Star Wars villain becomes fastest-growing baby name

Kinderling News & Features

Naming your baby can be hard, so it’s no surprise parents are now turning to the Dark Side for inspiration.

In news bound to please every nerd, a report in the USA has revealed the fastest-growing baby name in 2016 is Kylo, named after Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain Kylo Ren.

According to the Social Security Administration study, the name Kylo has hyper-jumped from the 3269th most popular name in 2015 to 901th last year. It’s an unusual name for sure (given Kylo’s actual a hybrid of other characters’ names, sKYwalker and SoLO), but least it’s not as bad as other evil Star Wars alternatives like Vader, Palpatine or Jar Jar.

For girls, the fastest-growing name last year was Kehlani, made popular by American pop singer Kehlani Parrish.

As for the MOST popular names Stateside, well, their top ten are actually a lot like ours, which we reported last month. For the fourth year running, Noah has claimed top honours for lads, followed by other classic names like Liam, William, Mason, James, Benjamin, Jacob, Michael, Elijah and Ethan.

On the ladies side, Emma won for the third year, followed by Olivia, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Mia, Charlotte, Abigail, Emily and Harper.

Still, none of those names are half as creative as this recent list of popular bogan names. Jarren, anyone?