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There’s been a 300% increase in parents interested in naming their child Barbie following the movie

Keryn Donnelly

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There’s been a 300% increase in parents interested in naming their child Barbie following the movie

Classroom roll calls in five years time could sound a little bit like this: 'Barbie? Barbie? Ken? Barbie? Barbie?'

It turns out the Barbie movie has led parents to look towards the iconic plastic toys for baby name inspiration.

According to TMZ, BabyNames.com has seen a 300 per cent uptick in searches for Barbie in the month of July.

The popular baby name site has also seen a 200 per cent uptick in searches for Ken in the same month.


This makes sense because she's everything and he's just Ken.

Sadly, while eBay listings for rare Allan dolls (played by Michael Cera in the film) have skyrocketed after the movie’s release, there is yet to be a search increase for 'Allan' when it comes to baby names.

"Nobody is looking for poor Allan though, as his name searches have not increased," babynames.com founder and CEO Jennifer Moss told FOX 35 News.

Sorry, Allan.


According to the website, Barbie means 'stranger' while Ken means 'handsome'.

Ruth Handler, the inventor of Barbie named the iconic doll after her daughter, Barbara. She also named Ken after her son, Kenneth.

According to the Social Security Administration, the name Barbie spiked in popularity in the United States after the doll was first released in 1959.


Between 70 to 100 babies per million were named Barbie throughout the early-to-mid 1960s, with the name peaking in popularity in 1964.

Kenneth or Ken first gained popularity before the 1920s, when it was in the top 25 most popular boy names, according to the Social Security Administration.

When Ken joined Barbie in 1961, searches for the name soared, with it peaking in popularity in 1963.

The movie recently surpassed $1 billion at the global box office, just 17 days after its premiere and it is now the fastest Warner Bros. title to achieve this feat so far.


It dethroned Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which previously held the record with 19 days.

And Greta Gerwig is now the first and only solo female filmmaker with a billion-dollar film.

Featured Image Credit: Sally Anscombe/Getty Images. Warner Bros.

Topics: News, TV and Film, Barbie

Keryn Donnelly
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