NEW YORK -- Will little Sophia and Jacob morph into baby Christian and Anastasia about nine months from now?
While it's impossible to declare a "Fifty Shades of Grey" baby boomlet, some moms and moms-to-be attribute their pregnancies to sex inspired by the erotic trilogy that went mainstream early this year.
One night on vacation in Florida was all it took for Betsy Bailey, a labor and delivery nurse, no less, in suburban Chicago. She's expecting baby number six, conceived soon after reading the steamy bondage love story.
"It was like one night alone," she laughed. "We went out to dinner and, you know, a little wine, a little stone crab and a little Christian Grey."
Brittany Woodard, 21, in Norfolk, Va., has a 6-month-old son, Greyson, whose name has absolutely nothing to do with the books Woodard read while her military husband was away for four months.
New to the spicy genre, the stay-at-home mom wasn't trying for another baby so soon, but she was ready "with many new ideas" in the boudoir department when her husband got home. She's due in February.
"We just got stationed here a couple of months ago," Woodard said, "and the week I was going to pick up my birth control we found out we were having another baby!"
Ashley Nealy, 19, in Fayetteville, N.C., bought into the Fifty Shades buzz for the love story between dominant billionaire Christian and shy, clumsy Ana Steele, whom he attempts to groom as a sexual submissive, until cupid strikes and they live happily ever after.
With a year-old son, another baby wasn't on Nealy's front burner, but reigniting what she had with her fiance before their exhausting life as new parents was.
"Having a baby takes a toll on your relationship, especially as young as we are," she said. "Things had kind of died down, so I wanted to do something to help maybe get things back to the way they used to be between us."
Before "Fifty," they were down to once a week in the bedroom. "While I was reading them it was just about every day," she said.
Son Kayden's sibling is also scheduled to arrive in February.
At BabyCenter.com, a large online community of moms and expectant moms, nearly 150 women have posted that their pregnancies are directly related to more baby-making activity inspired by the best-selling books that have sold 31 million copies in all formats.
Bailey's No. 6 is due Christmas Day, her 42nd birthday. She and her husband always knew they wanted a big family, but they thought big would be four kids.
"We picked up our fifth in Mexico. He was a vacation baby as well," she joked. "We call him the worm at the bottom of the tequila bottle."
Christian and Ana aren't on her name list, though her great-grandmother's maiden name, Gray, had been a possibility – until now. "Now I don't think I could do it," Bailey said.
The female <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Senna" target="_hplink">Senna</a> and its near-identical male twin Cinna dominate the top of Nameberry's hot list, both up a mind-blowing 1500 percent over last year. But we predict Senna, name of a "Twilight" vampire and a tragic racecar driver, will be used more often in real life. Like Cinna, Senna carries a "Hunger Games" influence: It's an obscure botanical name meaning "brightness" in Arabic, an ingredient in a dieters' tea.
An ancient Irish name that means cloud and was borne by several high kings, <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Niall" target="_hplink">Niall</a> seemed an unlikely hottie until Niall Horan of the rock band One Direction came along and made it cool again. He pronounces it like the river - Nile - which gives it a nature element as well; pronouncing it like Neil definitely makes it more old school.
We talked about the hotness of Aria earlier this year, but now we're seeing an even bigger rise - over 800 percent - in <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/arya" target="_hplink">Arya</a>, the cognate used in "Game of Thrones." Arya Stark, daughter of a ruler of one of the kingdoms, is separated from her family and raised as a boy and expert sword fighter.
<a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Decimus" target="_hplink">Decimus</a>, which means tenth, is an ancient Roman name of the kind that is suddenly all the rage, thanks to a combination of "The Hunger Games", in which many of the male characters have ancient Roman names. Decimus was the middle name of Maximus, Russell Crowe's "Gladiator" character. Other Latin names such as Nero and Tiberius are also hot on Nameberry right now.
If vampires and ancient Romans can influence baby names, why not werewolves? <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Caia" target="_hplink">Caia</a> is the name of the half-witch, half-lycan main character of the Lunarmorte series of novels by Samantha Young. And Caia has an ancient Roman connection too: She was the goddess of fire and of women.
Literary names from 20th century classics, including names of characters and literary figures alike, have become stylish. The unusual <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Gatsby" target="_hplink">Gatsby</a>, The Great of F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, is sure to rise even further when the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio debuts at Christmas. Gatsby's hotness follows last year's Hadley, real name of <em>The Paris Wife</em> of Ernest Hemingway, along with Atticus and Harper, the hero and the author of <em>To Kill A Mockingbird.</em>
Beyonce and Jay-Z's choice of <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Blue" target="_hplink">Blue</a> for their daughter catapulted this stylish but quietly-used color name to superstardom, up over 600 percent on Nameberry in the first half of the year. The name Blue might also be thought of as the ultimate nature name, relating to sky, water, and flowers.
The lovely Lady <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Sybil" target="_hplink">Sybil</a> Crawley has restored the image of this name as expertly as she nursed the wounded soldiers at<em> Downton Abbey</em>. The taint of multiple personality disorder is gone now that the other Sybil has confessed she was faking, and that few people remember the ancient oracle who first defined the name. The original but less-used spelling is actually Sibyl.
There's a major trend afoot of boys' names rising on the heels of their stylish female counterparts: Emmett after Emma and Emily, Everett after Eva and Eve, and now <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Calix" target="_hplink">Calix</a>, a Greek name meaning beautiful and the male version of Calista and Callie. The X ending makes it particularly appealing, a cooler version of Alex.
Is <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Halcyon" target="_hplink">Halcyon</a> the new Nevaeh? The Halcyone was a mythical kingfisher bird who could calm the seas, and Halcyon is getting fresh attention as a first name for both boys and girls, despite the sleeping pill association. TV actress Beth Littleford recently named her daughter Halcyon Juna.
The title character of the next Quentin Tarantino movie is a freed slave, but the most famous real-life Django was Belgian jazz guitarist Reinhardt, who adopted the Gypsy nickname meaning "I awake." If you're confused on pronunciation, the d is silent and the g is hard.
Another heavenly name relating to the stars and meaning "new," <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Nova" target="_hplink">Nova</a> is on the rise along with celestial sister names like Luna and Aurora.
<a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Theon" target="_hplink">Theon</a> is another unusual name from the George R. R. Martin books that has ancient roots: Theon was a Greek teacher of mathematics and astronomy who was father to the first woman mathematician.
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