The name "Anakin" of course refers to Anakin Skywalker, a character first introduced to fans as a heroic Jedi Knight and possible "Chosen One." As the Star Wars website describes him, Anakin was "caring and compassionate but also had a fear of loss that would prove to be his downfall." That downfall was later made pretty clear, when audiences learned that Anakin grew up to become Darth Vader, a Sith Lord. So yes, that's a heavy name to give a baby. But maybe you're acknowledging your kid's complex humanity, or maybe you just like the way it sounds. To each their own.
If you like the way Anakin sounds, but don't happen to be into naming your kid after Darth Vader, here are eight other equally kickass baby names for sci-fi and fantasy lovers.
Is it any wonder that our national obsession with Game of Thrones would make way for a whole slew of babies being named afters its characters? Probably not. Arya — the whip-smart, tomboyish daughter of Ned and Catelyn Stark — has been one of the show's most popular names for a while now. In fact, according to Tech Times, the name "Arya" has been steadily growing in popularity, increasing from 273 baby names in 2010 to 387 in 2011 — and 1,315 in 2013. Considering the character is known for being a badass female who shatters gender stereotypes like a boss, that's one pretty fierce name to give any little girl.
Here's another goodie for you Star Wars fans. Princess Leia Organa is known for her bright intellect, strong character, and impressively symmetrical side buns. According to Nameberry, "Leia" has stayed firmly put in the top 1,000 baby names list for years now, even rising 100 spots in 2013.
This one's just beautiful, and can be used for both girls and boys. It's the name of the popular character River Tam from the too-soon-cancelled series Firefly. The sister of Dr. Simon Tam, she was known for her incredible intelligence and astonishing martial arts prowess.
Sure, she's kind of cray ... OK, and kind of a murderer on Orphan Black. But the name Helena wasn't always associated with the dark side. In fact, according to Nameberry, it's just the opposite. A Greek moniker, "Helena" literally means "a bright, shining light."
On HBO's now-defunct True Blood, Hoyt Fortenberry was known as one of the only truly sweet and good-natured characters. So there you are: a kind name for your kind future babe, inspired by a violent show about bloodsucking vampires. Why not?