Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Zayn Malik have inspired parents nationwide to name their babies after the pop sensations. Name.org listed the top 20 musicians that have inspired baby names since the start of their careers, and even linked the names’ popularity with spikes in the artists’ successes. While some names, like Ariana and Selena, have been popular even before the emergence of the pop stars, names like Rihanna and Miley are undoubtedly rooted in fandom. Even baby name Zayn became increasingly popular in 2016 – 741 boys in comparison to the 46 named Zayn in 2010 – after the One Direction member went solo.
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