It seems 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 Utah, South Dakota and North Dakota 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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