Celeb-inspired names big in New York

Oct. 26, 2010 at 6:57 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The New York City Health Department said the top baby names for the city in 2009 included celebrity- inspired choices such as Scarlett, Chanel and Miley.

The annual list of top name selections, released last week, was topped by Jayden for boys and Isabella for girls -- but further down the list were girl name No. 73 Malia, the name of one of President Barack Obama's daughters, and boy name No. 158 Usher, after the popular recording artist, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

Also included on the list were No. 104 Scarlett, as in actress Scarlett Johansson; No. 112 Miley, like singer and TV star Miley Cyrus; and fashion-inspired names including No. 139 girls' name Chanel, and boys' names No. 148 Dior and No. 150 Armani.

"One thing this shows is that people need to be attracted to the name on its own merits, and also need to find some meaning or inspiration -- often in the personality who inspired it," Pamela Satran, co-author of "The Baby Name Bible," told the Post.

"Parents who are afraid of choosing a name that's going to get too popular should steer clear of pop culture names," Satran said. "Malia may seem exotic and unusual right now, but the fame of the first daughter will make it much more widely used."

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