'Star Wars'-Themed Baby Names Rise in Popularity

PHOTO:John Boyega as Finn and Daisy Ridley as Rey in a scene from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." PlayLucasfilm Ltd.
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The force is with tons of babies in 2016.

According to BabyCenter, parents are naming their babies after characters from the mega blockbuster Disney film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." BabyCenter is an online community centered on pregnancy and parenting.

Kylo, portrayed by Adam Driver in the film, is zooming up the list of top names for boys. The name's popularity has increased 67 percent compared to last year.

Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, is also trending, moving up more than 11,000 spots or 82 percent on the list of top names for girls.

Still, Lucas -- as in George Lucas, the creator of the "Star Wars" franchise -- is the fifth most popular name for boys. BabyCenter notes that the strong ranking for Lucas may have nothing to do with the film since the name has been steadily climbing in popularity since the company began tracking names 15 years ago.

Other characters from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" such as Finn and Poe didn't seem to connect with parents and remains unchanged in the rankings from last year.

Here are top 10 baby names that are trending in 2016 so far:


  • 1. Emma
  • 2. Olivia
  • 3. Ava
  • 4. Sophia
  • 5. Isabella
  • 6. Mia
  • 7. Charlotte
  • 8. Harper
  • 9. Abigail
  • 10. Amelia
  • Boys
  • 1. Liam
  • 2. Noah
  • 3. Mason
  • 4. Ethan
  • 5. Lucas
  • 6. Oliver
  • 7. Aiden
  • 8. Elijah
  • 9. James
  • 10. Logan
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