If skeptics needed another cold, hard piece of evidence about Empire’s cultural significance, here it is.
BabyCenter has revealed 2015’s top 10 names based on the Baby Names Survey (spoilers: Jackson and Sophia topped the list), and among the trends pointed out was a gigantic boost in names from Fox’s smash drama.
Dre and Hakeem, the oldest and youngest sons of the leading family, saw rises of 77 and 55 percent between last year and this year, while Lyon jumped 61 percent. No big move was noted for the middle child Jamal, but patriarch and all-around bad guy Lucious re-entered the survey for the first time in three years.
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As for Cookie? You’ll still have to ask about her. She’s nowhere to be seen, nor is her legal name, Loretha.
See BabyCenter’s findings here. Empire airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.