Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson continue to be an enigma--or at least the status of their relationship is. Will he take her back? Will she recover professionally and personally from her cheating scandal? The questions remain, and the gossip and conjecture continues. Stewart may currently be branded with a scarlet letter of shame and seen as a bad role model to young girls everywhere, while Pattinson has continued to take the high road and play the model boyfriend--or ex, as the case might be. But the actress has seemingly had the power to provide a more positive influence on a certain sector of the population: new moms!
It was recently announced that "Isabella" won the prize of the most popular baby name of 2011 in New York City. It's actually the second year in a row that the moniker has swept the top spot. But could its hot factor really be attributed to Kristen Stewart and her role as Bella Swan in blockbuster series, The Twilight Saga? Perhaps. Hollywood Life thinks it's possible. However, that fact that it's been a contender in the top ten list of names since 2002 somewhat defeats the theory. New Yorkers obviously just like the sound of their Isabellas; it's a pretty choice that conveys strength, sophistication and beauty--everything a mom might want her daughter to also embody.
However, in light of Stewart's infidelity and her temporary fall from grace, could mothers who really were inspired in the name game by Ms. Swan and Stewart herself, be regretting the move? They may no longer wish to be reminded of the actress--or for their daughters to be called "Bella" for short!
As for those baby boys, well, Robert Pattinson missed the boat entirely. NYC's fave choice for 2011 was Jayden, as Hollywood Life confirms, but Jacob was number two. What?! Jacob Black, aka Taylor Lautner, may have lost out on the girl in Twilight, but it appears he's had a small victory over Team Edward--that is, if one is still under the assumption that new mamas have been deliberately, or even subconsciously, naming their little bundles of joy based on a movie phenomenon.
With the film saga wrapping with its final installment, Breaking Dawn-Part 2, in November, will the potentially Twilight-tinged names also end their reign? And does that mean that next year Christian (Grey) and Anastasia (Steele) from the erotic novel that's sweeping the nation, Fifty Shades of Grey, will be the new trend with the book's upcoming movie adaptation? Those names are just as pretty, but they come packed with even more scandalous undercurrents than Stewart's Bella.