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Thanks to Biles and Manuel, get ready for a whole bunch of babies named Simone

Google searches for the name have spiked during the Olympics.


Jaya Saxena


Posted on Aug 18, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 5:53 am CDT

Gymnast Simone Biles and swimmer Simone Manuel have collectively won six gold medals at this year’s Olympics. Is it because of their incredible talent? Their dedication? Good coaching? Or is it because they’re named Simone?

According to Google Trends, there’s been a spike in searches for “Simone baby name,” possible from prospective parents hoping to give their kids some athletic juju. Searches have spiked over 230 percent in August.

However, it’s still nowhere near as high as Google says the search was in March 2004 (possibly fueled by the death of French actress Simone Renant?). And in general, Simone has been a pretty popular name since the 1980s. It also certainly wouldn’t be the worst thing if a few years from now our preschools were overrun by Simones. Better than Khaleesis

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*First Published: Aug 18, 2016, 11:08 am CDT