iOS app Android app More

Featuring fresh takes and real-time analysis from HuffPost's signature lineup of contributors
Linda Rosenkrantz

GET UPDATES FROM Linda Rosenkrantz

All-Time Greatest Baby Name Influencers

Posted: 03/ 2/2012 1:22 pm

Which people over time have had the greatest influence on baby names? We've collected the top dozen individuals who've inspired millions of namesakes, often in unexpected ways. Sometimes it was an actual name that went viral; in other cases these people set off a wider-ranging trend. Here, the greatest baby name influencers of all time:

Thomas Jefferson
1  of  13
JEFFERSON -- There probably were some 18th century kids named Washington Williams or Adams Adcock, but it was with the third president that namesaking after the Commander-in-Chief would became a lasting tradition. Jefferson has been consistently on the bestseller list, while Jackson is the current top ex-Prez name at Number 25. Of course Jefferson was helped by its attractive nickname Jeff--much better than Wash.


Follow Linda Rosenkrantz on Twitter: