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Popularity of the Baby Name Eywa

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Pop Culture Baby Name Game 2010!

Britney Spears - Pop Culture Baby Name Game MascotKnow what today is? It’s Britney Spears’ birthday! (Come on, you didn’t already know that?)

So today is the perfect day to start playing the Pop Culture Baby Name Game.

What’s that? It’s a game in which we try to predict which pop culture-inspired baby names will appear on the SSA’s official baby name list for the first time in 2010. Danity and Daughtry made it for the first time in 2007, Obama and Palin in 2008, the infamous Renesmee in 2009…which pop culture baby names will make their debut in 2010?

Think back to notable occurrences of 2010 and late 2009. Think about movies, music, books, video games, sports, politics, products, and whatever else made headlines and/or caught your attention. What brand-new baby names might these things have inspired?

Here are some possibilities I’ve already blogged about:

Another that has since come to mind is Etsy, which looks and sounds like Betsy with the B chopped off.

What other potential names can you think of? (Remember–oddball names like Chachi and Darth have made the SSA’s list in years past, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box on this!)

Babies Named After Katniss from Hunger Games?

hunger games, book, movie, katniss, baby nameThe Hunger Games is a young adult science-fiction trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The last of the three books, Mockingjay, was released a few weeks ago.

At the moment, Mockingjay is #5 on the Bestseller List. Catching Fire, the second book, is #13. Hunger Games, the first, is #16.

Movies based on the books are in the works.

What interests me about the series is that most of the Hunger Games characters have odd names. The young female protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, was named after an edible plant called katniss. She has a younger sister named Primrose, a male friend named Peeta, and lives in a world where people are named anything from Glimmer to Plutarch.

We all know that popular books and movies have the potential to affect baby name trends–even create brand new baby names. Babies have been named Renesmee thanks to Twilight, Eywa and Neytiri thanks to Avatar, Galadriel thanks to The Lord of the Rings…the list goes on.

Could you see Katniss crossing over into the real world as a baby name? How about any of the other Hunger Games names?

(I first learned about these books in a video by Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn, which is a great blog/site for writers. Her podcasts are especially interesting.)

UPDATE, March 26, 2012: As you know, the trilogy is now a movie. And, last weekend, Hunger Games (the film) had the 3rd-best opening weekend of all time (after The Dark Knight and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2). So…Katniss is pretty much a sure thing at this point. If it doesn’t debut in 2011 for the books, it’s bound to debut in 2012 for the movie.

Possible Avatar Baby Names – Eywa, Neytiri, Toruk

image of neytiri from avatar
Neytiri from Avatar

Avatar is doing very well at the box office right now. And when a sci-fi/fantasy film (or book, or TV show) hits big like this, I can’t help but wonder: What baby names could it inspire?

I think most Na’vi names (like Mo’at, Tsu’Tey and Eytukan) are going to be too exotic for most parents, but what about Neytiri, the name of the pretty Na’vi warrior-princess? Or Eywa (AY-wah), the name of the Na’vi deity? For boys there’s Toruk, the massive flying creature that only a handful of Na’vi have ever tamed. (Who knows, some fearless parent might even go for the one-two punch of Toruk Makto.) I wouldn’t be shocked to see any of these pop up in my local birth announcements.

Have you watched the film? If so, which Avatar name (or word) do you think stands the best chance of catching on as a baby name?

Update (Jan. 18): The Sun just published Boom in Avatar Names for Kiddies. The article doesn’t include any statistical evidence of a “boom,” though.

Update (May 5): Fifteen U.S. baby girls were named Neytiri in 2010.