‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ inspires — yes — baby names

50 Shades of Grey series by E.L. James

This file combo made of book cover images provided by Vintage Books shows the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trilogy by best-selling author E L James. (AP Photo/Vintage Books)

This summer, folks mused about whether women’s newfound love of “Fifty Shades of Grey” — and their spiced-up love lives — might cause a baby boom. I haven’t seen any stats on it, but it looks like the erotic trilogy has influenced moms (and moms-to-be) in a new way: Baby names.

Now, I’m not sure what the thought process is behind naming your child after a character in an erotic trilogy — but it’s happening.

BabyCenter, a parenting and pregnancy website, released the top 100 baby names for 2012. Traditional favorites like Emma and Jacob still made the top 10, but names Grey, Gray, Anastasia and Ana all made significant jumps:

  • The name Grey rose 155 spots for boys — an 18 percent gain.
  • The alternate spelling Gray gained 73 places.
  • The name Anastasia skipped up 43 spots — a 10 percent increase.
  • The nickname Ana gained 15 percent.

Some noble jumps, sure — but none of the four names cracked the top 100. The list comes from nearly half a billion parents who share their children’s names with BabyCenter, according to the site.

What do you think — would you name your child after a “Fifty Shades” character? What about a character from a more tame book?

— Read reviews of the three books: “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed
York, Pa., a “hotbed” for “Fifty Shades” readers

About Sarah Chain

I'm an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.
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