Kylo, Rey and Star Wars-themed baby names on the rise

You can't deny the huge impact Star Wars has had on pop culture, both now and thirty-odd years ago.

There's a decent shot that more than a few boy-girl twins have been named Luke and Leia by a Star Wars fan back in the day. Now, there's a whole new generation of fans coming up thanks to The Force Awakens who are naming their offspring after the on-screen characters.

It's been reported by that more than a few names from The Force Awakens have shot up in popularity this year alone. Kylo - Adam Driver's helmeted character - has gone from 3,774 to 1,165 in its internal popularity rankings. Leia, meanwhile, has gone from 361 to 212 whilst Han has gone from 4,452 to 3,392. Daisy Ridley's character, Rey, has gone from 14,172 in 2015 to 2,784 in the space of a single year.

It's not just characters from The Force Awakens, either. Lando - after Billy Dee Williams' classic character, Lando Calrissian, in The Empire Strikes Back - has jumped massively in popularity. Ranked as the 11,231st popular name in 2015, the old scoundrel's gone to the 2,126th most popular name on site.


We were talking baby names in the office and 100% of us were not named after a character. Three of us were named after our dads (and one of us is a girl). So, would you?


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