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Baby Names: The Naming Trends Of 2011

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 12/02/2011 2:47 pm EST   Updated: 03/09/2013 2:05 am EST

Texting while you're getting married may be rude, but it's not uncommon, unexpected -- or even unhelpful -- in the delivery room. Along with BabyCenter.com's list of top 100 names of 2011, which they released yesterday, the addictive website for new parents also revealed the results of their annual Baby Names Survey. Amongst their community of moms, they found that 52% told friends and family what their new baby's name was via cellphone. Almost half of them also went straight to a social networking site to share the name, within seconds of giving birth.

And, what were those names? Based on the 300,000 registered members of BabyCenter who shared their choices with the site (not quite as scientific as government data, but much quicker to compile), Aiden held strong as the number one name for boys while Sophia grabbed -- for year number two -- the top spot for girl's names.

What's more noteworthy than the most popular names and how they're being shared are the trends BabyCenter saw this year. "I was surprised to see how much of a pop culture influence we're seeing on the list," Linda Murray, BabyCenter Global Editor in Chief, told HuffPost. "Half of moms surveyed said 'If I hear a great name on TV, I'm going after it.' To wit: Mason (as in the tiniest Kardashian) debuted in the number three spot.

Click through the rest of BabyCenter's top trends below, then get inspiration for names most people aren't using here.

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Mason pulled ahead in the rankings which means there are a whole bunch of new parents who trust the Kourtney's judgement. While it's a little troubling to think about a Kardashian, albeit the "smart one" setting trends here, Murray points out that all their other 'K' names are down in popularity.
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