Love ’em or hate ’em, the Kardashian clan’s influence is tough to ignore. In the land of baby names, they’ve helped keep alternative K spellings alive, with the name Khloe getting a big boost from her family’s reality endeavors.
Kourtney gets kredit (couldn’t resist) for helping propel Mason to the height of heights. In 2009, Mason ranked #34 and was climbing steadily. Then Kourtney and boyfriend Scott Disick gave the name to their son, and Mason skyrocketed, reaching #12 a year later, and #2 in 2011. I’m reluctant to attribute all of our madness for Mason to Keeping up with the Kardashians, but hey – they family is inescapable, and even if you would never, ever, ever name a child after a a celebutante’s kid, all that exposure for Mason surely put him on the radar of many more parents.
Now she and Scott have welcomed a daughter named Penelope Scotland. The scenario is eerily similar. The name has been trending up, up, up, with a few other notables using the name in recent months.
Does this mean that Penelope will follow Mason’s trajectory?
My suspicion is that she will. Penelope went from #200 in 2010 to #169 in 2011. And here’s the thing: she’s on everyone’s list. She’s smart, quirky, undeniably stylish. Like her big brother, this Kardashian kid has a flat-out great name.
I’m more intrigued by Scotland. Clearly a spin on dad’s name, Scott, akin to Mason’s middle, Dash, from KarDASHian. Scotland has never been a common given name in the US, but why not? Now that Scott is firmly in dad name territory, Scotland feels like a fresh spin.
A handful of girls were named Scotlyn, Scottlyn, Scottlynn, and yes, Scotland in 2011. Of course, Scotland also seems like a possible place name for a boy.
So if Penelope is the new Olivia, could Scotland be the new … Brooklyn? And what do you think of the reality star’s choice?