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.
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