US Parents Choosing 'Palin' as Girls' First Name

Thursday, 07 Apr 2011 11:24 AM

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More Americans are naming their baby girls Palin, using the surname of the former Alaska governor who is now considering a run for the White House, according to the BabyCenter website.

palin, favored, first, name, girlsThe name Palin tripled in popularity between 2008 and 2009 after Sarah Palin’s rise to prominence as the Republican vice presidential nominee, the Daily Mail reported Thursday.

The BabyCenter data showed that there were three Palins per million babies born in 2008. The following year, that number shot up to 20 for every million births. In 2010, the name’s popularity dropped slightly to 16 little girls being named Palin out of every million that were born.

If Sarah Palin runs for president, the popularity of the name is sure to soar. Other political figures also have sparked baby names trends, including the names Barack and Biden. However, Palin remains more popular than both of those.

Even so, baby names connected to political personalities pale in comparison to the most popular girls names, which are currently Sophia, Olivia and Isabella. An estimated 14,000 new babies in every million are given those names.

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