Report: A lot of people are naming their children after Yasiel Puig.

Last year, colleague Sarah Favot reported that Yasiel Puig‘s popularity was about to cause a surge in eponymous babies. According to, about 100 boys born in 2003 in the U.S. were named “Yasiel” or “Jasiel.”

This year?

This graph from tells the story:

Yasiel baby name

In plain English, that’s about 12 babies per million with the name “Yasiel” in 2014, compared to 2 per million in 2012. The name is about to crack the top 300 boys’ names in the U.S. according to the website.


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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.