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Luke, Leia, Anakin: Star Wars baby names are filling up this galaxy, too

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Jan 10, 2018

Raise your virtual hands if you’ve ever named your pet after a pop culture character. OK, hands down. Now raise ‘em even higher and prouder if you’ve ever named your kid after one, particularly a Star Wars character?

OK, we see you out there, not raising your hand. But that’s fine, because even without your participation, thanks to Names.org, we’ve got all the Star Wars baby-naming facts we could ever want, right here at our fingertips.

Like, did you know that since 1977, when the original Star Wars came out, there’s been a 700 percent increase in kids named Luke in the United States, up to 9,930 in 2016 (the final year of Names.org’s analysis)? And Lucas, as in George Lucas, was even more popular that year, with 12,838 kids named in his honor. Compare that to fewer than 900 kids named Lucas in pre-Star Wars 1976, and you can begin to see the kind of impact these films have had.

Interestingly, folks aren’t completely deterred by the Dark Side when it comes to baby naming, as there were 303 kids named Anakin in 2016, and 238 named Kylo Ren. For the record, there were no babies named Kylo Ren until 2014, when there were eight of them, presumably birthed by Disney or Lucasfilm insiders, seeing as The Force Awakens didn’t open until the end of 2015.

Granted, we’re not sure how much stock to put into all of these numbers, as the stats on Leias and Reys seem sadly low, seeing as we can think of few better names in the galaxy. According to the data, in 2016, only 1,005 baby girls were named Leia, and a stunningly low 63 were named Rey. Reminder: That’s the year after The Force Awakens came out, so perhaps there’s some disturbance in this data set.  

While some of the data may seem as unlikely as us getting a Porg value meal at McDonalds anytime soon, the site has certainly done its homework. In order to compile the data, Names.org utilized data from the “U.S. Census Bureau, the Social Security Administration, Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, Wikipedia, Wiktionary, and more.”

Regardless of blaster point accuracy, if you’re in the market for a baby name, Names.org gives you plenty to think about, including name origins, traditional meanings, and more. Or if you want to take a more original route, check out our story on how Star Wars writers name their characters for some tips on naming your own, then let us know in the comments what your future sci-fi fan's name will be.