The popularity of "Twilight," "Vampire Diaries" and other similarly themed pop-culture phenomena has certainly left a deep mark on the entertainment world — but has it left a more literal impression on generations to come? According to the recently released Social Security Administration's annual "Popular Baby Names" list, it seems that parents have been naming their newborns after "Twilight" characters.
According to the report, which tracked the most popular baby names of 2009, the top two names for male and female babies were Jacob and Isabella, which also happen to be the names of two of the main characters in the "Twilight" saga, Jacob Black and Bella Swan, respectively.
Both names have been "popular" — in or close to the top 10 — for several years (Jacob has been in the top spot for 11 years), but it is the increased popularity of the name Cullen (after Meyer's beloved Edward) at #485, having jumped 297 spots from #782 in 2008, that raises the eyebrow. It is also surprising that the first name of Bella's paramour, Edward, didn't crack the top 50. (It came in at #137 in popularity for 2009).
The 10 most popular girls' names, in order, are: Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Ava, Emily, Madison, Abigail, Chloe and Mia.
The 10 most popular boys' name, also in order, are: Jacob, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, William, Joshua, Daniel, Jayden, Noah and Anthony.
Would you name your child after a "Twilight" character? Or any fictional character, for that matter? And what will these kids think of their names in 15-20 years, once they're old enough to understand what inspired their parents' choices?