-- What are the top baby name trends of 2015 in the United States? The answers may surprise you.
BabyCenter's data showed that gender-neutral names were on the rise this year. Names like Wyatt, Piper, Riley and Carson all moved up in the baby name database from previous years.
"In the sixties, celestial baby names had a hippy vibe, but today’s parents are more inspired by planetary science and space travel,” Linda Murray, global editor in chief of BabyCenter, said in a news release.
One of the most interesting baby name trends of the year is credited to the popular social media application Instagram. BabyCenter data shows that Instagram filters are now gaining popularity as baby names. Ludwig, Amaro, Hudson, and Kelvin all moved up on BabyCenter's baby name database for popular baby names for boys, and Valencia, Juno and Willow moved up on the baby name database as popular baby names for girls.
“This is the first time we’ve seen technology break through as a source of name inspiration,” Murray said. “Photo-sharing is a daily and emotional part of Millennials’ lives, and those two ingredients can trigger love for a name.”
BabyCenter revealed one popular baby naming trend of 2015 comes from the hit show "Empire." The "empire effect," as BabyCenter is calling it, caused names from the show’s family to shoot up BabyCenter’s baby names database.
The name Dre moved up 77 percent, Lyon moved up 61 percent, Hakeem moved up 55 percent, and the name Lucious entered BabyCenter’s baby names database for the first time in three years.
In regard to the top baby names of 2015, BabyCenter's data shows multiple repeats from the data in previous years, which the digital resource center says is no surprise.
“Our data shows that the top-10 list stays relatively stable for three to five years," Murray said. "Sophia has been a powerhouse for six years, thanks to the variety of spelling options and the multi-ethnic, multi-language appeal of the name. I predict Jackson’s popularity will be more fleeting. We’ll likely have a new number-one boys’ name next year,” she continued.
So without further ado, here are the top baby names of 2015.
Top 10 Baby Names of 2015