Luna Is a Super Popular Baby Name Now Thanks to the Magic of Harry Potter
There were some unusual names in the Harry Potter series, but some have since started going mainstream.
J.K. Rowling's beloved book series took the world by storm in the late 1990s, and the fandom has remained devoted in the years since. Potterheads' obsession can be seen in a lot of areas, and one interesting one is baby names. As they've grown up, they have taken to naming their kids after memorable characters.
(Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter via Warner Bros. Pictures)
Of all the possible Harry Potter baby names out there, one moniker has gotten a particularly strong boost from the series: Luna. Ever since the kind and quirky Luna Lovegood was introduced in 2003's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, her name has climbed the ranks of the list of most popular female baby names almost every year, as the Huffington Post reports. Luna has gone from being the 889th most popular name for baby girls born in 2003 to the 37th in 2017. It's an impressive rise.
While it's hard to say what exactly has driven Luna's increase in popularity, it seems very likely there is a Harry Potter effect. In fact, Linda Rosenkrantz, co-founder of the website Nameberry, told the Huffington Post that she'd give the Harry Potter books and movies almost full credit.
"I would say Luna Lovegood had almost everything to do with the rise of the name," Rosenkrantz said.
Good for Luna, not to mention the actress who played her, Evanna Lynch. The name has pulled off what many others haven't been able to. Not even a character as popular as Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) has managed to achieve comparable baby name success.
Of course, it is true that there are a lot of Harry Potter baby names that don't roll of the tongue quite like Luna does. Names like Nymphadora and Xenophilius just don't have the same appeal.
If you're also a Potterhead, too, click HERE to read our ranking of 30 notable characters from the series.