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Google Searches Spike for Naming a Baby 'Simone' After Success of Biles, Manuel

by Alyssa Newcomb /
Image: Olympic Games 2016 Artistic Gymnastics
Simone Biles of the USA reacts after performing during the women's Floor Exercise Final for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Artistic Gymnastics events at the Rio Olympic Arena in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 16 August 2016.TATYANA ZENKOVICH / EPA

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Naming your baby Simone won't guarantee she'll win a gold medal at the Olympics, but plenty of expecting parents seem to be drawing inspiration from the standout Simones of the Rio games.

Searches for "Simone baby name" have spiked 230 percent in August, according to Google Trends.

Image: Olympic Games 2016 Artistic Gymnastics
Simone Biles of the USA reacts after performing during the women's Floor Exercise Final for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Artistic Gymnastics events at the Rio Olympic Arena in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 16 August 2016.TATYANA ZENKOVICH / EPA

The Simone surge comes as Simone Biles dominated the gymnastics competition, clinching four gold medals and one bronze. Swimmer Simone Manuel also emerged as one of the stars of the games, earning a pair of gold and silver medals.

Google reports that this is the first time since 2010 there has been this much interest in the name Simone.

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