Are "Pokemon Go" Baby Names Coming Next?

Jul 25th 2016

 
Tens of millions of Americans are out tracking wild Pokemon every day. It's time to ask: could today's virtual beasties become tomorrow's trendy baby names?

It's not such a far-fetched notion. We've entered a golden age of geek names. The top-1000 baby names list is already studded with fantastical creations like Anakin from Star Wars, Khaleesi from Game of Thrones, Castiel from Supernatural, and Kal-El from Superman. Can little Pikachus, Jigglypuffs and Wigglytuffs be far behind?

OK, so maybe it is a far-fetched notion. But believe it or not, one Pokemon name is already climbing in the baby name stats...which you'll learn as we count down to #1 in our list of the top potential Pokemon baby names:


#13: Ekans. The name Nevaeh (heaven backwards) brought wordplay to the baby name mainstream. Ekans adds a little extra "bite" to the backwards name style.


#12: Vaporeon.
This is a Pokemon power name, a rare, elegant and powerful creature with a name to match. Yet to be determined: whether your baby would inherit the ability to control water. And why a water master has a name that sounds like air.


#11: Charmander.
Everyone's always happy to find a Charmander. That adds a special glow to a name that already sounds like Chandler with extra charm — and -er is one of the hottest name endings around.


#10: Rhydon.
Hundreds of American babies last year received names like Rhyder and Rhylee. Watch for parents to choose this name and never let on to their families that it's a Pokemon dinosaur.


#9: Spearow.
Names ending in an -o sound like Willow and Shiloh are hot, and Spearow could fit right in. It's a handy cross between a nature name and a weapon name.


#8: Chansey.
It's Chance + Kelsey! That's a lot of neo-preppy appeal wrapped up in one rosy, rotund, egg-laying Pokemon.


#7: Scyther.
Has the hit name Gunner gotten too popular for your liking? This Pokemon, named for the blazingly fast scythes on its arms, could be an equally deadly alternative.


#6: Victreebel.
What's one step bolder than a Liberty Bell? A Victory Bell! Think of Victreebel as a cross between Victoria and Isabel—and Audrey II, the voracious man-eating plant from Little Shop of Horrors.


#5: Abra.
Short and sweet, Abra is the rare Pokemon with some history as a baby name. There's even a Saint Abra. That could make it the easiest choice to get past the grandparents, even as you quietly slip in the name of its evolution, Kadabra, as a middle name.


#4: Kingler.
This crab has set its colossal claw at the intersection of two big trends, royalty names and -er names.


#3: Nidoran.
So you say you like unisex names? Nidoran is the only Pokemon with both male and female versions. While they evolve into single-sex Nidoking and Nidoqueen, at their basic level they both go by the androgynous name Nidoran.


#2: Onix.
Onyx is already a fast-rising name for boys. Tweak the vowel and you have a magnetic rock snake. It's that easy.


#1: Eevee.
Last year two dozen American girls were named Eevee, like the popular genetically flexible Pokemon. Eevee sounds like like the familiar nickname Evie, but make no mistake, this is no mere respelling. The number of Eevees (compared to Eedees, Eevas, etc.) makes it clear that the Pokemon Generation is coming of age.

[Images via Pokemon/Nintendo]

 

Read More: The 21 Most Utterly Geektastic Baby Names of the Year

 

Comments

1
July 25, 2016 3:50 PM

I can see quite a few of these having some potential for use on babies, though I don't know that I'd assume a Pokeman connection for any of them.  Most of the more likely options just seem like creative spellings or twists on already trending names.  They are NMS, but I can see Rhydon, Kingler, Eevee, Onix, Abra & Chansey taking off.  They all seem to fit well with current trends.

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July 26, 2016 11:27 AM

Fun fact: Pokemon Go characters are localised. Ekans is Rettan (Natter "nadder" backwards) in Germany, and Victreebel is  Sarzenia in German.

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By tess
July 26, 2016 4:47 PM

Oh, please do not name your children based on this fad....choose some name that he/ she could present with pride for a lifetime.JMHO.

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By mk
July 27, 2016 2:52 PM

Aside from the saint, the name Abra has appeared in several works of literature. Most of these just look like names to me, so I can see them begin used quite easily.

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August 2, 2016 2:54 PM

I agree, Tess. Apart from Abra which is an established name, the rest are rather mad.

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September 6, 2016 4:41 PM

I did a double take when I saw the name Scyther.  A boy just moved on our street named Scythe.  A very unusual name.  I'm positive that he will be the only Scythe in his class.  Or will he?  Perhaps parents will take on Scyther!  Very interesting!

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September 15, 2016 10:05 AM

The Johto Pokemon are planned to ba added at some point, too. Out of those, I can see Quilava, Ledian, Umbreon, Corsola, Stantler, Tyrogue, Magby and Celebi. Not sure on some of those, though.

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