Pokemon Go has erupted in recent weeks. Everywhere we go in Belfast recently, from Botanic Gardens to the Lagan Towpath to the bustling Lisburn Road, heads are buried in phones as fans of the game frantically attempt to catch more Pokemon.

And now, parents in the US are naming their children after characters from Pokemon Go.

According to Baby Center, an increasing number of newborns are going to grow up with first names like Roselia, Ash, Eevee and Onyx.

The US pregnancy and parenting website says around half of its users are playing the game regularly right now.

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But it’s unclear exactly how many new mothers and fathers will call their children Bulbasaur or Venonat.

The BBC spoke to global editor in chief of Baby Center, Linda Murray, who said: “Parents are always looking to pop culture for baby name inspiration and, right now, it doesn’t get hotter than Pokemon Go.

“It’s possible that parents’ enthusiasm for the game will reignite their love for the brand and spark a full-fledged naming trend.”

The website finds out what new parents are naming their babies while they’re registering.

Mankey and Muk are said to be less popular – which is probably a good thing.

But we really hope there are some human Pidgeys throwing little red balls at each other in the not too distant future – especially in Northern Ireland. Only time will tell if this trend comes to us – but with the ever-increasing popularity of Pokemon Go – we reckon it definitely will!

How names connected to Pokemon Go have grown in popularity compared to this time last year…

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1. Roselia – it’s risen 5,859 spots
2. Onyx – up 2,184 spots
3. Star – 2,040
4. Eevee – 1,377 places
5. Ivy – 1,287 spots
6. Ash – 248 spots
7. Shay – 64 spots

Source: BBC Newsbeat

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