Many photographers take a dim view of Instagram filters. Many parents, evidently, don’t.
According to Baby Center, parents naming their children after Instagram filters is a thing. Names such as Lux, Juno, Reyes, Ludwig, Amaro, Valencia, Willow are trending:
The Instagram-inspired name Lux is up 75 percent on our list of baby boy names, and it’s slightly up on our list of baby girl names too. (Though technically not a filter, the photo-editing tool balances exposure, adds brightness, and makes images pop.)
One newer filter, Ludwig, jumped 42 percent on our boys’ name list. Other popular filter names for boys include Amaro (up 26 percent), Reyes (up 10 percent), Hudson (up 4 percent), and Kelvin (up 3 percent).
For baby girls, the name Juno leaped 30 percent in popularity. (The Juno filter, introduced in 2015, makes outdoor photos especially gorgeous.) Valencia, which gives pictures a soft, warm glow, rose 26 percent on our girls’ name list. Willow gained 13 percent.
Far be it from us to bemoan a parent’s right to choose their child’s name and there are certainly worse baby names floating around out there. And it’s heartening to see that photography is seeping so profoundly into our culture… right?
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