Who said Star Wars wasn’t real life?
According to a new report from the Social Security Administration, Kylo was the fastest-rising name for U.S. baby boys in the year 2016. The popularity of the unique name is being credited to Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain Kylo Ren, played by actor Adam Driver.
Data suggests Kylo is one of the top 1,000 names for boys, meaning it jumped over 2,000 slots from the previous year. Interestingly, Kylo Ren isn’t the first Star Wars character to inspire a generation. In 2015, Anakin was one of the top 1,000 names for boys.
As the Associated Press points out, pop culture also explained the jump behind the fastest-rising girl’s name, Kehlani. The name’s growth is being attributed to singer-songwriter Kehlani Parrish, who was Grammy-nominated for her album You Should Be Here in 2016.
Regardless of the rise of names like these, Noah and Emma were still the overall most popular boy and girl names of the year. Still, the argument could be made that celebs like Emma Watson, Emma Stone, and Emma Roberts contributed.
Looks like this time around, it’s life imitating art.