You probably won’t be surprised to hear that there was a marked increase in newborns named Luke and Leia after the debut of Star Wars.
This, however, is more of a jolt:
The first Star Wars film was released in 1977, and that’s the year we start seeing baby Darths pop up:
- 1977 9 baby boys named Darth
- 1978 13 baby boys named Darth
- 1979 7 baby boys named Darth
The trend line ends there, right before The Empire Strikes Back.
My fervent hope is that nobody saw fit to name some poor, defenseless child “Jar Jar.”