
  • "Drew" took off first as a boy's name in The '80s, then had a smaller boom as a girl's name in The '90s, thanks to Drew Barrymore.

    Real Life — Musicians 
  • R&B singer Aaliyah caused her name to suddenly explode in popularity in the mid-'90s, along with its many variations. The name had originated in the Middle East (deriving from the Arabic `Aliya', which is, roughly, the feminine form of `Ali and means "elevated," "exalted," or "noble") but became more associated with the African American and Latino communities after the popularity of the singer.
  • The Backstreet Boys' popularity in Mexico caused many boys around that time to be named Kevin or Brian (often spelled as "Brayan").
  • In 2000, Sonny Sandoval, the frontman of P.O.D. and a born-again Christian, gave his daughter the unusual name of "Nevaeh", which is "heaven" spelled backwards. By 2010, Nevaeh had become the 25th most popular name for baby girls in the United States, with most of this popularity coming from evangelical Christian parents. It's also occasionally been misspelled "Neveah", but that's neither here nor there.
  • Baby name databases don't seem to have any data for the name "Tevin" before 1990, but it peaks in popularity in 1992 (top 200). In between those two years, an R&B singer named Tevin Campbell had released his debut album and scored several hits off it, and his popularity resulted in many baby boys being given his uncommon first name.
  • "Britney", an alternate spelling of "Brittany", saw a spike in popularity in the early '00s thanks to Britney Spears. (The base spelling Brittany itself, and other variations on such, did not see anything similar.)

    Real Life — Politics and Military 
  • Prior to the rise of pop culture, the best way to get people to name your kids after you was to conquer them. As an example, prior to 1066, nearly everyone in England had solid Old English names like Edwin, Edgar, or Athelstan. Once William the Conqueror made the aristocracy Norman French, things changed, and soon nearly everyone was called things like William, Richard, Robert, Henry, or Hugh, names of Germanic origin that the Normans, who were originally Vikings (hence "Nor(se)man"), brought with them.
  • If The British Royal Family has a new baby, chances are many people will name their kids after the child, as was the case with Charlotte and George.
  • The name "Victoria" had short bursts of popularity during the Queen's succession (1837), coronation (1838), marriage (1840), Diamond Jubilee (1897), and eventually her death (1901). Since then, she has had this impact on the name in the Anglosphere more broadly; before her reign, "Victoria" was a Latin name, but thanks to her it's seen as one of the most quintessentially English names out there, and has been a perennial favorite.
  • "Meghan" saw a slight bump in 2018 thanks to Meghan Markle's marriage to Prince Harry that year.
  • "Kamala" saw a surge in popularity after Kamala Harris was elected the first female vice president of the United States.
  • In 1918, Italian general Armando Diaz signed the Victory Address, a short document meant to inform the population of the victory against Austria in World War I. It was shown in schools, barracks, and town halls, and many children were required to memorize it. The Address ended with the words "firmato: Diaz" (signed: Diaz), which led many to think that "firmato" ("signed") was his name. In the following years, many children were baptized with that name.
  • The names "Theodore", "Woodrow", "Warren", "Calvin", "Herbert", "Franklin", and "Lyndon" all saw spikes in popularity after men bearing those names became President of the United States: Theodore Roosevelt in 1901, Woodrow Wilson in 1912, Warren Harding in 1920, Calvin Coolidge in 1923, Herbert Hoover in 1928, Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, and Lyndon Johnson in 1963. After the initial spikes wore off, the continued popularity, or lack thereof, of those names also tracks closely with the popularity of those Presidents; Theodore remained popular for a while along with Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow quickly fell off in popularity in the '20s due to the conservative backlash in that decade against Wilson's economic and foreign policy, Warren fell off just as quickly due to Harding's corruption scandals, Calvin remained popular thanks to Coolidge's image as a decent, steady hand, Herbert's popularity collapsed as Hoover took the blame for The Great Depression, Franklin remained popular well into the '40s as FDR led the country through the Depression and World War II, and Lyndon collapsed in a few years as Johnson was assailed for The Vietnam War and the social crises of the late '60s.
  • "Dwight" saw two peaks in popularity as a boy's name, 1945 and 1953, and remained popular for a while after. The common denominator in both was Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander who presided over the end of World War II in 1945, and was elected President of the United States in late 1952.
  • After Barack Obama became President in 2009, bringing his daughters Malia and Sasha into the public eye, the name Maliyah was the fastest growing name in popularity in 2009, and the name Sasha also jumped in popularity. Notably, this hasn't affected the popularity of Natasha, Sasha's rarely-used full first name, which has only decreased in popularity since the family came into public prominence.

