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Wentz making Carson a hugely popular baby name in Pennsylvania

Some research performed by NBC Sports Philadelphia has revealed that there are a lot more babies now being named Carson in Pennsylvania than there were in 2015.

The logical conclusion — of course — is that the skyrocketing in popularity of the name is mainly due to the arrival of Carson Wentz in the state after being selected by the Eagles with the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

According to the US Social Security database, there were 301 babies named Carson in Pennsylvania in 2017, a clear spike from recent years.

The Eagles drafted Carson Wentz in 2016 and the rise of his name in Pennsylvania was immediate. In 2015, Carson was the 81st most popular name (181 babies) in Pennsylvania. In 2016, the year he was drafted, it became the 59th most popular name (247) and in 2017 it was up to 39th (301).

One can only imagine how much more popular Carson will be in 2018. Not only that, what if it would have been Wentz, not Nick Foles, who led the Eagles to a Super Bowl LII victory? That said, it would be interesting to see if Nick is becoming a more popular baby name in Pennsylvania as well.

The NBC Sports Philly article also includes an interesting aside about how the ascension of Carson in baby-name popularity in Pennsylvania mirrors what happened when Chase became a popular choice as Chase Utley rose to in-state superstardom with the Philadelphia Phillies.


All that aside, the notion that Carson will only increase in popularity as a baby name in The Keystone State is a relative no-brainer. Wentz is after all coming off an MVP-caliber campaign only derailed by a a torn ACL in November. And from the sound of it, Wentz is eager to get back on the field and prove why that should be the case.

It is of course not unusual in the least for folks to name babies after their sports heroes or to honor their beloved teams (here, here, here, here). Let’s just hope no Eagles fans that are soon-to-be parents go the George Costanza route and decide to honor Wentz by naming their newborn “Eleven.”