2011’s Top Baby Names, and Who Set the Trend in Hollywood

December 16, 2011  |  
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Usually one of the most influential categories in most popular anything, celebrities also set the trend for many baby names in 2011. David and Victoria Beckham, for example, gave parents a hand in helping name their little girls.  Once the newest Beckham, Harper, was born, the name saw a rise in status, hitting number 60 on the girls list.  Movies also rubbed their influence on a name decision, but in a superhero kind of way. Names like Clark (Superman), Oliver (Green Arrow), Peter and Parker (Spiderman) all saw a surge in trend. According to BabyCenter, the top 5 girls names of 2011 were: Sophia, Emma, Isabella, Olivia, and Ava.  The top boys names were: Aiden, Jackson, Mason, Liam, and Jacob.  For a complete list of the top 100 baby names of 2011, click here http://www.babycenter.com/top-baby-names-2011. Take a look at these top 8 celeb trendsetters; did your little one make the cut?

1. Henry     

Henry ranks Number 71 on the popularity charts right now, its highest standing in half a century.  Having such a regal connotation had left it off the charts in the US for quite some time.  However, thanks to many celebs, Henry is back in action.  The Killers front man Brandon Flowers named his newborn son Henry, in April of this year, following in the footsteps of stars from Julia Roberts, Minnie Driver, Meryl Streep, and Heidi Klum.

2. Liam

Another name that saw a boost was Liam, which bounded up the charts from number 10 to number 4. Son of actor Dean McDermott and actress Tori Spelling, Liam McDermott was born in 2007, proceeding actress Calista Flockhart and actor Harrison Ford’s son Liam who was born in 2001.

3. Mason

Thanks to Kardashian fever that most of the country seems to have caught, Mason took the number 3 spot on the most popular boy baby names this year. Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick gave birth to their little boy, Mason Dash, on December 14, 2009.  Happy (late) 2nd birthday little guy!  Just recently as well, Rapper and songwriter Ne-Yo and Monyetta Shaw welcomed their baby boy, Mason, on October 9.

4. Madison

Taking the top 8 spot of most popular baby names, Madison also moved up the charts from last year.  Melanie Brown and her husband, Stephen Belafonte, spiced up their family on September 1 with a baby girl named Madison Belafonte. The trend goes back to Madison Elizabeth McMahon, daughter of Brooke Burns and Julian McMahon, born in 2000.  Jackass star Johnny Knoxville’s daughter, Madison Clapp, also dons the trendy name and was born in 1996.

5. Emily

Just making the top 10 cut, at number 9, new baby girl Emily was welcomed into the home of KISS singer and guitarist Paul Stanley and his wife, Erin.  Emily Grace was born on August 9.  Gloria Estefan also picked the popular name in 1994 when her daughter Emily Marie Estefan was born.

6. Jack

Coming in second on the list of top baby boy names, a Jack was recently brought into the home of Bridesmaids star Maya Rudolph and her boyfriend, director Paul Thomas Anderson.  Baby Jack was born on July 3 and is the couple’s third child. Son of artist/photographer/reality TV star Nigel Barker, Jack Barker, born in 2008, also follows the trend.

7. Harper

Former Spice Girl and now fashion icon Victoria Beckham and her husband, soccer superstar David Beckham, are now the proud parents of a baby girl. Harper Seven was born on July 10 and since then has seen a large up rise in the name’s popularity.  Now at number 60 on the list of top baby girl names, Harper had not been seen on the list for years. Daughter of actor Neil Patrick Harris, Harper Grace Burtka-Harris, may have actually been the beginning of the trend, when she was born in 2010.

8. Xavier

This unique name came out in the top 100 list for this year. Former American Idol contestant Fantasia Barrino welcomed her second child, Dallas Xavier Barrino, into the world Tuesday, December 13.  Barrino told People magazine in a statement, “I feel so blessed that my son Dallas Xavier was born healthy, and is a wonderful new addition to our family. I thank all my fans for their well wishes and continued support.”

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