Is it possible that the popularity of babies named after tech companies says something about that company's overall appeal? Maybe. Parents who name their baby Google — this, as we will see, actually happened — may not have intended to pay homage to their favorite search engine. But giving a name to your child would seem to suggest some sort of gigantic subconscious affinity. That logic might as well suggest that the rise and fall in popularity of names like Apple, Mac, Acer, Excel, and Siri say a little something about the prominence of the corresponding tech giant. Maybe.
None of those names made this year's new list the most popular baby names, and we're not even going to get back into how bad a name Hashtag is. But, in addition to the annual list, the Baby Center offers stats and trends for all the new names over the past year. And we get not only the current ranking and number of children by name, but also, too, data from year's past. It's fun! Go look yourself up. And look at this little breakdown:
The same year that Apple's stock broke records — making it not only the most valuable American company, but the most valuable company of all time — the name shot up as well.