People like Star Wars. And people like unique names.
Kylo Ren was the main villain in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Kylo is certainly a unique name.
Or, it was a unique name. But it’s about to become a fairly common name.
The Social Security Administration released data breaking down baby name popularity in the United States from 2016, and Kylo is far and away the highest-rising name for baby boys. From 2015 to 2016, the name Kylo jumped 2,368 spots for baby boy names (3,269th to 901st).
You may be thinking, “Okay, so I sort of get naming the baby after a Star Wars character, but why not an actual good guy instead of a villain?”
Well, Independent notes that parents are actually more likely to name their babies after villains than on-screen heroes these days:
This comes as no surprise to BabynameWizard.com founder Laura Wattenberg who, the Associated Press reports, states that the names of villains are these days more likely to inspire parents than on-screen heroes.
The next-fastest-rising baby boy name is Creed, which we can assume is thanks to the Rocky spin-off sequel. Unfortunately, those poor babies are also going to be named after a shitty band.
The hottest name increase is Kehlani (thanks to the singer/songwriter), which jumped 2,487 spots for baby girl names.