There has been a huge spike in parents naming their children after Pokémon
It's happening. It's really happening.
Given Pokémon GO's unrelenting quest for total world domination, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that new parents are so caught up in the game that they're naming their children after Pokémon characters.
According to US parenting website BabyCenter, there has been a noticeable spike in a variety of names than can surely only have been inspired by the Japanese franchise.
The site says that half of its users are playing the smartphone game, and although we still appear to be waiting to welcome a Blastoise, Tentacruel or Machamp into the world, there are certain Pokemon names that are enjoying a real surge in popularity.
Kicking off, there are 1,983 more baby girls being named Evee this year than there were in 2015.
Even more impressive/ridiculous is that the name Onix has climbed by 4,377 in 2016.
Also up is Ash, because every parent wants their child to be the very best like no one ever was.
The name Jynx has absolutely shot up in 2016. We wonder why.
— CLAM D. (@itsmeclam) July 27, 2016
The girl's name Mew has also cropped up 8,809 times this year, up nearly 6,000 from last. It seems the human Mew is a lot easier to come by than the illusive Pokemon version.
— Chase Every (@ChaseEvery) July 28, 2016
And as for Pikachu - some might say the most iconic Pokemon and therefore a bold name to bestow upon your newborn - we couldn't find any data on BabyCenter's website, but the name exists in the search engine. It's only a matter of time...