Today's new parents are nerdier than ever. That's at least the takeaway from BabyCenter's new report, which finds that Star Wars-inspired baby names are on the rise. In other words, parents across the country saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year and got some serious name inspiration.
The boys' name Kylo spiked by 67% since Kylo Ren became the newest bad guy in the Star Wars universe. Rey has become even more popular, going up by 82 percent on the girls' list since the Force awakened within her.
"(Rey is) a fierce warrior, a Jedi master. If you're looking for a strong girl's name that embodies power but still sounds beautiful, you can't do much better than Rey," Linda Murray, Babycenter global editor-in-chief, told Today. "I was surprised by the rise in interest in Kylo because the character Kylo Ren is such a negative force, but some parents may be attracted to the power and the darkness in this name."
And it's not just the new characters who are getting children named in their honor. Leia has been a popular name for years, and it's still on the rise; currently, it's 2,000 spots ahead of Rey, and it's up 64 percent over the last decade. Lucas, the last name of George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, has been perennially popular, and has been climbing over the last 20 years. It's now the fifth most popular boys' name on BabyCenter.
If you're looking to buck the trend, names like Luke, Finn, and Poe don't seem to be as popular among parents, and haven't seen a spike since the movie's release.