And the joke in the film was she picked her name randomly from a sign on Madison Avenue and it was absurd she wanted to go by a non-name. And now it's accepted as commonplace.
Similarly, *Peter Pan* by J. M. Barrie was basically the first use of “Wendy.”
Thirty years from now, there will be TILs about female names from Game of Thrones characters.
My own pet theory is that the sudden and meteoric rise of brand new names (Madison, Wendy etc) is due to the phenomenon of mothers not realizing how many other women they can't stand until it comes to naming their first daughter.
"Melanie?" "Nope. Was bullied by someone called Melanie in fifth grade."
"Deborah?" "God no. My first boss was called Deborah. What a cunt."
"Elaine?" "Absolutely not. Cranky old lady down the street was called Elaine. Never let us have our ball back."
[some hours later]
" ... Madison?"
Maybe naming girls, "Madison". But Madison has been an English name for geographic places long before that.
Cue the greatest Madison of them all, Madison Bumgarner.
In a few years you can thank the TV show The 100 for all the little girls named Clarke running around kindergarten.
Don't people give meaningful names to their kids? Like after revered ancestors, or inspiring historical figures? Why name your child after a character from Splash?
And was a source of great irritation for my (male) cousin who was named Madison. He has since changed it.
As someone that lives in southwestern Montana, we have a ton of Madisons (Madison river), and Haydens (Hayden valley YNP). It's been regionally popular here for a hundred years.
Whats the first most popular name?
We were so cool we named her that two years before... Whats up now Reddit? lol
I like to think *Beauty and the Beast* had the same effect.
"Belle! That's got a nice ring to it"