Skip to comments.Today's Hot Baby Names: King, Major, Messiah
Posted on 05/10/2013 7:02:34 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
The top baby names for 2012 were a pretty unsurprising bunch: Jacob (taking the No. 1 spot for the 14th consecutive year), Mason, and Ethan for boys; Sophia (for the 2nd year in a row), Emma, and Isabella for girls. More interesting: the fastest rising names, which include Major, Messiah, King, and Maverick, reports the AP. One baby name expert says this trend of "aggrandizing names" is part of a long American tradition. "We've pretty much run out of presidential names, all the Jeffersons and Jacksons and Madisons," she said, "so we're moving on to the aristocracy, I guess, or to the military."
The data comes from the Social Security Administration's annual list of popular baby names. According to the list, the fastest rising name for girls is Aryapossibly inspired by the popular character Arya Stark from HBO's Game of Thrones? Next were Perla, Catalina, and Elisa. On the other end of the list, the names most rapidly losing popularity are Braeden, Yahir, and Kieran for boys, and Dulce, Mikaela, and Estrella for girls. Quirky side note: Messiah, Major, and King are all banned baby names in New Zealand.
No he’s not, he’s a very naughty boy.
That was my first reaction. What in the heck?
Major Harris, University of West Virginia. The first “Holy Bleep” quarterback I ever saw.
Mine is John and I’m happy with one of the world’s most popular names of all time.
named after our current president no doubt.
That’s been around a while. In the 1980s I was living in this town called Briarwood Queens in New York which if you went south of is /was a mainly black neighborhood, and one time I stopped into a supermarket to buy something down there and overheard this black woman yelling for her kid who kept running around “Messiah! Messiah! Git yo ass over here! Messiah! Goddammit! Git yo butt over here!!” which cracked me up. It sounded like Mary screaming at Jesus when he was a kid.
Why not? The guy who cuts my neighbor's lawn is named Jesus.
I think some parents are getting carried away with the notion that strong names help mold strong children. Major has been around awhile, but Messiah, King and Maverick?
My next-door neighbors have a son named Maverick. He’s around 20, so they’re ahead of the trend line.
Arya ready yet?
Jesus - pronounced Hey Zeus, in reference to the ancient Greek gods.
I wonder if school kids named “Jason” or “Kelly” are the ones made fun of now?
Ya gotta have a rather seared conscience to name your kid “Messiah”.
The mere thought of it makes me cringe.
I dated a girl named Johnene many years ago. Her father was named John and both of her brother’s were named John but one answered to his middle name.
We have plenty of Saints’ names available.
On another topic, I know a man named Perfecto. I was writing a short bio of him for inclusion in a dinner program where he was to be a featured speaker. I asked him his middle name, or middle initial.
“I have no middle name, thank God. My mother might have made it Jesus!”
I laughed and asked him if he’d had a hard time in school living up to the name Perfecto. He said tha he didn’t regret it at all. Much of his business success had been in sales, and he said that nobody EVER forgot his name.
Bill Cosby is wonderful!
Another real name:
Prounounced: shi THEE ad.
What? D’WayneU-Neek didn’t crack the top?
Once taught a young lady named “Wonderful”.
Over in France and much of Europe a top baby name is not Messiah, but....
Just a matter of time before this name makes the top ten here in the US.
I have an acquaintance who named her children Sean, Ian, John and Nora. I pointed out to her grandmother that Sean, Ian, and John all are iterations of John. Didnt seem to matter. I don’t know how Nora didn’t get named Jeanne.
how about just picking a few from Cletus’s herd:
Tiffany, Heather, Cody, Dillon, Dermit, Jordan, Taylor, Brittany, Wesley, Rumor, Scout, Cassidy, Zo, Clo, Max, Hunter, Kendall, Kaytlin, Noah, Sasha, Morgan, Kira, Ian, Lauren, Qbert, Phil.
Kinda partial to ‘ol Qbert myself.....
Yep. Probably not long in coming.
They watched Top Gun a few too many times, is what that means.
'Arya' means 'noble' / 'civilised' in Sanskrit. A daring name for all the negative racial connotations associated with it.
A lot of the ah “ethnic” girls here in metropolis cities in TX are named “Female”.
No joke, the ISD admin head pointed out how many were named this very thing....
Guess the race.
Oh! You beat me to it! I was just about to post that. One of Cosby’s best.
Yep, I think a friend of my husband who is a pediatrician has run across this one. Mom was upset that no one knew how to pronounce it.
I know a couple who have named their son “Buckshot.”
Januvia, Byetta and Victoza are catching up....
Right before we finished up, he got drunk and into some sort of trouble and got busted to E-1......so the last we heard of him, he was Private General James.
The last Western Roman Emperor was named “Romulus Augustus”......
King, Major? Are they children or dogs?
And, I thought I was the only one that had heard of that name. My sister in law was an inner city school teacher and came across that name/spelling.
She asked me if I knew how to pronounce it.....I couldn't. When she told me, I about it the floor.
The first dog in my life was a collie named King.
Ya never forget your first, ya know?
What ever happened to good old-fashioned names like Orangejello and Lemonjello (famous twins from the projects)?
I’ll bet he has lots of good stories.
Latrina, Catastrophe, Precious, Princina, Princella, Memorial, L’Q’anda, and of course, Sh’niq’a.
All REAL children’s names from the Boston Public Library where my aunt worked. (Over 40 years ago!)
I’ve managed to reach 46 without ever seeing that.
No, my first name is easy to remember.
These days, it’s the apostrophe that adds that extra dash of panache.
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