Pokémon Go Is Inspiring a New Baby Name Trend

Don’t worry: it’s not Pikachu or Charzard.

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In 2010, it was Bella and Edward. And in 2016, it’s Roselia and Onyx. According to BabyCenter, a site for new and expectant parents, Pokémon-inspired names are spiking in popularity.



“Parents are always looking to pop culture for baby name inspiration and, right now, it doesn’t get hotter than Pokémon Go,” Linda Murray, BabyCenter global editor in chief, said in a statement.

When registering on the site, parents are asked for their child’s (or future child’s) name and birth date. The site then mines this information and calculates the popularity rankings in real time. According to a recent BabyCenter poll, 50 percent of moms on the site admitted to playing the game.

The most trending Pokémon-inspired name? Roselia, a green leafy creature that carries flowers that look like peonies. Onyx, a snake-like animal made out of rocks, is the second most trending of the group.

Here, the names that have gained the most poularity from the game, and how many spots they've climbed in Babycenter’s database.

  1. Roselia, 5,000+ spots
  2. Onyx, 2,000+ spots
  3. Star, 2,000+ spots
  4. Eevee, 1,000+ spots
  5. Ivy, 1,000+ spots
  6. Ash, 200+ spots
  7. Shay, 50+ spots

Want something trendy (but not, you know, Pokemon trendy?) for your newborn? Here, the trendiest baby names of 2016.