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Star Wars baby names not a trend

We asked an expert

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Sorry, hopeful Jedis, but the “huge, hot” trend of Star Wars baby names is actually just “Luke” warm.

In an article posted Tuesday, leading baby blog Babycenter.com claimed last year’s The Force AwakensStar Wars‘ latest galactic installment — had incited a sci-fi name craze among new parents. Prominent mainstream outlets subsequently scooped the news, touting headlines that pegged “Rey” and “Kylo” as the next vogue names to christen your children.

According to The Baby Name Wizard author Laura Wattenberg, however, Babycenter’s stats may have jumped the gun. “If you look at the actual data… frankly, it’s non-existent,” she told EW. “Popular Star Wars names like Luke and Anakin are actually declining.”

Wattenberg says this isn’t the first time sites have falsely trumpeted franchise-inspired names as trending. The Hunger Games‘ Katniss was once dubbed a newborn favorite, but in reality, the name never took off. “It turned out that those were just young fans [entering the names], not real parents,” she says.

The moral of the story? Be wary of what you read on the Internet. A shocking revelation, we know.

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