Why Am I Not Surprised: Naming Babies After Pokemon On The Rise

July 27, 2016

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In news that shouldn't surprise any couple who's ever successfully caught the Pokemon of their dreams and gone home (or at least gone somewhere private like the top floor of Target's parking garage -- right, honey? *wink*) to get half-naked and sweaty and make a pocket monster of their own, couples naming their babies after Pokemon is on a steep rise. Like, the hill at the beginning of a roller coaster steep. Am I going to hold my hands up the whole time? You bet your sweet ass I am. According to Babycenter, a website that tracks trends in baby names, Eevee has climbed 1,377 spots from last year, Onyx 2,184 spots, and Roselia a staggering 5,859.

Additionally, the names Star (+2,040 spots for girls) and Ivy (+1,287 spots) are suddenly popular - perhaps inspired by the Pokémon Go creatures Starmie and Ivysaur.


Linda Murray, Babycenter's editor in chief, told BuzzFeed that she isn't surprised people are finding inspiration in Pokemon.

"We see babies named after TV show characters, celebrities, and even Instagram filters. Millennials are particularly attracted to technology and '90s nostalgia, which is one of the reasons we think Pokemon Go is already having an impact on baby naming trends among pregnant women."

The Starmie and Ivysaur thing being a little questionable aside, what do you mean people are naming their kids after Instagram filters? Are the children taken away from them afterwards? Call me old fashioned, but whatever happened to naming your kid after the location they were conceived? A good friend of mine (full disclosure: technically a bartender in Alabama whose name I can't recall) told me she named her first-born Nash, because he was conceived during a vacation to Nashville, Tennessee. See -- beautiful right? My firstborn? Uncle's Truck.

Thanks to Dieselnuts, who agrees if you're going to name your kid after a Pokemon, at least make it a good one like Magikarp or Zubat. Something they won't get made fun of for at school.

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