Caitlyn Jenner Singlehandedly Wrecks Trend Parents Have Loved For Years

Caitlyn Jenner Singlehandedly Wrecks Trend Parents Have Loved For Years

I almost feel sorry for Caitlyn Jenner. The name ‘Caitlyn’ has been a popular name for babies for years. No more. All four versions of Caitlyn fell out of the top 1,000. This happened in the year that Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner. And it’s probably not a coincidence, although ‘Caitlyn’ was dropping anyway as a name out there. The four versions of the name are Caitlin, Caitlyn, Katelynn and Kaitlynn. The name is now controversial and will stay that way because of transgenderism.

Jenner’s coming out as transgender and choosing that name has forever tainted it. I don’t blame any parent from staying way, way, way away from it. But then again, parents also don’t like naming children after politicians. Right there with them. “Even parents who are huge Donald Trump supporters are unlikely to name their child Donald,” Wattenberg said. “In part, we just want to avoid controversy in picking names.” No one wants to label their child with an unfortunately controversial name. Life is hard enough without that baggage.

From the Daily Mail:

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In the year after Caitlyn Jenner announced her new name and gender, the popularity of the name Caitlyn plummeted more than any other baby name, according to Social Security’s annual list of the most popular monikers for newborns.

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 ‘Caitlyn was already falling in popularity. Now it is suddenly controversial.’

Each year, the Social Security Administration releases the top 1,000 baby names and uses the announcement to drive traffic to their website, where workers can start tracking their benefits long before they retire.

Emma was the top baby name for girls for the third year in a row, perhaps inspired by Rachel and Ross’ long awaited daughter in the TV show Friends. It was followed by Olivia, Ava, Sophia and Isabella, the Social Security Administration announced Friday.

Noah was the top baby name for boys for the fourth year in a row. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green picked the name for their own firstborn, who is now four years old. It was followed by Liam, William, Mason and James.

The Social Security Administration’s website provides lists of the top 1,000 baby names for each year, dating to 1880. Top baby names that year were John and Mary. John is now number 28 and Mary has fallen to number 127. Emma, however, was the third most popular name in 1880 and has clearly encountered some newfound popularity. But what I’ve noticed is that parents currently like uncommon names that seem unique. For instance, Bristol Palin and her husband Dakota Meyer introduced to the world their second child together, a baby girl whom they named Atlee Bay.

The top 10 baby names for girls stayed the same in 2016, though the order shuffled a bit. For boys, Alexander dropped to number 11 and Elijah cracked the top 10 for the first time ever, at number nine. Wonder where Mohammad ranks? Maybe I don’t want to know. Parents do seem to be shifting from New Testament names to Old Testament ones. That’s interesting. Every parent thinks their child is unique and wants their name to be that way. So, look for a bunch of new ones to come out… just stay away from Caitlyn. In more ways than one.

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Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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