    Real Life — Miscellaneous 
  • Another way for a name to become popular was to have it be the name of a character in The Bible. The most popular examples of this are Noah, Mary, Jacob, Adam, Eve, Matthew, Leah, Joseph, Rebecca, and Elijah.
  • The retirement of Johnny Carson from hosting The Tonight Show in 1992 caused many mothers to name their babies Carson in his honor, with the name having a steady increase in popularity ever since. It saw a major surge in 2006, the year after Carson's death when it entered the top 100 for the first time.
  • In Brazil, two foreign celebrities led to phonetic versions that are still popular to date, Daiana/Daiane for Lady Di, and Maicon for Michael Jackson.
  • The tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash caused those names to trend in 2020. Kobe's name had previously spiked in the late '90s and early '00s when he first started playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Real Life Inversions:

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • The name Barney experienced a severe decline in popularity after Barney & Friends, thanks to the show's poor reception among those outside its target audience.
  • "Jade" had been a moderately popular name in the UK since the 1980s, but after Jade Goody made her first appearance on Big Brother in 2002, the name went from being in the top 30 to outside the top 100 in four years, and outside the top 300 by the end of the decade. Ms. Goody had a reputation for being a stupid, bigoted Lower-Class Lout and "the most hated woman in Britain", and new parents collectively thought "we aren't calling our little girl that." Not even Goody's death from cancer in 2009 changed that. (It remains fairly popular outside the UK, however.)

    Music 
  • Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" is often held as the point of origin for "Becky" as a slang term for a narrow-minded and casually racist white woman. While Becky (and its full form, Rebecca) had been declining from the peaks of their popularity at that point, by the mid-'90s Becky had fallen out of the top one thousand girls' names even as Rebecca remained modestly popular.

    Western Animation 
  • SpongeBob SquarePants may have been responsible for the name "Patrick" steadily declining in popularity since the early 2000s. It used to be a perennial favorite, one of the top 50 most popular boy's names in the United States from 1948 through 1996, but it fell out of the top 200 by 2019, its lowest position since record-keeping began in 1880. Understandably, not many millennial parents want to name their sons after an overweight, dimwitted pink starfish.
  • Similar to the Patrick example, the name "Peter", another perennial favorite, dropped the most it ever had in history in 2000, the year after the premiere of Family Guy. It's had a steady decline since.

    Real Life — Musicians 

    Real Life — Politics and Military 

    Real Life — Miscellaneous 
  • The popularity of "Katrina" as a name for baby girls increased slightly after the 2005 hurricane, possibly due to the name being endlessly repeated in the media, possibly as a statistical blip. The following years, however, saw Katrina fall rapidly in popularity, owing to its indelible association with the most destructive natural disaster in US history.
  • The boy's name "Kermit" is virtually unusable today due to association with a famous frog puppet.
  • "Karen" may be the first name to be killed by an internet meme. A Nordic variant of "Katherine", it was one of the top ten girls' names from 1951 through 1968, and remained in the top 100 through 1986. Afterwards, it fell off naturally in popularity but didn't become a truly rare name... at least until the late 2010s, when, like "Becky" before it, it became associated with an unflattering meme that associated the name with a particular type of entitled, reactionary, middle-aged, upper-middle-class white suburban mom who treats service workers with disrespect. With that, the popularity of Karen as a girls' name went off a cliff from its already-low position, falling out of the top one thousand by 2020.
  • "Chad" can be seen as the Spear Counterpart to "Karen". It was one of the top fifty boys' names from 1971 through 1983 and remained in the top 100 through 1990, but as of 2019, it has fallen out of the top one thousand names for boys. This is seemingly due to the increasing popularity of Virgin vs. Chad memes and the use of the name in the He-Man Woman Hater "incel" subculture, both of which associated it with a particular type of cartoonishly hyper-masculine Jerk Jock personality who serves as a Privileged Rival to other men looking for love. Notably, there was no corresponding drop-off for the related names Charles and Charlie, which have long been perennial favorites for boys' names and lack the association; Charlie, in fact, has both risen in popularity and become a Gender-Blender Name popular with both boys and girls. (Stacey/Stacy, a name often associated with Chad in the meme as that of his Alpha Bitch girlfriend and which peaked in popularity around the same time, had already fallen out of the top thousand in popularity by the 2010s, though the meme didn't necessarily help it either.)
  • "Alexa" first entered the top 100 girls' names in 1994 and peaked in 2015 at #32, but has been on a rapid decline since then, falling out of the top 100 by 2019. The reason? People associating the name with Amazon's home AI assistant, which was first released in late 2014 with their Echo smart speaker. A similar trajectory happened on a two-year lag in the UK, where the Echo first went on sale in 2016 and the name Alexa started falling off in 2018. While Amazon named it for the Library of Alexandria, they failed to account how popular Alexa was as a baby name, which not only led to problems for parents with both Amazon Alexas and daughters named Alexa, but also to those daughters being bullied with jokes about the AI. (the Apple equivalent Siri also led to a decline in girls bearing that name)
  • "Dylan" saw two drop-offs in popularity thanks to spree killers with the name. Dylan Klebold shot up Columbine High School in 1999note , and white supremacist Dylann Roof opened fire at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015.

In-Universe Examples:

    Advertising 
  • In this Nike ad, Wayne Rooney's success starts a trend to name babies "Wayne".

    Comic Books 
  • In one very heartwarming short Spider-Man story, where a pregnant woman he just saved insisted on learning his real name to name her baby in his honor. After some thought, Peter tells her it's Ben, and she happily resolves to use it. The last page shows many other new parents, all also naming their children Ben and, presuming the woman kept her promise of keeping Spider-Man's name secret, the implication is both that Peter gets this request a lot and every time he covertly honors his Uncle Ben with it.

    Fan Works 
  • Inverted in the Triptych Continuum: by tradition, no newborns are ever named after the Princesses, and a mother who'd had just given birth directly told Twilight that nopony would ever be given that name again.


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