People are naming their kids – and dogs – after ‘Stranger Things’ characters

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Instead of looking at family history or honoring relatives, people are relying on pop culture for name inspiration when it comes to their children — and pets.

Popular baby names this year include plenty of references to the sci-fi hit series Stranger Things.

Baby Center released its annual list culled from nearly 400,000 parents and found the Netflix show helped boost names like Nancy, Dustin (up 32 percent), Lucas (25 percent increase) and Winona Ryder’s Joyce (up 23 percent). 

Another popular TV show influencing what our next generation will be called is The Walking Dead (no joke, the generic zombie name “Walker” is up 12 percent in popularity). Read more…

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