This Hollywood celebrity is being held responsible for the decline of this popular baby name

Publish Date
Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 11:22AM
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Have you ever wondered what the power of being famous can do to the popularity of names? Well, let us show you just what the effects could be!

Okay, lets put this into context a little bit. According to Social Security's annual list of the most popular baby name, the name Caitlin has taken a massive hit off the back of reality star Caitlyn Jenner, in fact, it's plummetted more than any other name in this year's survey.

In fact, the four names that dropped the most were all variations of the same name: Caitlin, Caitlyn, Katelynn and Kaitlynn.

"It was inevitable," said Laura Wattenberg, founder of BabynameWizard.com. "Caitlyn was already falling in popularity. Now it is suddenly controversial." 

Pop culture doesn't always have a negative effect on names, though. Star Wars seems to have had a decent effect on new bebes. 

One of the fastest rising names in the US is Kylo, as in Kylo Ren, Han Solo's and Princess Leia's son from Star Wars - The Force awakens.

Star Wars - The Force Awakens took the world by storm when it was released December 2015, so it's no wonder that the iconic movie franchise is starting to take over the real world as well. We assume there are a lot of fathers looking to play out their own Star Wars fantasies at some point.

Some other interesting data from the research shows that the name Donald is falling in popularity (hmmm wonder why...), having dropped 45 spots from where it was during the last survey.