The Kardashian Effect: The Top Celebrity Inspired Baby Names — From Brookyln to Bear (Photos)

Mason - Top Boys Name!

Celebrities wield a powerful influence over our culture. They effect how we dress, what we buy and also for some how we name our kids. has released their newest list of the top 100 baby names with a new ranking of all the names America has given their children over the past year. And one of the biggest surprises? How influential celebrity names, and the names that celebrities have given their own children, has been on our society.

The most notable? The name Mason. BabyCenter has declared that there was indeed a Kardashian effect that is making this such a popular name for boys. This year the name Mason (which is the name of Kourtney Kardashian’s son) came in at number three. That is up eight spots from last year.

What other celebrities influenced how we’re naming our children?

Check out what celebrity inspired names rose in popularity…do any of them surprise you?

  • The Kardashian Effect: 1 of 17
    The Kardashian Effect:
    Mason wasn't the only Kardashian family name on the rise. The name Kimberly rose in popularly last year. And the name Kendall the name of one of the younger Kardashian /Jenner girls went up this year.
  • The Tori Spelling Effect: 2 of 17
    The Tori Spelling Effect:
    Liam, the name given to Tori Spelling and Dean's eldest son, has suddenly become very popular. It came in at number 4 this year! Last year it was at number 10.
  • The Anderson Cooper Effect: 3 of 17
    The Anderson Cooper Effect:
    Both of his names are on the rise both Anderson and Cooper. The name Anderson as a first name shot up 13 percent this year.
  • The Beckham Effect: 4 of 17
    The Beckham Effect:
    Victoria and David Beckham always seem to wield a fair amount of influence. Not only did Victoria rise up by five (coming in at 63) but their daughter's name Harper had a huge jump in popularity the biggest jump of the year. The name is now number 60 rising up 34 spots. And the name Brooklyn? Although it took a hit for boys, it rose for girls coming in at number 21.
  • The Twilight Effect: 5 of 17
    The Twilight Effect:
    There has been much written about the affect that Twilight has had on our society. And baby names is one of them. The name Bella came in at number 26.
  • The Royal Effect: 6 of 17
    The Royal Effect:
    Of course the royals would have an influence on baby names, they're a modern day fairy tale and everyone loves a good romance. The name William went up to spot 22 and the name Kate went up 13% landing at spot 93. Even the name Harry went up two spots.
  • The Pippa Effect: 7 of 17
    The Pippa Effect:
    The surprising Royal gain? The name Pippa! It's still low coming in at 1376 but that's up 45 percent from last year!
  • The Real Housewives Effect: 8 of 17
    The Real Housewives Effect:
    The names Caroline and Jacqueline (inspired by the Real Housewives of New Jersey moms?) shot up by 4% and 19%.
  • The Teresa Giudice Effect: 9 of 17
    The Teresa Giudice Effect:
    And the name Gabriella the name of one of Teresa Giudice's daughter? It's up at 39!
  • The Obama Effect: 10 of 17
    The Obama Effect:
    The name Malia has gotten far more popular. It went up 28 spots this year coming in at 277
  • The Scarlett Johansson Effect: 11 of 17
    The Scarlett Johansson Effect:
    Scarlett Johansson surely had an effect on the name's popularity. The name is coming in at 61 and just two years ago it was at 117.
  • The Palin Effect: 12 of 17
    The Palin Effect:
    The name Bristol once very obscure jumped up 89 spots coming in at 452.
  • The Pink Effect: 13 of 17
    The Pink Effect:
    Pink named her daughter Willow, and others followed suit. Willow went up 40 spots coming in at 175.
  • The Jerseylicious Effect: 14 of 17
    The Jerseylicious Effect:
    Who knew this show was so popular? But apparently it is, and is popular enough to inspire baby naming. The name Briella rose up a stunning 130 spots landing at 508.
  • The Alicia Silverstone Effect 15 of 17
    The Alicia Silverstone Effect
    Bear? Now, many thought that was a odd name when it was announced that Alicia named her child after a animal. But others seemed to like it! It rose up a whopping 1106 spots! But it's still not that popular. It came in at 1233.
  • The Afflek Effect 16 of 17
    The Afflek Effect
    After Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck named their first daughter Violet, there has been a steady rise in the name. This year it's up four spots this year, coming in at 92.
  • The Teen Mom Effect: 17 of 17
    The Teen Mom Effect:
    Maci Bookout's son's name Bentley really shot up! Back in 2007 is was at #762. Now? It's at 106!

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