By Wilder Davies
August 17, 2016
Davies is the Associate Partnerships Editor at TIME

While what you choose to name your child can influence their life to some extent, whether it can help win a gold medal is not guaranteed. This may not be stopping soon-to-be parents from taking their chances.

According to Google Trends, interest in the term ‘Simone baby name’ increased 230% during the month of August. The reason most likely stems from the Olympic achievements of gymnast Simone Biles and swimmer Simone Manuel.

Both athletes have achieved awe-inspiring success in Rio. Biles has been called “the greatest gymnast of all time” with her five medals: four golds and one bronze. She has also attracted several celebrity fans, from North West to Zac Efron. Manuel tied for first in the 100m-freestyle, becoming the first African American woman to win a gold medal in an individual swimming event.

Many on Twitter predicted a surge of interest in the name Simone before the Google results were revealed:

[h/t NBC News]

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