With more shows on than ever — and, of course, infinite ways to watch them — it seems like Americans’ obsession with television reached new heights in 2015. But is that obsession also inadvertently shaping our next generation?
BabyCenter on Tuesday released its annual roundup of the most popular baby names in the United States, and while there isn’t any concrete evidence to support that these names are influenced by specific TV shows — sadly, neither Ichabod nor Hakeem cracked the top 100 — there are more than a few popular series represented in this year’s list.
On the list of girls’ names, the ever-popular Emma (Once Upon a Time) and Olivia (Scandal) reign supreme, while the boys’ list features first-timers Mateo (Jane the Virgin) and Ezra (Pretty Little Liars).
Again, it’s more than likely that most of those connections are total coincidences, but it still presents an opportunity to ask this question: Have you ever thought of naming your child after a TV character? (I’ll get the ball rolling: I’ve fancied the name Cole ever since watching Charmed, demonic connections not withstanding.)
Any TV names you fancy? Drop ’em in a comment below.