The two fastest-growing names for boys in the U.S. last year were inspired by the hit show “Yellowstone,” according to the Social Security Administration (SSA).
SSA said the names “Dutton” and “Kayce” are number 1 and number 2 on its list of the five fastest growing boy names in 2022.
Dutton is the surname of the fictional family that owns the Yellowstone ranch on the popular Paramount Network show. Kevin Costner plays the patriarch, John Dutton. His son on the show is Kayce Dutton, played by Luke Grimes.
“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 Social Security Commissioner.
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“And just like a name, Social Security is with you throughout your life’s journey,” he said.
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SSA began compiling a list of popular baby names in 1997. Each year, the list reveals pop culture’s effect on naming trends, the agency says.
The “Yellowstone” series, created by real-life farmer Taylor Sheridan, has been wildly successful and is now a franchise with three spin-offs. The show features generations of Duttons since the early 1800s fighting to keep their Montana ranch land.
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Sheridan’s “Yellowstone” empire already includes prequels “1883” and “1923” as well as the upcoming spin-off “Bass Reeves.”
The original show starring veteran actor Costner will not be renewed for a sixth season, the network announced earlier this year.
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But Paramount Media Networks president and CEO Chris McCarthy confirmed in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter last month that Matthew McConaughey is in line to star in an expansion series set in the “Yellowstone” universe.
Fox News Digital’s Ashley Hume contributed to this report.