OAKLAND, Calif., June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Baby North West arrived early with the drama fitting a Kardashian, marking the height of today's celebrity baby obsession. Ask.com, a leading online brand for questions and answers and an operating business of IAC, today released data culled from its 100 million monthly users to reveal insights on top trending baby names, maternity styles and the upcoming due dates of A-list celebrities. The findings are derived from user polls featured on Ask.com, as well as an analysis of the millions of questions asked on Ask.com.
"With the birth of the latest Kardashian and William and Kate's heir to the throne expected any day, we've seen conversation around famous babies reach a fever pitch on Ask.com," said Valerie Combs, Ask.com celebrity and trend expert. "Our data shows Americans have strong opinions and limitless imagination on this subject – everything from baby names and fashion to cravings and conspiracy theories are fair game."
Faking the Delivery Date…Due They?
The early arrival of Kim and Kanye's bundle of joy set Ask ablaze with potential reasons for the baby's "early" arrival. One quarter of adults (25 percent) believed Kim faked her July due date while nearly one in five (18 percent) claim she induced labor to avoid additional weight gain.
Speculation over North's real due date has led to the belief that William and Kate may have also fudged the numbers. Fifty-eight percent of Ask users think the due date for the royal heir was padded, and that the baby will arrive well in advance of the reported mid-July due date.
What's in a Name?
Like most Kardashians, North West has already seen her fair share of controversy. Her name, which was widely speculated to have begun with the letter K like her parents and extended family, has been a hot topic of conversation, with three-quarters (75 percent) of Americans claiming they thought the directional moniker was a hoax upon hearing it.
Kim isn't the only Kardashian whose daughter's name has piqued America's curiosity. According to Ask data, Penelope may soon be moving up the charts as a popular girls' name. With nearly a third of the vote (32 percent), Kim's sister Kourtney Kardashian's pick for a girl's name beat out other celebrity baby monikers as the favorite, including Harper (27 percent), Haven (24 percent), and Everly (17 percent).
For boys, classic names won out. Noah, chosen by Megan Fox for her son born earlier this year, was the top boy's name. One in two people (51 percent) chose Noah as their favorite over the less traditional Camden (19 percent), Kingston (18 percent), and Tennessee (12 percent).
A Name Fit for a King…or Queen
Royal couple William and Kate are widely expected to choose a more traditional name for their little heir as well. If it's a boy, one-third of Ask users (34 percent) think the baby will be named William after his father, followed by Edward (27 percent), Charles (23 percent) or George (16 percent).
Elizabeth is considered to be the most likely name if the couple welcome a little girl according to 29 percent of poll respondents, beating out contenders like Charlotte, Victoria and even Diana. Two in five respondents (40 percent) believe the parents should have multiple names at the ready in preparation for twins.
Swaddling the Bump in Style
For months the world has watched how Kate and Kim outfitted their growing bumps, with mixed reviews. While the future Queen's elegant style has been lauded, with searches spiking on where to find similar looks for less, Americans have been less than impressed with Kim's designer maternity duds. The Givenchy dress she wore to the Met Gala took home the majority vote (68 percent) as the most unflattering outfit of her pregnancy.
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