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There were three Jennifers in my small private-school class growing up, so while occasionally it was rough being saddled with a “weird” name (teachers alternately called me Gina, Janet, Jane, and once -- to my horror -- Gyna) I was at least glad not to be resigned to a last initial. Then Morgan Fairchild came along.
I was 9 when Morgan landed the role of Jenna Wade on Dallas. Suddenly, there were baby Jennas everywhere, and older Jennifers started stripping themselves of their "fers." I wanted my weird name back to myself.
Apparently, the practice of looking to prime time for baby-name inspiration is still going strong. The Social Security Administration released its list of the top names for 2010 last week. The two first place spots -- Isabella and Jacob -- are not-coincidentally also names of characters from Twilight. The fastest rising names for both genders -- Maci and Bentley -- happen to be the mom-and-kid-combo from the show Teen Mom (hopefully the inspiration-bit stops there). And as if to prove we're a boob-tube nation, the second hottest trending boys name was Kellen (Kellen Lutz is a Twilight actor), while gelatinous Knox nabbed the third spot (thanks Jolie-Pitts!).
They may not be breaking the top slots yet, but Nameberry.com co-founder Linda Rosenkrantz points out other hot celebrity names include (Disney Princess) Tiana, (Glee’s) Finn and Quinn, (Twilight’s) Cullen and Jasper, Kendra (Wilkinson), Scarlett (Johansson), Violet (Garner-Affleck), Anderson (Cooper) and Khloe (Kardashian).
The top 10 names still feature a few classics -- Abigail, Olivia, Michael and William -- although Joshua dropped off the list for the first time since 1978. Thankfully, it wasn’t to make room for Paris or Snooki.
Top 10 Baby Names for 2011