When there are ten children named Mason in your kid’s kindergarten class, blame the Kardashians.
The U.S. Social Security Administration just released its annual list of baby names and Mason — the name of Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick’s 2-year-old son — has leaped in popularity. It is now the second most popular name for boys in the U.S.
It wouldn’t be the first time reality television made an impact on the list. Last year, MTV’s hit show Teen Mom made the names Maci and Bentley, after the young mother and son on the show, popular: Bentley was the 100th most popular name for boys after failing to appear in the top 500 in 2009. Isabella and Jacob — names ripped from the pages of The Twilight Saga – are near the top of the lists for the second straight year. (Sorry, Team Edward.) In fact, many of the names at the top of the list bear some pop culture connotations. The fourth most popular girl’s name, Olivia, could come from the popular children’s books of the same name (or from Olivia Dunham, a character on the cult TV show Fringe). The continuing popularity of Emma, at #3, may be due to the fact it’s what Jennifer Aniston’s character named her daughter on Friends. Americans also continue to look to the bible, at least for boy’s names (no mention of a Madison or Ava in the good book). Along with Jacob, Noah, Michael and Daniel are all in the top ten.
And here are the top trending names for babies born in 2011: