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Gender: M Meaning of Ares: "ruin, bane" Origin of Ares: Greek Ares's Popularity in 2013: #904

Though this name is rooted in Greek mythology, it just entered the US Top 1000 for the first time in 2013 -- but as one of the year's fastest-rising names.

In Greek mythology, Ares was the blood-thirsty God of war and son to Zeus and Hera. Names from ancient myth and legend are generally on the rise, as witness Gwen Stefani's choice of Apollo for her third son.

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