Even after he left this world, Kobe Bryant is leaving his mark on it. The Los Angeles Lakers legend was killed in a helicopter crash in January along with his daughter Gianna and seven other passengers. Kobe and his daughter are inspiring the new generations of parents to name their children after them and they are two of the most popular names of 2020 in the United States.
On Monday, BabyCenter released their most popular baby names list public and the Bryant duo saw their names make a big jump on the list, gaining a lot of popularity after the pair were killed at the beginning of the year.
Moving beyond the top 10, the name Kobe was far and away the biggest riser on the list for boys in 2020, climbing 379 spots to number 216. The tragic loss of beloved basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash in January 2020 inspired many new parents to name their children in their honor. The name Gianna also saw a huge increase, moving up 52 spots to number 24 on the girls list.
"2020 has been an especially emotional year for families, filled with stress, loss, and uncertainty," said Linda Murray, BabyCenter's global editor in chief. "At a time like this, parents are seeking comfort by naming their babies after people they admire, especially those who've passed on. We expect this trend to continue well into 2021."
This is the best homage they can receive. They had unique and beautiful names and a lot of kids will be proud to be named after these two. We lost Kobe and Gianna while they both were still young and their loss will be hard to overcome. Still, their spirit and all the good things they did will always accompany their names.