Teen Mom Influence

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I’ll admit that I watched 16 and Pregnant (premiered in 2009), Teen Mom, and Teen Mom 2 when they came out. The two names from the show that have really been affected are Maci and Bentley (seen at left). Bentley is Maci’s son and they were from the very first episode of 16 and Pregnant and then Maci continued her story through Teen Mom. Maci was popular and successful in high school before becoming a teen mom and compared to the others, she seemed to be on a good track and come from a good family. She was shown juggling college and dealing with her baby’s daddy, Ryan, in the first season. Maci is a fan favorite and her son Bentley is super adorable, so it’s no surprise the name Bentley shot through the roof almost more than any other name in the 2000s. Many other reality show names also saw huge increases- The Hills’ Audrina went from 8 names in 2005 to 931 in 2008 and Laguna Beach’s Talan saw a 10,000% spike from 2003 to 2006 (it basically went from nonexistence to about 1000 babies).

The table after the break includes teen moms Maci, Jenelle, and Farrah; Maci’s son Bentley, Jenelle’s son Jace, and Chelsea’s daughter Aubree. All of these names showed an increase during the years their show was on. Interestingly, only the spelling Maci saw an increase. Macy and Macey actually went down during recent years. Some of the names, such as Bentley and most of the moms’ names, have started a downward trend after their brief popularity spike, so perhaps they’ll just be a fad. I would also bet that some people don’t want their son to be “the kid who was named after that boy on Teen Mom.”

Name Year Count Percent Change (from 3 Yrs Prior)
Bentley 2007 195 93.1
Bentley 2008 216 66.2
Bentley 2009 522 207.1
Bentley 2010 3763 1829.7
Bentley 2011 5558 2473.1
Bentley 2012 5855 1021.6
Bentley 2013 5344 42
Aubree 2007 1056 188.5
Aubree 2008 1225 145.5
Aubree 2009 1155 55.2
Aubree 2010 1408 33.3
Aubree 2011 2927 138.9
Aubree 2012 4038 249.6
Aubree 2013 4425 214.3
Maci 2007 417 -18.6
Maci 2008 409 -18
Maci 2009 450 4.4
Maci 2010 1352 224.2
Maci 2011 1728 322.5
Maci 2012 1469 226.4
Maci 2013 1331 -1.6
Jenelle 2007 79 -1.3
Jenelle 2008 84 15.1
Jenelle 2009 62 -30.3
Jenelle 2010 64 -19
Jenelle 2011 129 53.6
Jenelle 2012 104 67.7
Jenelle 2013 97 51.6
Jace 2007 2030 36.5
Jace 2008 2190 21.9
Jace 2009 2337 9.3
Jace 2010 2672 31.6
Jace 2011 3713 69.5
Jace 2012 4692 100.8
Jace 2013 6341 137.3
Farrah 2007 161 25.8
Farrah 2008 154 9.2
Farrah 2009 240 29.7
Farrah 2010 530 229.2
Farrah 2011 533 246.1
Farrah 2012 534 122.5
Farrah 2013 451 -14.9

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