Baby names inspired by ‘Empire’ growing in popularity

BY TRACY SWARTZ
CHICAGO TRIBUNE (TNS)

The artists from “Empire” are climbing the charts again.

Baby names inspired by characters on the Fox drama about a New York hip-hop mogul and his family are growing in popularity, according to babycenter.com, an online parenting resource.

The name Dre rose to 1,676 on the list of most popular male baby names in 2015 from its place of 7,379 last year, according to site’s analysis of more than 340,000 names of babies born this year to moms registered on the site. Trai Byers plays business head Andre “Dre” Lyon on “Empire.”

Lyon, the family’s last name, climbed to 2,707th place compared to last year’s 6,960th place while Hakeem (the name of the youngest Lyon brother, played by Bryshere Y. Gray) is up to 2,276th place versus 5,087th place last year.

The name Lucious also entered the BabyCenter’s database for the first time in three years. Chicago-born Terrence Howard plays patriarch Lucious Lyon.

“Empire,” which debuted its first season in January, is filmed in Chicago and set in New York.

Fox is slated to begin airing the second part of “Empire’s” second season March 30.

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