Thursday 8 December 2016

Meet Squirtle! Increase in the number of parents naming their children after Pokémon following game’s revival

Published 28/07/2016 | 11:03

Parents in the US have been inspired by the revival of Pokemon
Parents in the US have been inspired by the revival of Pokemon

The world has lapped up a good dose of nostalgia since the release of Pokémon Go earlier this month, but many fans in the US have been inspired to name their children after the virtual creatures in the wake of the game’s revival.

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According to parenting website BabyCentre, which tracks baby name trends across the US, the names of popular Pokémon have been mirrored in their findings.

Eevee, which is also the name of a rare rabbit-like Pokémon that can evolve into eight different creatures, jumped 1,377 places on the list of most popular baby names in the US this year.

Meanwhile, Onyx has jumped 2,184 places on the list of most popular male names, sharing a moniker with the snake-shaped Pokemon.

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Roselia has yet to appear in the popular Pokémon Go game, but the name is still reflected in this year’s figures jumping an astonishing 5,859 spots on the list compared to last year.

Pokemon names Onyx, Roselia and Eevee have increased in popularity in the US
Pokemon names Onyx, Roselia and Eevee have increased in popularity in the US

Linda Murray, Babycenter’s editor in chief, told BuzzFeed: “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 Pokémon Go is already having an impact on baby naming trends among pregnant women.”

Despite the craze, parents in the US have yet to be inspired by the franchise’s poster boy Pikachu, as the name does not feature on the list.

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