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kimkardashian/InstagramThe world raised a collective eyebrow whenKim Kardashian WestandKanye Westnamed their firstborn childNorth West. And sure, the moniker is, well, unlikely, but it's actually reflective of a serious trend in baby naming (this shouldn't surprise anyone—the Kardashians have a pretty obvious lock on trendsetting).
Celebrities have been into the unusual baby names for some time now, but it's clear that this line of thinking has trickled down to the masses. Think about the new parents you know: You probably have a few friends who chose classic names (James, Mary, Catherine, Jonathan...), but you probably know quite a few people who went with more modern, unconventional monikers.
Turns out, you're not imagining it: Recent research indicates that the frequency of once "popular" baby names dropped between 2004 and 2015. To put it in perspective: Just 10.09 percent of boys born received top 10 names between 2004 and 2006, and that number fell below 10 percent in subsequent years. An even lower percentage of girls born during that time frame were given top 10 names, with just 7.88 percent between 2008 and 2015, according toLive Science.
It does sort of make sense: Now more than ever, your name is your brand, and having one that stands out can make you memorable. Unconventional names translate well in our increasingly digital world: They mean you can likely get an email address, social media handle and domain name that reflect your identity on the most basic level.
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