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The State Of Ohio Has Seen A 300% Increase In Babies Named 'Braxton' Since Urban Meyer Was Hired

It's not uncommon for parents to name their children after a star athlete.

In 2012, the most common age for men named Shaquille was 18. Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal entered the league in 1992, and made his first All-NBA team in 1994, 18 years before 2012. That's not a coincidence. 

According to 97.1 The Fan's Lori Schmidt, Urban Meyer and Braxton Miller have had an influence on baby names in the state of Ohio. 

">June 17, 2014

From Schmidt:

You see, from around the date of Urban Meyer’s hiring (November 2011), to about the time that signal caller Braxton Miller and his teammates were wrapping up a 24-game win streak (December 2013), there were 579 babies named Braxton born in Ohio.

Compare that to the similar 2-year time period prior to that, when there were only 183 babies born with that name.

Coach Meyer shares his name with a pope, so it’s difficult to tell whether the 5 baby Urbans born after he joined the Buckeyes are devout Catholics or devoted fans of the Scarlet and Gray.

That's roughly a 300 percent increase in the usage of the name, "Braxton," during that time period. During that two-year span, Ohio State went 24-2. 

Ohio State opens its 2014 season Aug. 30 against Navy. 

[Lori Schmidt]