'Palin' Latest Hot Baby Name?

It surged in popularity, but probably lacks staying power
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2011 8:49 AM CDT
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin arrives to the Western Wall tunnels in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, March 20, 2011.   (AP Photo/Daniel Bar On)
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(Newser) – The number of families who chose the name "Palin" for their babies in 2008: three per million. The number in 2009? Twenty per million, according to the BabyCenter website. A good bump, but not exactly the hot new baby name, a naming expert tells Today. Despite the jump in "Palin" popularity, naming babies after politicians is still seen as risky ever since Nixon's Watergate scandal. Plus, the name is already declining in popularity: In 2010, it was down to 16 per million. But, the expert adds, we probably will see a future generation full of Bristols, Pipers, and Willows.

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