Color Us surprised! Instagram has inspired parents to name their children after the popular platform’s filters, according to the annual BabyCenter Baby Names Survey released on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
For boys, the names Lux and Ludwig — two filters that have increased in popularity by 75 percent and 42 percent, respectively, since last year — were the most popular. Other filters that parents chose for their boys’ names included Amaro, Reyes, Hudson, and Kelvin.
For girls, the names Valencia, Juno, and Willow were the most popular this year.
“We were a little surprised by this,” Linda Murray, editor-in-chief of BabyCenter, told TODAY Parents. “But there’s this beautiful thing that happens with an Instagram filter. You take these precious moments in your life and it makes them even more beautiful, it enhances them. I think people just have really warm feelings about that and these names come into their consciousness.”
Still, not every Instagram filter is translating to a child’s name.
“No one’s naming their baby X-Pro II,” Murray joked. “They’re looking for something unique, but not unheard of.”
According to BabyCenter, almost 75 percent of new moms use their phones to share photos of their children, with 30 percent sharing pics daily.
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