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‘Yellowstone’ characters inspire the most popular baby names for 2023

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It’s a hit for television — and for baby naming.

According to the Social Security Administration, the “fastest rising” boy names heading into 2023 were “Dutton” and “Kayce” – inspired by the Paramount Network series “Yellowstone.”

In the show, Dutton is the last name of the fictional family that owns the Yellowstone ranch in Montana. The blockbuster series showcases the generations of Duttons who have lived on the land since the 1800s and their struggle to maintain the ranch.

Kevin Costner plays John Dutton, the patriarch of the family and the sixth generation to run the ranch, and Luke Grimes plays his son, Kayce Dutton.

It’s not uncommon for pop culture to influence popular baby names, with parenting website Nameberry predicting that the top 23 baby names of 2023 will be influenced by celebrities like Billie Eilish, Dolly Parton, and Scarlett Johansson.

The SSA has been compiling baby name lists since 1997.

“Just like your name, Social Security is with you from day one. One of the first things parents do for their newborn is give them a social security number. That makes Social Security the ultimate source for the most popular baby names every year!” said Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Commissioner of Social Security.

“And just like a name, Social Security is with you throughout your life’s journey,” Kijakazi added.


Two men riding horses.
Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) and John Dutton (Kevin Costner) run the family business in ‘Yellowstone’.

The top five fastest rising boy names in 2022 were:

  • Dutton
  • Kayce
  • chosen
  • Khaza
  • Eithan

The top five fastest rising girl names in 2022 were:

  • Wrenlee
  • Neria
  • Arlet
  • Georgina
  • Amiri

The top 10 boy names in 2022 were:

  • Liam
  • Noah
  • Oliver
  • James
  • Elijah
  • William
  • Henry
  • Luke
  • Benjamin
  • Theodore

The top 10 girl names in 2022 were:

  • Olivia
  • Emma
  • Charlotte
  • Amelia
  • Sofia
  • Isabella
  • Av
  • Mia
  • Evelyn
  • Luna

The SSA said the boy’s name Liam has topped the list for six years in a row, adding that Luna is in the girls’ top 10 for the first time.

Created by Taylor Sheridan, “Yellowstone” inspired spin-offs including the “1883” and “1923” prequels – starring Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford – and the upcoming “Bass Reeves” series.

The “Yellowstone” spin-off “1883” goes back in time to when the Dutton family settled on the land that would become the Yellowstone ranch, while “1923” picks up the story 40 years later as the family faces famine and disease.

The beleaguered hit series starred Costner, Grimes, Kelly Reilly and Cole Hauser and will wrap up this summer with the second half of Season 5.

The show heads into the sunset as creator Sheridan has faced allegations of “ridiculous” spending.

It’s also tied by an alleged feud between him and Costner that has led to claims that the former’s “ego” got in the way of production and that the latter’s schedule additionally hindered filming.

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