It’s no surprise that, with Hunger Games fever having gripped us for a little over a year, the YA book series would influence new parents to bestow just-futuristic-enough names on their little ones born in 2012.
But where the latest study from Nameberry differs from other “top names of x year” list is which names actually ranked highest. When you’re dealing with the Twilight fandom, of course Isabella claims the top spot; but Hunger Games fans would rather name their daughter Rue than Katniss.
According to Nameberry’s analysis, a lot of Suzanne Collins‘ dystopian names are popular right now: Primrose and Clove also made the list. But it’s the smart, agile young girl who became Katniss’ surrogate sister in the Arena — and who helped her set that nasty tracker jacker trap — that expectant parents most want to name their children after.
The phenomenon is the same with the guys. Where are Gale and Peeta? Nowhere to be found, and instead eclipsed by the more Roman-sounding Cato. This piece of data is just laughable; it’s not like Cato was a misunderstood character, he was a legitimate psychopath.
Because these names aren’t as universal as the ones from other fandoms, you might want to think twice about the emotional baggage you’re dropping on your kids with these monikers. As EW points out, it would be difficult to tell little Cato to take a time-out when his namesake is known for snapping necks.
Side note: There is currently a character on Bones named Finn Abernathy. I refuse to believe that this is anything less than a Hunger Games homage to Finnick and Haymitch.