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Brian Williams Reports on 'Girls' Baby Name Craze (Video)

The NBC anchor says Marnie has increased in popularity because of the character played by his daughter, Allison Williams.

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Brian Williams

Brian Williams played it straight as he reported on new rankings of popular baby names, one of which he undoubtedly found very familiar.

According to NameBerry, Marnie is a newly popular name for girls. Fan of the HBO show Girls will likely know the news anchor’s daughter, Allison Williams, plays Marnie on the show.

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“The big activity is among girls. The folks at NameBerry say Marnie is suddenly hot because there is a character named Marnie on an HBO series,” Williams said Friday on NBC’s Nightly News.

Williams didn’t note the character was his daughter, but there seemed to be a slight twinkle in his eye as he reported the news. So, was this report the stolid news anchor's version of the humble brag or Williams' demonstrating he's the consummate professional by not explicitly mentioning his daughter?

Watch the video below and decide.

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