Whether we're aware of it or not, TV plays a big role in our lives. As the Video Advertising Bureau's "TV @ The Epicenter of American Society" report suggests, TV affects everything from the memes we exchange to the phrases we say and the styles we wear—even the names we choose for our babies.
Below, 17 baby names that are rising in popularity thanks to TV shows.
In Pretty Little Liars, Aria Montgomery, one of the show's four protagonists, is played by Lucy Hale.
Although Wizards of Waverly Place has been off the air for five years, people are still naming their babies after the show's spunky and smart character, Harper Finkle.
Parents who name their child after this Sons of Anarchy character—a mechanic—may also shorten it to "Jax."
Another name inspired by a character from Pretty Little Liars, Ezra is a Hebrew baby name that means "help" or "helper."
The rising popularity of this name may be because of Claire Dunphy, a stay-at-home-mom-turned-working-mom, on the show Modern Family.
Inspired by the protagonist in Vampire Diaries, the name Elena means "shining light" or "bright one" in Spanish.
Although Elliot in Mr. Robot is anti-social and dark, that hasn't stopped fans from naming their adorable babies after him.
Another popular baby name from Modern Family, Luke is the son of Claire and Phil Dunphy, and is one playful, mischievous kid.
This name has become trendy because of Connie Britton's character Vivien Harmon, a cellist trying to repair her family, in American Horror Story.
Who knew such a tiny being could make such a big splash in baby names? This one is courtesy of Gossip Girl, where Milo Humphrey is the name of Georgina Sparks' and Philip Becker's son.
People are naming their daughters after this independent, strong, smallsword-wielding character from Game of Thrones, according to a BBC report.
This unique name comes from the timid and beautiful princess Daenerys Targaryen, aka Khaleesi in Game of Thrones.
There's no doubt about it: if you happen to meet a kiddo named Tyrion in the next few years, chances are, at least one of the parents is a huge Game of Thrones fan and has a special place in his or her heart for the super smart character.
Taken from Game of Thrones, the name Brienne belongs to a headstrong yet loyal badass woman on the show.
Brienne of Tarth
This name comes from the show Scandal, where Olivia Pope, now Chief of Staff of the White House, is portrayed by Kerry Washington. Olivia is also the second most popular baby girl name for 2016, according to the Social Security Administration.
Also considered a Victorian name meaning "industrious," Emily happens to be the name of one of the four protagonists of Pretty Little Liars.
Ever since the Gilmore Girls reboot in 2016, this name, made famous by Alexis Bledel's character, has become trendier, jumping 44 spots from a ranking of 681 in 2015 to a ranking of 637 just last year, according to the Social Security Administration.
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