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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2015. file photo, people dressed as stormtroopers walk on the red carpet upon arrival at the European premiere of the film 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' in London. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

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Called "eternally popular" by Forbes, the "Star Wars" franchise is among the most beloved, recognizable, successful and enduring movie series in the history of film. The now eight-movie series (five more are planned) boasts the third-highest franchise box office gross revenue on record, but that doesn't begin to account for the brand's success.

From phone cases to action figures, bed sheets, stationery and lunch boxes, Star Wars is arguably the most universally merchandised film series of all time. Although today's children are just as fascinated as their parents and grandparents with the saga, those that were kids for the original filmes are now somewhere close to 50 years old. According to the New York Times, Star Wars has managed to connect middle-aged fans to their childhoods like no other film series in history.

With legions of loyal fans -- from toddlers to the elderly -- obsessing over the tiniest fragments of Star Wars minutia, the films have actually had a measurable impact on our country's culture, including how people name their children. MooseRoots used Social Security Administration data to find out the popularity of names used in the Star Wars franchise among new parents.

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