Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Destiny Hope Cyrus's Impact on Popular Baby Names for Girls

In 2008, she legally changed her name to Miley Ray, which, according to IMdb, was given to her by her parents in the hopes that she would achieve greatness.  Well, they can certainly check "notoriety" off on the list by now.

From the above table, it's clear that Miley has had a meteoric impact on baby name choices.  Hannah Montana premiered on the Disney Channel on March 24, 2006.  The following year, the name "Miley" shot onto the list of top 1000 girls baby names at #279.  Does it have staying power?  After jumping to #128, "Miley" is now in a 4-year slide, making it look as though a fizzle might be in the works.  Call me hopeful, but after this year's MTV Video Music Awards broadcast, I can't imagine many parents eager to hang this name on their baby girl.

As for Destiny, it was a name already growing in popularity when Miley was born in 1992 == at #130, eventually working its way as high as #32. 

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