There is a disturbance in the Force: 'Star Wars' baby names are on the rise.

There is a disturbance in the Force: 'Star Wars' baby names are on the rise.
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A lot of Star Wars fanatics had babies recently, according to BabyCenter's research on 2016's rising trends in baby names. Since 2015, several names associated with the galactic series have climbed their way up the rankings, ensuring that thousands and thousands of kids will never be able to live down the references as they grow up.

Rey, the name of Daisy Ridley's character in The Force Awakens, skyrocketed up the list, surpassing over 11,000 spots more than it had been ranked in 2015, pocketing an increase of 82%. Linda Murray, BabyCenter's Editor-in-Chief, attributes the name's favorability to the character's strength.

[She's] a fierce warrior, a Jedi master. If you're looking for a strong girl's name that embodies power but still sounds beautiful, you can't do much better than Rey.

Rey's popularity has yet to match Leia, which is ranked 2000 spots above Rey and increased by 64% over the last decade to place #203 overall in the 2016 standings.

As for boy names, Kylo, the name of an ill-tempered villain played by Adam Driver, shot up by 67% since 2015. Don't be surprised if the murder rate increases by the same amount once these children are old enough to wield a lightsaber. Murray was taken aback by this finding.

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I was surprised by the rise in interest in Kylo because the character Kylo Ren is such a negative force, but some parents may be attracted to the power and the darkness in this name. If you're edgy and a bit of an outlaw, you might gravitate toward a name like this. And Kylo does have great lineage with (parents) Han (Solo) and Leia, so maybe people cut him some slack because his parents are awesome.

Slightly more traditional names like Lucas, as in Star Wars creator and food court attendee George Lucas, and Liam, as in Liam Neeson who played Qui-Gon Jinn, ranked especially well, #5 and #1 overall respectively, though it's hard to say if Star Wars made those more popular.

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Amazingly enough, BabyCenter also reports that a few brazen parents went as far as naming their infants Jedi, Anakin, and Rogue (which turns out to be a girl's name). Unfortunately, there have been no reports of babies named C-3PO yet.

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