Whether you love it or hate it, Twilight has infiltrated our society, and it seems to show no signs of stopping. To give you an example of how much this fictional story has affected our world, let’s look at the Social Security Administration’s list of newborn baby names for 2009.
The most popular boy’s name is currently Jacob, but that may have little to do with the popularity of the Twilight series. Since 1999, Jacob has held the #1 spot for male baby names. Out of 4.1 million babies born in 2009, 21,000 were named Jacob. Those poor kids are in for a world of lycanthropic humiliation.
As for the female protagonist in Twilight, Bella, the name now ranks at #58, leaping 64 spots from the previous year. At this rate, Bella may become the #1 female newborn name for 2010, but only time and data will tell. As a side note, Isabella is currently the most popular female newborn name. I pray we do not see the #1 and #2 spot filled with both Isabella and Bella.
Rounding out the sudden boom of newborn Twilight popularity is the name Cullen, from the character Edward Cullen. In 2008, the name was ranked at #782. In 2009, however, it jumped nearly 300 spots to claim the rank of #485. While that is still very low on the list, it shows just how much of a popularity explosion there was among child-expecting Twilight fans. Again, one can only hope that this trend does not continue into 2010 and we find ourselves suddenly surrounded by mass amounts of Cullen babies.
In 2010, the New York Times interviewed a woman who had read Breaking Dawn while pregnant and later named her newborn Cullen. The mother had this to say: “I like old names. And most of [the Twilight] characters in there are vampires. So they are really, really old names.”
Yes, clearly those fictional characters based on fictional beings are very old, and their names are equally as fictional and old. You have it right, Mrs. Twilight Fan, you have it right.