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Popular NYC-Based Baby Name On The Rise

By Danielle Sullivan |

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It seems that moms and dads around the country love New York, especially in the midwest. More parents are choosing baby names to reflect that affection for the great city. The name Brooklyn is the 34th most popular name in the country for baby girls.

In the midwest, it ranks sixth.

According to Social Security Administration data, 6,068 newborn babies were given the name in 2010.

Of course, I’m biased. Being a born and bred Brooklyn girl, I have loved the borough for years before it became trendy to do. But if there is anyone that’s more proud to be a Brooklynite, it’s Borough President Marty Markowitz who says, “The name connotes edgy, innovative and brash. What parent wouldn’t want to call their kid Brooklyn?”

After all the name was even chosen by the U.K.’s posh parents, Victoria and David Beckham, which may have given some rise to the name’s popularity.

But many people also feel a deep connection after September 11th, and want to honor the city and their child with a special name. Since Manhattan doesn’t just quite fit, many midwesterners in South Dakota, North Dakota and even Utah are picking Brooklyn, reports the New York Post:

“Everyone in the country has an emotional connection to what happened on 9/11, and Utah is a pretty patriotic state,” said Josh Mills, 35, mayor of Herriman, Utah, whose daughter Brooklyn was born in 2002. “When we were picking out names, we wanted to commemorate the spirit of the city. It’s not Manhattan, but it’s close.”

Famous parents who also chose Brooklyn include Gary Levox of Rascal Flatts, and filmmaker Jonathan Demme, and it’s also the name of supermodel Brooklyn Decker.

Would you ever name your child Brooklyn? Do you like state/city names in general? Or do you prefer more traditional names?

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Danielle Sullivan writes for Babble Pets. She is also an award-winning parenting writer, who authors a monthly column for NY Parenting and ASPCA Parents blog. You can read more of her work at her blog,Some Puppy To Love. Read bio and latest posts → Read Danielle's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Popular NYC-Based Baby Name On The Rise

  1. Gagagolly says:

    I was JUST talking last night about how I think this is cheesy! Brooklyn, Lexington, etc…maybe if it was 20 years ago, and unique, and you were FROM New York, but other than that it seems really “put on”…

  2. Andrea says:

    Those kinds of names come with associations that will follow your child through life, whether you like it or not. You should always think of the name on a resume, and ask “is this a good way to get my child’s resume tossed in the trash?” Michael and Sarah will always be more respectable and considered more intelligent than Brooklyn and Madison. True, whether you like it or not. It will start long before your child gets a job, too. Teachers respond to low-status names, and not in a positive way, either. It’s a pretty selfish thing to do – giving your child a “unique” name.

  3. Ashlyn says:

    Andrea, it’s childish to think that way. I’m a teacher and I don’t look down on kids with uniqe names. I don’t know where you get off saying that. Michael and Sarah are so typical. I have 3 Michael’s and 2 Sarah’s in my class. Giving your child a unique name (and obviously Brooklyn isn’t that unique) is not selfish, it’s wonderful. I don’t want to seem like a b**ch, but I’m pretty insulted that you would think my daughter (who’s name is Sydney) was “low-status”. It’s abseloutly ridiculous for you to think that. So I would knock it off, before more people get pissed.

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