Star Wars fans have always been known for their rabid enthusiasm, so it should come as no surprise that many new parents have looked to a galaxy far, far away for baby name inspiration. What is surprising, though, is that many of those parents have turned to the dark side.
In 2015, the world met Adam Driver‘s menacing Kylo Ren, the bad seed son of Han Solo and Princess Liea. The character was introduced in December 2015 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens first hit theatres. Just a few months later, the U.S. Social Security Administration released their annual findings on most popular children’s names from 2015 and found Kylo coming in at position 3,269.
Thanks to the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which stayed in theatres throughout much of 2016, the name had a huge spike in popularity last year, with the newly released 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration study listing it in position 901. This jump makes Kylo the fastest rising name on the chart of most popular baby names, making us think that a lot of parents-to-be were too tired to sit through the entire screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens to see Kylo Ren eventually kill his father. Remember guys, his light saber is red. That’s the bad one.
Kylo isn’t the only Star Wars name making the rounds of the baby delivery room. Rey was the 868th most popular name in 2016, but for boys, not girls.
Leia is sitting at 321 on the list of popular girls names, while Anakin, Darth Vader’s original name, comes in at position 778 for boys.
Well, there are still two Star Wars films yet to be released, so maybe Kylo Ren will be redeemed.