If I had based my children’s names on my pop culture fascinations at the time they were born, I’d have spent the last 20-some years saying, “And these are my kids, Lemmy and Xena.” And chances are they’d have stopped speaking to me around middle school.
But people just keep on scarring their children with names that they THINK are cool, but will probably mean little or nothing to people who will have to live with them for the rest of their lives. Case in point:
The Social Security Administration released its annual list of the top baby names . . . and the fastest-growing name for a boy is KYLO . . . as in Kylo Ren, the villain in the new “Star Wars” trilogy. It jumped almost 2,400 spots . . . from #3269 to #901.
The second-biggest jumper was CREED . . . which was obviously helped by the recent movie of the same name, where Rocky Balboa trains the son of Apollo Creed.
For girls, KEHLANI was the biggest mover, from #3,359 to #872. That’s almost 2,500 spaces. And it might have something to do with singer KEHLANI PARRISH.
On the flip side, the name that DROPPED the most was CAITLYN. Actually, the FOUR names that dropped the most were four different variations of Caitlyn: C-a-i-t-l-y-n, C-a-i-t-l-i-n, K-a-t-e-l-y-n-n, and K-a-i-t-l-y-n-n.
All four fell out of the Top 1,000 last year. But it’s not necessarily because we’re a bunch of bigots and homophobes. It’s just because it’s CONTROVERSIAL.
It’s sad, but a “Caitlyn” would probably be subjected to more playground abuse than even a “Kylo” . . . and parents just don’t want to saddle their kids with that.
Here are the most popular names:
For boys, NOAH took the top spot, followed by Liam, William, Mason, James, Benjamin, Jacob, Michael, Elijah, and Ethan.
For girls, it’s EMMA, followed by Olivia, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Mia, Charlotte, Abigail, Emily, and Harper.
Disney announced a “Frozen” sequel and a “Star Wars” stand-alone film during a shareholder meeting yesterday.
There’s no word on a plot for “Frozen 2”, but Disney boss Bob Iger said, quote, “You will be hearing a lot more about it and we’re taking you back to Arendelle. We are so excited about that.”
And KRISTEN BELL Tweeted a picture of herself resting on a bag of ice, with the caption, “Dreams really do come 2!!!”
The “Star Wars” movie will be called “Rogue One”, and it’ll star FELICITY JONES from the Oscar-nominated Stephen Hawking movie “The Theory of Everything”. It’ll be directed by Gareth Edwards, who did last year’s “Godzilla” remake.
There’s no word on the plot, but Iger said it will focus on, quote, “great ‘Star Wars’ characters that are not part of the overall saga.” It’s due out in December of 2016.
Iger also said “Star Wars 8” will come out in May of 2017. “Star Wars 7” hits theaters this coming December.
Here are some random facts for you . . .
1. The White House actually responded to a petition to build the Death Star from “Star Wars” in 2012. They wrote that it would cost $850 quadrillion and, quote, “the Administration does not support blowing up planets.”
2. Eight out of 10 Americans ban smoking in their homes . . . that’s almost double from 20 years ago.
3. Chipotle uses 97,000 pounds of avocados per day.
4. More than 24,000 kids in the U.S. go to the emergency room every year for shopping cart injuries. 70% are kids who get hurt falling out of shopping carts at grocery stores.
5. President Grover Cleveland was 27 years older than his wife, which isn’t necessarily creepy on the surface. But he was good friends with her father . . . he met her shortly after she was born . . . and he even babysat for her when she was a child.
(Wikipedia / CDC / Chipotle / Morning Call / Wikipedia)