Once again, Happy Father's Day! As I promised on Mother's Day and repeated earlier today, "I'm saving Star Wars names for Father's Day. Stay tuned."
I begin by quoting what I wrote in Baby names from entertainment for Mother's Day 2018.
Unfortunately for Kylo, which was the name that increased the most in popularity in 2016, it was the name that dropped the second most in popularity in 2017, 245 places from 904th to 1149th. The character's real name, Ben, fell 26 places to 729th place. To add insult to injury, the actor's name, Adam, also fell two places to 77th. On the other hand, Rey as a male name increased in popularity 99 places from to 769th. As a female name, it didn't crack the top 1000. The actress's name, Daisy, also became more popular, rising 20 places to 170th. Leia also continues to rise in popularity, rising 43 places to reach 279th. Oh, and Finn climbed eight places to 167th. I take all these as signs that the Light Side is prevailing over the Dark.The ultimate fate of Kylo Ren the character will not be determined until "Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of Skywalker" is released in December, but Business Insider reported that the name is making a comeback.
The name Kylo also rose rapidly in popularity for boys, which appears to be inspired by the "Star Wars" villain Kylo Ren, played by actor Adam Driver in the reboot of the series.Here's the graph showing Kylo returning to the top ten.
It had the eighth highest increase in popularity, rising 287 places from 1152 to 865, even higher than it ranked two years ago. Kylo is catching up to Anakin, which fell 89 places from 739 to 828. The character's real name, Ben, also improved its popularity, moving up 38 places from 730 to 692, also higher than it was two years ago. Speaking of real names, the actor's name, Adam, fell just one place from 77 to 78th.
On the light side, Rey as a boy's name continued its climb, rising 21 places from 772 to 751. As a female name, it once again failed to crack the top 100. Luke rose just one spot from 30 to 29. So did Finn, from 166 to 167. On the other hand, Leia fell 14 places from 282 to 296. The Light Side is catching up to the Dark Side, at least in popularity among baby names last year.
By the way, it's not just human babies being named after Star Wars characters. ABC 6 in Philadelphia reported in January Missouri zoo names baby otters after Star Wars characters.
The Kansas City Zoo's names for three baby otters have fans joining the light side, including one well-known "Star Wars" alumnus. The Kansas City Star reports that the Asian small-clawed otter triplets born last October have been dubbed Han, Luke and Leia. The otters were introduced to zoo-goers for the first time on Friday.May The Force be with all newborns given Star Wars names this past year, including the otters.