Mattel Reveals Barbie’s Last Name And Sends Twitter Into A Frenzy

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‘Barbie’, the iconic doll that has been a part of many young girls’ lives, has sent netizens into a frenzy after a recent tweet from its official Twitter account.

In celebration of National Siblings Day, the ‘Barbie’ account tweeted out a message to honor the occasion. A photo of ‘Barbie’, together with her sisters, was posted with the caption, “Happy #SiblingsDay from the Roberts Sisters!”

The photo has since received over 10,000 ‘likes’ and sparked conversations between users who were not even aware that ‘Barbie’ has a last name. One user responded, “I always thought her last name was ‘Doll.’”

The full name of ‘Barbie’ is actually ‘Barbara Millicent Roberts’. Ruth Handler, Elliot Handler and Harold “Matt” Matson—founders of Mattel—created ‘Barbie’ in the 1950s and it was named after the Handlers’ daughter, Barbara.

Their daughter’s obsession with dolls led to the development of ‘Barbie’. Since dolls back then were only baby dolls, Ruth decided to create dolls that were more grownup, held different jobs, and were more adventurous for her child. ‘Barbie’ made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in 1959.

‘Barbie’ also has three sisters, ‘Skipper’, ‘Chelsea’ and ‘Stacie’. ‘Chelsea’ debuted some time between 2010 and 2011. She was previously known as ‘Kelly’, the youngest of the ‘Roberts’ sisters during the mid-90s.

The ‘Roberts’ twins ‘Tutti’ and ‘Todd’ came about in the mid-60s, and youngest sister ‘Krissy’ was introduced in the late 90s.

Happy #SiblingsDay, from the Roberts sisters! 💕

— Barbie (@Barbie) April 10, 2018

When the hell did Barbie get a last name

— dede 🌻 (@dededtx) April 13, 2018

Who the hell are the "Roberts?"

— Jaremi Carey (@PhiPhiOhara) April 14, 2018

Who are these extra people , I only knew about Kelly

— مونيك (@HtineBee) April 13, 2018


I'm 42, and I just found out the full name of my very first Barbie and all subsequent Barbies.

— just the faxolotl, ma'am. (@hayBEARS) April 13, 2018

I can now die. Barbie's last name is Roberts.

Thank you for everything, universe.

— Marian Perote (@MVPerote) April 14, 2018

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