Baby Names – Bad Guy Kylo In, Transgender Caitlyn Out
Kylo Ren, who — spoiler alert — kills his dad with a lightsaber. Insert Freud joke here.
(Dead Dads OK, Trans kids Not OK)
New parents think the Dark Side is cool. Transgender Caitlyn Disappears. Noah still #1 for boys and Emma #1 for girls (3 years in a row)
ABOUT THIS SIXTH SCALE FIGURE
“There has been an awakening, have you felt it?”
The newest installment of the Star Wars saga – Star Wars: The Force Awakens – is coming to theaters worldwide this December! To get ready for the film’s release, Star Wars enthusiasts can find a wide range of merchandise based on this upcoming film!
To kick off the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens collection, Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys are very excited to present the sixth scale collectible figure of the mysterious main character in the movie – Kylo Ren!
Kylo Ren, a dark warrior strong with the Force, gains his name from the Knights of Ren; he also commands First Order missions. His unique self-made crossguard lightsaber has been capturing attention since its first reveal.
The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This collectible figure features Kylo Ren’s helmet with weathering effects, a meticulously crafted outfit with layers, the character’s signature crossguard lightsaber with LED light-up function and weathering effects, and a specially designed hexagonal figure stand with the First Order’s emblem!
Don’t miss the chance to add this crucial character from the new movie to your Star Wars collection!
The name Kylo — as in the “Star Wars” villain Kylo Ren — is now one of the top 1,000 most popular names for boys in the United States, according to new data on baby names released Friday by the federal Social Security Administration.
There were a total of 238 Social Security card applicants named Kylo born in 2016, making it the 901st most popular boy’s name for the year. It’s by far the boy’s name that has grown the fastest in popularity since 2015, when the year’s highest-grossing movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” introduced movie fans to Kylo Ren, who — spoiler alert — kills his dad with a lightsaber. Insert Freud joke here.
The most popular boy’s name in 2016, by contrast, was about as old and biblical as it gets: Noah.
Of 3,929,560 applications for Social Security cards for people born in 2016, a total of 19,015 — or nearly 1% of the boys — were for Noah, which has now occupied the top spot for four straight years.
Rounding out the top five most popular boys names are Liam, William, Mason and James.
The big story for girls is in the four names that dropped the farthest in popularity in 2016: Caitlin, Caitlyn, Katelynn and Kaitlynn. All four variations dropped out of the top 1,000.
The shift corresponds with a landmark cultural event in 2015: the former Olympian and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner coming out as a transgender woman.
Jenner appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair and was the focus of widespread media coverage about transgender issues at a time when more and more lawmakers began battling over whether to restrict transgender people’s use of public bathrooms.
A Quinnipiac poll from June 2015 showed that swing-state voters had deeply mixed or uncertain feelings about their attitudes toward Jenner.
That kind of unease can put off parents who might be thinking about giving a similar name to their new child, according to Jennifer Moss, the founder of BabyNames.com, a website that provides assistance for parents trying to figure out how to name their kids.
“Baby names can be affected by pop culture, definitely. Other than family, pop culture has come out No. 2 for what influences baby naming,” said Moss, whose website has surveyed new parents about the struggles they face in naming children.
Moss recalled another example in the annals of baby-naming: the decline of “Monica” babies.
“The name Monica was on the rise in the ’90s because of the show ‘Friends’ when it first came out,” said Moss, referring to the character of Monica Geller, who was played by Courteney Cox.
The show, which premiered in 1994, would go on to become one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. In 1997, the name Monica had risen to become the 79th most popular name for baby girls