Written by Linda Rosenkrantz for Nameberry
When Mason jumped 10 places to become second most popular boy’s name in the country in 2011, it wasn’t just because more parents were noticing this pleasant occupational surname. No, anyone who had kept up with the Kardashians would know that cute little Mason Disick, featured on E! roughly a thousand times a week, had a lot to do with it.
For decades now, the names celebrities give their kids have had a tremendous effect on baby naming, one that has increased exponentially. From Ava to Willow, Maddox to Kingston, the proof is in the numbers.
Nameberry compared the fastest climbers on the Social Security list with the most popular baby names so far this year on our website to pinpoint the most influential celebrity today. Click through the gallery below to find out which 12 celebrities are the biggest name influencers right now.
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