Babies named after Kardashian kid, Jerseylicious star

Reality TV is once again affecting the names of babies: An increasing number of people named their kids Mason and Briella, which the Social Security Administration attributes to the son of Keeping Up With the Kardashians‘ Kourtney Kardashian and a star of Jerseylicious.

While Briella–like Jerseylicious‘s Briella Calafiore–is the 497th most-popular name, it moved up 394 positions; Mason is much more popular, having moved from 12 to 2, having jumped from 34 to 12 following the Kardashian kid’s late 2009 birth, the AP reports.

Last year, Teen Mom led an increasing number of parents to name their kids Maci and Bentley.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.