The Social Security Administration has released data on last year's most popular baby names, and, as Entertainment Weekly points out, many of the names are tied to popular movies and TV characters and celebrities.
As it has for the last decade and a half, Jacob is the top boy name, buoyed recently perhaps by the popularity of the
creepy island spirit from Lost nice handsome werewolf from Twilight. On the girls' side, once-dominant Isabella (inspired perhaps by both Bella from Twilight and the Izzie monster from Grey's Anatomy) has ceded first position to Sophia. A-ending names are really popular for girls these days (all of the top five end in a), and Sophia is pretty and so is Sofia Vergara, so OK, Sophia.
Things get a little weirder, obviously, the further down you go. For example, the increasingly popular boys name Jayden was number four this year, meaning, get ready for this, sixteen thousand Jaydens were born in 2011. Sixteen thousand! That's, like, a Big Ten campus entirely full of Jaydens! Or how about the nearly nine thousand Braydens (#37)? What will the world be like when the seven thousand Brooklyns (#21) born last year come of age?