People are naming their kids after ‘Stranger Things’, ‘Walking Dead’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ characters

Tyreese, Hershel, Dustin and Harley have been popular this year

The success of hit shows Stranger Things and The Walking Dead have influenced people’s baby name choices, according to new reports.

Baby Center has released a list of the most popular baby names for 2016, with character names from Netflix breakthrough hit Stranger Things seeing massive increases.

Children named Dustin are up 32%, while Mike is up 28%. Winona Ryder’s comeback role as Joyce Byers, meanwhile, may have influenced a revival of the name, with Joyce up 23%.


Elsewhere, The Walking Dead character names have also been popular. Tyreese is up 48%, Hershel 37% and Carol 18%.

Harley is up by 35% too, possibly due to the star of this summer’s Suicide Squad movie, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.

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Read more: Stranger Things Season 2: Release Dates, Cast, Trailers and Everything You Need To Know

Netflix recently confirmed that it has renewed Stranger Things for a second season. Season two will feature nine episodes, one more than the first, launching on Netflix at a date in 2017 which has yet to be announced.

The show’s creators have revealed that they have been reading fan theories about the upcoming plot and that some of them are correct.

Co-creator Ross Duffer said: “Some of these theories are elaborate and smart. They’re not crap. I love reading this stuff… We search Twitter, even though we’re not on it.”


“It’s really gratifying,” brother Matt added. “Because, while you’re making it, you’re sometimes only getting feedback from two or three people… so it was insane to see it go out into the world and be experienced by that many people.”

“We’re trying not let it change our process. The good thing is that we have most of the story broken out before anyone started tweeting or writing about the show. Of course, a lot of what people want is already in the second season.”