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The Gone Too Soon Baby Boom

Examples of names becoming more popular when a celebrity with that name dies unexpectedly. Data from the Social Security Administration, graphs from WolframAlpha. Y-axis is proportion of babies born each year in the US with that name.


Name: SELENA

Year: 1995

Name: FARRAH

Year: 2009

(Note: Charlie's Angels premiered in 1976.)

Name: AALIYAH

Year: 2001

Name: KOBE

Year: 2020

(Window is limited, sorry. Put another way, Kobe went from the 557th most popular baby name in 2019 to the 239th in 2020.)



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