Did Caitlyn Jenner Kill “Caitlyn” As A Popular Baby Name?

"It was inevitable."

When it comes to parents naming new babies, Cait isn’t so great.

According to the Social Security Administration’s annual list of the most popular baby names, the name Caitlyn and its variations plummeted in popularity more than any other baby name in 2016, the year after Caitlyn Jenner publicly unveiled her new name on the cover of Vanity Fair, Slate reports.

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In fact, the four names that had the most significant drops—Caitlin, Caitlyn, Katelynn, and Kaitlynn—all fell out of the top 1,000. At the height of its popularity, Caitlin, the name’s most common spelling, ranked No. 44 in 1988. Last year it plummeted 542 spots, the biggest drop on the list, to No. 1,151.

Babynamewizard.com founder Laura Wattenberg doesn’t completely blame transphobia for the name’s increasing unpopularity. She tells Associated Press that parents generally avoid names that may attract controversy.

“It was inevitable,” she says. “Caitlyn was already falling in popularity. Now it is suddenly controversial.” No wonder the name Donald is also on the decline.

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A polarizing figure to say the least, Jenner has attracted criticism even within the LGBT community for, among other things, her continued loyalty to the Republican party and tepid endorsement of marriage equality.

Jenner’s memoir, The Secrets of My Life, was released last month.

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