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The Most Ridiculous Pop Culture Baby Names of 2016
By: Snake Plissken
Last year, we began a so-called "Hall of Names" to celebrate the actors who are forced to live with the quirkiest and funniest names of all time. The thing is, that's just show business for you. It's not like these people are answering phones at a tech support hotline or anything ("Hello, my name is Rockets Redglare, how may I assist you today?"). Perhaps being teased and tormented as children actually led some of them to success in entertainment. A weird name doesn't guarantee that you'll rise to fame, however. If your parents saddle you with a quirky name, you're much more likely to wind up working the third shift at a Circle K than you are to headline a summer blockbuster.
In fact, according to businessinsider.com, your name may very well determine your future! Among other things, they say that if your name is common, you're more likely to get hired; if your name is easy to pronounce, people will like you; and that if your last name is close to the beginning of the alphabet, you'll probably get into a better school. In fact, if you take into account ALL of their research, the best possible thing you could name your child is something like "John W. Booth". A kid named that couldn't possibly fail. And while many parents may heed those bits of advice to maximize their child's success, there are also many parents out there who just don't give a fuck. Let's talk about them, shall we?
In 1911, for instance, 40 out of every million babies born in the U.S. was named "Bilbo". And no, that was not in reference to the J.R.R. Tolkien character. (Tolkien himself was only 19 at the time, and several decades away from publishing The Hobbit.) The name "Forrest" was extremely common throughout the 1920s, but saw a drastic decline in the middle of the century. It wasn't until 1994 that a little Tom Hanks movie sparked interest in the name for some reason (in spite of the fact that they clearly stated in the film that he was named after the first grand wizard of the KKK), and so Forrest rose again to be the namesake for approximately 2,780 babies that year. I wonder how all of these 22-year-old Forrests are feeling now, knowing that they were named after a slow-witted country bumpkin with a racist family tree?
That's not even the worst of it. In 1972, 61 babies were named "Shaft". Why would so many people thrust a moniker like Shaft on their babies? That takes a lot of balls, if you ask me.
For the most part, you could name your kid after a pop culture icon or film character and nobody would be the wiser. A lot of the Dark Knight's biggest fans may name their little boy "Bruce", though that seems like bad luck. The name "Logan" definitely saw an increase in usage after the year 2000, though half of those parents would surely dispute naming the kid after Wolverine. And Lord Voldemort knows, you don't have to be obsessed with wizards to name your kid "Harry". However, some appellations are so distinct that you KNOW they are in direct reference to a specific pop culture character. We became curious as to what baby names were currently being used by devoted fanboys and fangirls. So, we scoured the baby name respository that is babycenter.com and discovered a few of the most surprising pop culture baby names of 2016!
Baby Center reports all of their data as number of babies per million. The CDC reports that there are 4 million babies born annually in the United States. So, according to the math, out of all 4,000,000 babies born domestically in 2016:
16 are named "Chewie"
It's not wise to upset a Wookiee.
20 are named "Mystique"
She's Blue (Da Ba Dee Da Ba Die)
24 are named "Yoda"
A good name for your baby, this is not.
40 are named "Hannibal"
Super questionable, you guys. Hannibal. Really?
60 are named "Django"
The "D" is silent.
64 are named "Batman"
These are the kids we deserve.
But not the kids we need.
68 are named "Katniss"
Yeah, just jump right on that bandwagon.
I'm surprised you didn't name your kid "Harambe" or "PPaP".
152 are named "Indiana"
You named him after the dog?
168 are named "Neo"
You are THE ONE, Neo... and so are all
those other Neos. They are also THE ONE.
172 are named "Rey"
Before you say, "How do you KNOW that's related to Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Maybe some people just think "Rey" is a pretty name blah blah I'm no fun at parties blah blah my uninformed opinion matters blah." Well, in 2015 there were 12. 12 babies named "Rey". The movie was released in December, and then in 2016 we have 172 babies with that name. So suck on that.
236 are named "Thor"
This is appropriate. Thor is a good name. No, you know what?
Thor is a GREAT name. This number is too low.
And I know, the character wasn't created by Stan Lee or
Jack Kirby or anything, dude's been around for millenia.
"So how do you know it's popularity is related to the Marvel character?"
Well I'm glad you asked because, in 1927, Thor was still just a Norse
god and the number was 11. Now, Thor is in comics, cartoons, and movies
& he's consistently had over 200 babies named after him every year.
268 are named "Kal-El"
MARTHA!
404 are named "Kylo"
The duck-faced sith himself, Darth Platypus!
Kylo is definitely the most notable new pop culture
baby name for males of 2016...
...But just to demonstrate the power of TV over ALL other forms of entertainment...
600 are named "Khaleesi"
204 are named "Daenerys"
Yes, Daenerys Stormborn; Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, widow of Khal Drogo,
Queen of Meeree, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms,
Mhysa, Breaker of Chains, and the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons can add one more title to her
litany of sobriquets: the "most popular Pop Culture Baby Name of 2016."
"Why wasn't Harley Quinn on this list? hurr durr I'm so smart."
Well, I'll have you know that we DID look it up, and very few people appear to actually name their child Harley Quinn (the site we used doesn't track middle names). There has been a steady popularity of the name "Harley" for girls, but that popularity has existed since the mid-1980s, years before the character was introduced. So, while "Harley" is certainly a popular baby name, it's difficult to pin it to the success of the DC character instead of the popularity of the motorcycle brand.

We'll do better research next time. Or we won't. Whatever. This shit is free. Did you see any ads on this site? Yeah, I didn't think so. We're not like a "click-baity/pop-up ad" kinda place. We're just some people that love movies trying to have a good time and drink some whiskey and talk about dumb shit.

AND Oh yeah; Honorable mention goes to "Severus", who is hugely on the rise in 2016. 64 babies have been named after the Harry Potter character this year, which is greater than the last 5 years COMBINED!
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