Miley — the name, not the person — is so 2008.
The moniker became a popular one for girls, peaking at No. 128 when Miley Cyrus starred on Hannah Montana as a teen. However, it was the fastest-falling baby name for girls in 2014, based on data released by the Social Security Administration on Friday.
Laura Wattenberg, who's behind the website Baby Name Wizard, says the explanation of why the name fell from a peak of 128 in 2008 to 793 in 2014 is simple.
"If you look to 2013 and 2014, when parents were making their name decisions, Miley Cyrus was not getting the best publicity. That was around the time of her appearance with Robin Thicke [on the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards]. Miley Cyrus was the reason why thousands of girls were named Miley and then... the name belonged to her too much."
So which names were popular in 2014? For the girls, Emma — as in Stone, Roberts, and Watson — proved to be unstoppable and remained on top for a second straight year. Olivia, Sophia, Isabella, and Ava also ranked among the top five. Baby boys were most frequently named Noah (No. 1 for the second year in a row), followed by Liam, Mason, Jacob, and William were close behind.
Wattenberg crunched the numbers and saw a few more ways celebrities influenced the list:
Teen Moms are role models. "This year, three of the top 10 fastest-rising names were babies from the MTV show Teen Mom," Wattenberg said. "Gannon [son of Teen Mom 3's Mackenzie McKee], Paislee [daughter of Teen Mom 2's Taylor Halbur] with two e's, and Nova (daughter of Teen Mom's Catelyyn Lowell] were all fast rising, and there are other reality kids, too. Karter with a K from Love and Hip Hop was the No. 2 fastest-rising boy's name.
Rock 'n' roll forever... well, at least beginning in 2014. Wattenberg also noted a trend of musical names. For example, Everly, the name Channing Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum chose for their daughter in 2013, which brings to mind the Everly Brothers.
"You find girls girls named Everly and Lennon, and boys named Hendrix and Jagger. And now Axl, spelled like Axl Rose," Wattenberg said. "We've been seeing that for a while but what we're seeing now is some of the sort of harder-edged names. In the past, I think parents felt like they couldn't go so far as Axl, at least not without the 'e.' But you only need a little nudge to cross over that line. Fergie named her son Axl [in 2013], and it sort of took the handcuffs off."
Charlotte's weaving a bigger web than ever. The classic first name that the royals recently chose for their new arrival is hotter than ever. It ranked 10th on the list of the most popular names, and surprisingly, it's the first time Charlotte has ever appeared in the top 10 at all.
"Up until the '90s, Charlotte was an old-fashioned Southern name, then Sex and the City arrived," Wattenberg explained. "That was the Charlotte who just sparked the name taking off, especially in the Northeast and the West Coast, where it hadn't been used much before."
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Now that Princess William and Duchess Kate have selected the moniker for their baby, it's not certain it will climb any higher. "It might continue to, but some parents will be scared off the name because of all the publicity," Wattenberg said.
Just ask Miley.