People are naming their babies after Handmaid's Tale characters 1 month ago

People are naming their babies after Handmaid's Tale characters

Unsurprisingly, Offred isn't on the list.

Television and films constantly influence the popularity of baby names.

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For instance, the name Bella surged in popularity following the success of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight books, as well as the subsequent movie franchise.

Similarly, Hermione became a popular baby name off the back of the Harry Potter books and films.

The name Katniss, meanwhile, never appeared in the US records until 2012, which was when the first installment of The Hunger Games hit movie theatres.

As it turns out, the television adaption of The Handmaid's Tale has seen a similar effect.

According to Bella Baby, a number of characters from the show have become popular baby names.

June, for instance, has a popularity score of 81%. It recently climbed 20 places on the list of baby names.

The divisive character Serena, on the other hand, appears to be even more popular. It has a score of 93% and jumped 49 places across the rankings over the past few years.

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Other popular baby names inspired by the series include Rita, Cora and Nick.

The Handmaid's Tale's influence on baby names is not surprising when you consider the massive success of the television adaption.

The Hulu programme made history as the first show on a streaming service to win an Emmy for Outstanding Series. The Guardian, meanwhile, listed it among their 100 best TV shows of the 21st century.

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Last month, the trailer for the highly anticipated fourth season dropped on Instagram, and, by the looks of it, we're in for a wild ride.

When we last saw June, she was bundling the children of Gilead onto a plane, attempting to rescue them from the totalitarian state. However, June herself isn't leaving anytime soon, as she remains committed to rescuing her daughter.

The fourth season of The Handmaid's Tale will debut on Wednesday 28 April on Hulu.