If you happen to love George Lucas' classic film series, Star Wars, then you might be interested to hear what name just joined the ranks of the Social Security Administration's annual list of top 1,000 baby names in the country. As the new movie is set to be released in theaters later this year, the name Anakin just made its debut at 957 on the list of baby boy names, according to Yahoo News. Last year alone, there are now 218 new baby boys bearing this iconic character's name.
Despite the name being near the bottom of the list, this phenomenon is interesting considering the name did not exist until George Lucas invented it for the movies. Anakin Skywalker, for those who are not aware, was the father of Luke Skywalker and eventually became the villainous Darth Vader. It may seem strange to name child after a famous villain, yet many believe it is more about how ingrained the movie series has become into American culture.
Now this isn't the first, nor the last, time pop culture influenced the world of baby naming. When J.M. Barrie published his classic novel, Peter Pan, the name Wendy was an invented name solely for the beloved childhood character, yet now ranks at number 782 on the list of baby girl names. Also on that list of girls' names is the female lead role in Star Wars, Leia, which was not common until the films were released.
"The name Leia has seen a dramatic spike in popularity over the past decade; it's currently #509, given to more than 600 baby girls last year," Yahoo News writes."For generations who grew up with the original Star Wars movies, Leia is a name like any other. And for future generations, Anakin is likely to be the same."