We might soon have to welcome a new generation of kids named Barbie and Ken, following the huge success of the recently released hit film by Greta Gerwig.
According to a baby-naming website, Nameberry, searches for the names Barbie and Ken have skyrocketed as the movie continues to break record after record.
Since April, searches by expecting parents considering Barbie, which is short for Barbara, shot up by a whopping 603%.
Barbie was already a popular name back in the 1960s, given that the doll was released in 1959. The popularity dropped, with the name Ken, a shorter version of the Scottish name Kenneth, retaining its popularity throughout the years.
Following the Barbie Movie release, the name Ken was searched by more than 293% the normal rate.
Following the portrayals by Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, it seems as though we might see a resurgence in the names, bringing the iconic meme phrases ‘Hi Barbie’ and ‘He’s just Ken’ closer to reality.
Would you name your kids Barbie or Ken?