Barbie baby-name searches are spiking — and women already named Barbie are here for it

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As search interest in the name Barbie jumps 792% off the $1 billion box office hit, real women named Barbie before it was cool are feeling the love

This summer’s “Barbie” movie boom has got parents toying with naming their kids after the iconic doll. And it’s also giving women already named Barbie new love for their name.

In the meantime, BabyCenter has catered to name-seekers’ curiosity by drawing up a list of Barbie-inspired names, such as Barbara — Barbie’s first name — or, of course, Ken and Kenneth, after Barbie’s beau. Barbie has never quite reached the same height of popularity that Barbara did, however, perhaps due to the fact it was so closely identified with the doll. Barbie only ranked in the top 1,000 girl names from 1961 to 1968, in the decade after the doll’s debut. Today, it’s in the 5,000s.

“It’s been encouraging to see people mention Barbie in a positive light, rather than as a dig — ‘Oh, you play with Barbies?’ – that would be more frequently thrown around when I was younger,” said Barbie Chiu, 25, from the San Francisco Bay Area. Related: There’s a new star of the U.S. economy this summer: women. ‘Is this how men have always felt?’


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