In this age of “Pilot Inspektor”s and “Bear Blu”s, Van Der Beek’s baby names are just a bit disappointing. However, he’s already done his bit to encourage unusual baby names. In 1998, the name “Dawson” had a huge surge in popularity for boys, going from a ranking of 734 to 175 on the list of most popular baby names in the U.S. Also, while there had previously been no female “Dawson”s, in the year the show launched there were 20. While series creator Kevin Williamson says “Pacey” was the name of one of his best friends as a child, no babies had been given the name for decades. Yet, in 1998 seven female and 11 male “Pacey”s were welcomed into the world.