The most popular baby names for girls and boys were released Friday from BabyCenter. This year is no different from those in the past: celebrities, fictional characters, and reality stars continue to determine popular (and unpopular) names.
We see it on the list every year, parents being influenced by the media, Linda Murray, BabyCenter's global editor-in-chief, told CNN News. Fifty percent said, 'I'm influenced by celebrities, pop culture, what I see in the news.' If it's someone you really admire, you'll see a big jump.
In 2011, the name Aiden continued to top the list for the seventh year in a row. The name first became popular in 2003, mysteriously coinciding with the end of popular TV series, Sex and the City. Aiden was the name of one of Carrie's two major love-interests.
This year celebrity culture continued to help determine which names rose to claim their place on top. Mason, the name of Kourtney Kardashian's son, soared eight spots since 2010 and now ranks in third place as the most popular boys' name.
For girls' names, Sophia continues to rule the list. The second most popular name is Emma, potentially influenced by Emma Watson who plays Hermione in the Harry Potter film series. Isabella is the third most popular name for girls and may have been influenced by the main female character, Bella (short for Isabella), from the Twilight series.
Stars and pop culture have the power to destroy names, too. The usually popular name Charlie, forever linked with the infamous Charlie Sheen, fell in the rankings for boys to 63rd.
The name Mackenzie was ranked at 24 on last year's girls' list, but dropped to 78 in 2011. This shift might be attributed the unpopular Mackenzie on TLC show Toddlers and Tiaras.
Top 10 Girl and Boy Baby Names in 2011