How Amy Sherman-Palladino Affected American Demographics

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These are the facts and they are undisputed.

Each year the American Government keeps a count of babies’ names. As a privacy safeguard, they only record names with at least 5 occurrences. In 1999 there was no record of the name Lorelai, meaning there were under 5 Lorelais born in 1999.

In 2000, the original broadcasting of Gilmore Girls began and the show aired from 2000 to 2006. Here’s what happened after that:

Year	Lorelai 1999	0 2000	0 2001	20 2002	68 2003	87 2004	99 2005	187 2006	262 2007	321 2008	312 2009	363 2010	371 2011	338 2012	376 2013	336 2014	335

Pretty cool, right? Prior to Gilmore Girls there were so few Lorelais that they didn’t even register. Last year, there were 335 baby girls named Lorelai.

The Original - well, the Original's Original.

I then added the alternate spelling of Lorelei as well as Rory. Both were present in the 1999 count, although in limited numbers: 44 Loreleis and 59 Rorys. To put that into perspective, the most popular girl’s name in 1999 was – coincidentally? – Emily. 26,537 Emilys. Lorelei and Rory both mirror the upward trend, with Rory levelling off around 400% higher than before Gilmore Girls:

Year	Lorelai	Lorelei	Rory 1999	0	44	59 2000	0	63	85 2001	20	99	142 2002	68	202	258 2003	87	226	316 2004	99	248	264 2005	187	248	283 2006	262	378	231 2007	321	430	244 2008	312	446	275 2009	363	504	287 2010	371	547	245 2011	338	585	288 2012	376	570	248 2013	336	598	283 2014	335	651	326

So far so funny, but what I found next really tickled me. Guess what happened to the number of babies named Kirk and Taylor? I am honestly not making this up.

Year	Kirk 1999	221 2000	188 2001	178 2002	161 2003	158 2004	140 2005	141 2006	121 2007	124 2008	95 2009	111 2010	102 2011	96 2012	97 2013	112 2014	103

Year	Taylor 1999	3070 2000	2853 2001	2309 2002	1964 2003	1828 2004	1612 2005	1576 2006	1628 2007	1430 2008	1364 2009	1092 2010	953 2011	897 2012	882 2013	822 2014	691

Amy Sherman-Palladino, you did this.

These are the facts and they are undisputed. All these statistics are from the US Social Security website and I have included the yearly figures in each chart’s Alt-text. Taylor and Kirk’s charts specify boys since there are girls named Taylor and Kirk too. All the Lorelais, Loreleis and Rorys are girls. There is no confirmation on whether Baby Taylor was born with a beard but I wouldn’t be surprised.

What do you think? Funny? Predicable? Or are you wondering just how much spare time I have?
Have you named a baby or a pet or something else after the Gilmore Girls?
Which other TV programmes do you think spawned or killed off certain names?  I know a 13-year old girl named Deanna, after the half-Betazoid from Star Trek: The Next Generation. To date, no sign of psychic abilities.
Do you predict the trends will continue? …bearing in mind the advance of Gilmore Girls on Netflix – or has too much time passed? Lorelai, Rory and Kirk appear to have plateaued since 2006.
Are you wondering how Jess, Dean and Logan fare against each other? Or Alexis and Lauren? Should you feel the urge to go researching, let us know what you find!

Rory’s baby pic c/o TheWB. Chart stats c/o US Social Security, charts with help from Google Docs.

 

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Rich

Rich originally began contributing to GIlmore News as 'Dairyman' in 2013, a reference to the character Dairyman Dick in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, (call me Rich). Here in the UK we were late to the Gilmore party and I don't remember what made me watch my first episode - the one where Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station after she and Logan steal a yacht - but I remember watching it again immediately. And then again. Thankfully, the next show was on the next day and I watched that one three times too. And then the boat one again. I couldn't believe the dialogue was so quick and so funny and I pretended to myself that I was only watching it so I could figure out who I was more keen on - the mom or the daughter. I swore that Aaron Sorkin must have been involved but I couldn't find his name attached anywhere, even on the internet. So I watched and loved and laughed and cried and the day after the series finale, they ran the entire show from the beginning again and Rory turned into a baby so then I was all about Lorelai. Lauren Graham is astonishing ("Mother: Breathtaking") and the show was - and is - lightning in a bottle. It's a treasure for those who watch and get swept up in it, like I did and like the readers of Gilmore News. It's heartbreak and chicken soup, family dysfunction and blind optimism, lighthearted romanticism and balls-out brilliant. Thanks to Arieanna and gilmorenews.com for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

10 thoughts on “How Amy Sherman-Palladino Affected American Demographics

  • July 29, 2015 at 8:54 pm
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    Seems like pop-culture has been popping up in the baby naming game for at least the last 30 yeras, thus the correlation between Gilmore and baby girls named after Lorelai seems spot on. Suspect there have also been clusters of babies in specific eras named after popular princesses [both real and Disney], actresses, first ladies, etc.

    Considering when she was born, I also wonder if there was any correlation between AB’s full name and a certain SI swimsuit supermodel who was starting to receive some attention in the early 80’s–

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  • August 6, 2015 at 11:14 am
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    No “Sookies” love that name!! … maybe more so for a pet, but still can’t smile when I hear it!

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  • August 6, 2015 at 11:15 am
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    Meant to say I can’t help smiling when I hear it!!

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  • August 8, 2015 at 10:24 am
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    Thank goodness for that I was about to call a paramedic.

    No Sookies until recently and I wonder how much of those come from True Blood’s Sookie Stackhouse…

    Apologies for the recent and upcoming spotty coverage this month, I’m vacationing here and there. And if I’m being honest, I’m a little disheartened after the non-announcement of anything concrete at the ATX Festival.

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  • August 11, 2015 at 4:01 am
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    I am totally going to name my daughter Lorelai if I ever have one. It just seems so natural.

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    • August 13, 2015 at 12:42 pm
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      And your dog Paul Anka? Or Kirk :O)

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  • September 11, 2015 at 5:36 am
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    Or slipping in subtly… adding Leigh or Victoria as a middle name?

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  • October 7, 2015 at 9:56 pm
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    My name is Lorelei and my moms name is Lorelei too. Funny thing is, I was born before the show even started. And my mom is a single mom. people always ask me if I was named Lorelei because of this show even thouigh I’m like five years older than it

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  • October 7, 2015 at 10:49 pm
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    Get out of town!! Do either of you ever go by ‘Rory’?

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