Category: Star Wars baby names
Technically, the title of this blog is false. I didn’t name my newborn son after a Star Wars character, at least not his first name. I did however, slap a Star Wars moniker on him as a middle name. In that sense, I didn’t lie to you, from a certain point of view…
Middle names are like extra appendages, parsley, or the late night treadmill you bought back in 2013: They’re just sorta there. What do they really mean, exactly? Do you know anyone who just loves their middle name? No, more often than not, you’ll find fully-formed adults unwilling to even utter their middle name, as if it’s some weird Indiana Jones-esque archaeological find only discussed in hushed whispers.
And so it goes that I pitched my ever-patient wife the idea of applying our collective Star Wars love onto our child’s birth certificate. After all, if we can’t saddle our kids with embarrassing middle names, what’s the good of being a parent?
In all seriousness, my wife and I shuttled back and forth between a family name and the aforementioned Star Wars name for months, hoping like the twin moons of Tatooine there would be a sign. Sure, in our group of friends, we’re known as ‘The Star Wars Couple’ and people compare us to Han and Leia all the time. With good reason too: We even had stormtroopers at our wedding! Still, could we bring ourselves to name our son Jabba? Greedo? Bossk?
I’ve got a little naming dilemma. A favorite family name, and one that goes well with my daughter’s name, is used in the new Star Wars movie … for one of the bad guys.
The Name Sage replies:
By Abby Sandel
The first Star Wars movie debuted way back in 1977. If you’re welcoming a baby in 2016, chances are that you’ve never known a world without Luke and Leia, Han and Chewbacca, and, of course, the menacing Darth Vader.
Now there’s a new installment in movie theaters, the seventh theatrical release in the franchise. After some disappointing prequels, The Force Awakens is a mega-hit, with fans, critics, and the movie-going public.
Does a hit movie mean that children will be named after the characters? At least one family was already inspired to choose a Star Wars-themed name after their son was born the day the movie opened in theaters.
It helps that many of the best Star Wars baby names are very wearable and nicely on trend for 2016. You could easily give your child a name from a galaxy far, far away without it being too obvious that you’re a fan.
Or maybe you’re happy to take inspiration from a favorite series. More than 750 girls have been named Khaleesi in the last few years, so why not a few more boys with names that would fit right in on Tatooine?
With Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hitting theaters this December, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the names that scream Star Wars, both the ones that have infiltrated the naming world and those that still remain on the outside looking in.
In hemlines and hairdos, in music and cuisine and baby names, too.
Once upon a time, Mildred was a Top Ten name in the US. Clarence, Connie, Randy, Dawn, Eugene, Norman, Norma, Crystal, Dustin, Myrtle, and Elmer have all ranked in the Top 50 names at one point or another.
It can take years for a name to transition from emerging trend to solidly established choice. But this week’s baby name news highlights many of the changes happening now.
Change is constant, but some of the outcomes are fresh and new, and it is too soon to say which names will catch on. Will Americans embrace truly gender neutral names? Are noun names mainstream? Should you double-check the spelling on every single name, no matter what?
Read on for nine baby names in the news, and what they might signal for the next generation of children.