Sudden spike in popularity among Pokemon related names noted due to Pokemon Go

  • Pokemon related baby names have become more popular due to the Pokemon Go game
  • The name Eevee, after the “evolution Pokemon”, rose 1,394 spots in baby name popularity
  • A similar trend was noted when certain TV shows and movies became popular as well

A sudden spike in the popularity of Pokemon related names has been recorded following the phenomenal popularity of the virtual reality game Pokemon Go.

Pregnancy and parenting website BabyCenter, which also tracks trends in baby names, has noted that the number of babies named after Pokemon has actually risen.

For instance, Eevee, known as the cute furry evolution Pokemon, has risen 1,394 spots compared to the previous year while Onyx, a rock Pokemon named after the gemstone, rose by 2,191 spots. Another Pokemon name, Roselia, also rose 5,896 spots.

Other names, such as Ivy, similar to the Pokemon Ivysaur, has risen 1,287 spots while Star, similar to the starfish Pokemons Staryu and Starmie, has risen 2,040 spots.

Even Ash, the main protagonist in the Pokemon animated series, has become a popular name among baby boys; rising 248 spots compared to last year.

A survey conducted by BabyCenter among its members revealed that around 50 percent of mothers are actually playing Pokemon Go.

“Parents are always looking to pop culture for baby name inspiration and, right now, it doesn’t get hotter than Pokémon Go. It’s possible that parents’ enthusiasm for the game will reignite their love for the brand and spark a full-fledged naming trend,” BabyCenter Global Editor in Chief Linda Murray explains.

A similar trend has also been noted after the sudden boom in popularity by television shows and movies such as FrozenHouse of Cards, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.

“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,” Murray told BuzzFeed.