News

Naming your kid Brooklyn proves you’re a tourist

Naming your kid Brooklyn proves you’re a tourist

BROOKLYN:Chances are good that at least one of these children will be named Brooklyn. Photo: clipart.com

NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe it’s the ultimate sign that New York City’s up-and-coming borough has finally arrived: Brooklyn is now one of the nation’s most popular baby names.

Over the past two decades, Brooklyn as a name for girls has surged from No. 912 to the top 30 in each of the last three years. Some credit soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, for naming their son Brooklyn. Some cite actress Brooklyn Decker. Others point to “Girls” and the other TV shows and movies that tap into the borough’s gritty, cool vibe.

But one thing is clear: Of the 41 states where Brooklyn is now the most popular girl’s name beginning with B, New York is not among them.

Real Brooklynites say naming your child Brooklyn is strictly for out-of towners.

Recent Headlines

35 mins ago in National

Making headlines this week

Fresh
A couple is seen through an American flag as they walk to a polling place for the New Hampshire primary, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A look back at some of the week's biggest headlines and the stories you may have missed.

1 hour ago in Entertainment, National

Roses and roaches: Cold-hearted Valentine’s Day ideas

Fresh
valentines

With the coldest air in more than a decade forecast to grip the United States this Valentine's Day weekend, the holiday dedicated to love is flashing its frigid side.

6 hours ago in National

Consumers flexing their muscles

shopping

U.S. consumer spending regained momentum in January as households ramped up purchases of a variety of goods, in a hopeful sign that economic growth was picking up after slowing to a crawl at the end of 2015.

7 hours ago in Sports

Kobe to headline All-Star Sunday

22-overlay-8

Kobe Bryant has spent a career tormenting the Toronto fan base and now he is set to entertain it as the NBA's All-Star Weekend descends on Canada for the first time and welcomes Bryant for his swan song.