The baby-naming force was awakened in Star Wars fans last year—a total of 238 boys (and even seven girls!) were named after the newest episode’s villain, Kylo Ren, causing the name to jump 2,368 positions and make the top 1,000 boys names list at 901.
Creed and Aldonis
Another major pop culture influence for last year’s baby names? Ryan Coogler’s 2015 Rocky spin-off Creed. Not only did the name jump 370 positions with 206 boys being named Creed in 2016, but “Adonis” (the first name of the movie’s protagonist) also experienced the fourth highest rise in popularity with 800 boys given the name.
Best known as the first name of Sicario actor Benicio Del Toro, this Spanish name meaning “blessed” jumped 356 spots, with 208 boys named Benicio in 2016.
What does the Fox say? Probably Mama and Dada right now. 323 boys and 12 girls received this name in 2016. We’re thinking the name was inspired by David Duchovny’s character on X-Files, a show that made a comeback with a new season last year.
This phonetic spelling of the Hawaiian name Kai, meaning “Sea,” had a new wave of popularity last year—rising 281 spots to 703 most popular.
This Arabic name meaning “judicious” was given to 235 boys last year, finally breaking the top 100.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld might have started a trend over a decade ago when he chose this name for his son. Last year, the name rose 242 places to land at 863.
Last August, Willy Wonka actor Gene Wilder passed away after a battle with Alzheimer’s. 337 parents likely decided to honor the unforgettable character actor by bestowing this name upon their sons.
It’s easy to see why 741 boys were named Zayn last year: the former One Direction singer Zayn Malik released his first solo album in 2016, likely causing this name to jump 222 places on the top 1,000 list.