anakin anakin Anakin Skywalker, seen here as a child in 'Star Wars: Episode I,' eventually grows up to become the evil Darth Vader. (Photo: Lucasfilm / The Phantom Menace)

The force is strong with the baby name 'Anakin'

New list of the 1,000 most popular baby names in the U.S. include nods to 'Star Wars' and 'Game of Thrones.'

Baby names that only a few years ago would have seemed limited to a galaxy far, far away are now among the most popular in the U.S.

The Social Security Administration released its annual 1,000 most popular baby names list this week – with the surprising boy name Anakin coming in at 957. For those who need a brush-up on the original "Star Wars" trilogy, or were mercifully spared from watching the prequels, Anakin is the name of the young Jedi who eventually becomes the villainous Darth Vader. According to the list, some 218 baby boys were given that name in 2014, a big jump from previous years that's likely a result of building excitement over the upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which comes out this December.

Other "Star Wars"-inspired names making the list include Luke and Leia, while Jar-Jar Binks, Yoda and Chewie were thankfully nowhere to be found. That may all soon change, however, as we transition to a world filled with Star Wars theme parks, themed fashion and makeup, and a steady stream of new sequels and prequels. Anticipation is already building over 2017's "Episode VIII," helmed by Israeli producer Ram Bergman and American producer Kathleen Kennedy.

"Star Wars" geekiness aside, other names from pop culture cracking the Top 1000 include Khaleesi and Arya from "Game of Thrones" and Bella from the "Twilight" series. It also likely won't be long before we see these nods to cinema appearing not only on name tags, but also in song. Don't believe us? We'll just let Weird Al Yankovic take it from here ...


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