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Alexa as a baby name has DROPPED in popularity since the Amazon Echo


The name Alexa has seen a huge drop in popularity since Amazon debuted its virtual assistant that bears the same moniker, a University of Maryland sociologist revealed.

Phillip Cohen, who works as a professor in College Park, revealed how Alexa has dropped in popularity after the Amazon Echo released in November 2014.

In 2015, there were 6,050 baby girls named Alexa after the virtual assistant’s name was revealed, according to Cohen who acquired the data from the Social Security Administration. 

Interesting: Alexa as a baby name has dropped since Amazon's virtual assistant was unveiled in 2014

Interesting: Alexa as a baby name has dropped since Amazon’s virtual assistant was unveiled in 2014

Update: Philip Cohen, a sociologist at the University of Maryland, reported the drop in the name Alexa. There was a slight peak in 2015 before the name fell in 2016 and 2017

Update: Philip Cohen, a sociologist at the University of Maryland, reported the drop in the name Alexa. There was a slight peak in 2015 before the name fell in 2016 and 2017

In 2016, the name fell 21.6 per cent in popularity and fell another 19.5 per cent in 2017 as the Amazon Echo became more prominent. 

This similarly happened when Apple named its own personal assistant Siri, though the name was never as popular as Alexa. 

There was a brief bump the year Siri was released in 2011 with 120 babies being named that year. But that has since dropped to only 20 new babies with the name, according to Recode. 

Cohen also looked into other prominent names to see how their popularity has differed over recent years. 

Unpopular: The name Donald has been on the decline for baby names in the last 60 years 

Unpopular: The name Donald has been on the decline for baby names in the last 60 years 

Rising: The name Malia, which is also the name of former president Barack Obama's oldest daughter, has been on the rise 

Rising: The name Malia, which is also the name of former president Barack Obama’s oldest daughter, has been on the rise 

Donald is a name that has fallen out of favor for baby boys, but this has been on the decline for the last 60 years.

In 2017, the decline continued as the popularity of the name dropped another 4.3 per cent. 

But the name Malia has grown in popularity for girls. This name notably increased because of former president Barack Obama’s eldest daughter.

The name peaked in 2009 after Obama was elected president in 2008. It then experienced a slight drop but is now on the incline again. 

In 2017, the name was up 15.4 per cent for babies.



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