Messiah, King Becoming Popular Boys’ Names
New Zealand may not want to take risks with baby names but Americans feel just the opposite. Just a week after that country put names like Major on its list of banned baby names, the Associated Press reported that the names King, Messiah and, yes, Major are seeing a big surge in popularity. It seems parents who choose these names are hopeful.
New analysis of the data from the Social Security Administration found the usual favorites from the last several years—Jacob, Mason, Noah, Ethan and William —are still reigning, but the boy names King and Messiah are rising the fastest in popularity for boys. King now ranks at number 256 on the Social Security Administration’s list, moving 133 spots. Messiah has moved 246 spots in popularity and is now at 387. Major is a close third in rising popularity, ranking number 483.
Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard, predicts General will become a popular boys’ name in coming years, especially as more parents seek to honor our country’s service members. Baby name expert and author of The One-in-a-Million Baby Name Book Jennifer Moss told the AP these kinds of “aggrandizing names” aren’t the best of kids. “We feel that it kind of puts an undue pressure on the child when you use those kinds of grandiose or purity names.”
How do you feel about your kid’s kindergarten class being filled with little Kings and Messiahs?