Here are the top baby names of 2015, including Instagram filters and characters from 'Empire.'

Here are the top baby names of 2015, including Instagram filters and characters from 'Empire.'
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BabyCenter released its findings for the most popular baby names of 2015, and there are many you'd expect, plus several that will leave you concerned about humanity. The winners of 2015 have been in the top 5 for the past several years, which means everyone still wants to have the same identically named children just as they have the same mid-sized SUVs. Sheep! But at least they're not naming their babies as strangely as celebrities do, or giving them names like the ones that are predicted to be tops in the UK.

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Mom with either Jackson or Sophia.
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Here are the top 10 baby names for girls:

  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Ava
  5. Mia
  6. Isabella
  7. Zoe
  8. Lily
  9. Emily
  10. Madison

And here are the top 10 baby names for boys (notably absent are the name of the author of this article, and the name Bort):

  1. Jackson
  2. Aiden
  3. Liam
  4. Lucas
  5. Noah
  6. Mason
  7. Ethan
  8. Caden
  9. Logan
  10. Jacob

These are all lovely names, and none are surprising based on the birth announcements one sees in their Facebook feed. But there are other names on the rise, from less than scholarly sources: 

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Many of Instagram’s filter names are gaining in popularity as baby names including Lux (up 75 percent since 2014), Ludwig (up 42 percent), Amaro (up 26 percent), Reyes (up 10 percent), Hudson (up 4 percent), and Kelvin (up 3 percent) for boys. Additionally, Valencia (up 26 percent), Juno (up 30 percent), and Willow (up 13 percent) are on the rise for girls.

Pretty genius move to name your kid after an app. After all, apps, startups, and social media networks last forever. But that's no match to a spike in baby names resulting from the TV show Empire:

The TV favorite Empire skyrocketed in popularity, and parents took note of more than the plot twists and hit songs. Names from the show’s family soared up the baby names chart including Dre (up 77 percent), Lyon (up 61 percent), and Hakeem (up 55 percent). And the name Lucious entered BabyCenter’s baby names database for the first time in three years.

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A child learning it was named after Empire is going to be more difficult than learning it was an accident. The parents will try to explain their rationale, and then describe how people once watched broadcast television instead of binging shows online. Let's be thankful there are no trendy baby names influenced by reality TV shows.

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