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This week, Appellation Mountain’s Abby Sandel looks at comic book names, stripping away the heroes’ superpowers to reveal their more human personae names.

Every superhero needs a couple of things: superhuman powers, a cape, and maybe a sidekick.  He also needs a regular Joe name to hide his higher calling.  Spider-Man fights crime, but Peter Parker dries the dinner dishes.

It’s been this way since Superman first appeared in a 1938 comic book.  Mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent has been donning a cape and leaping tall buildings in a single bound for over eight decades.

Many of the best known comic book characters made their debuts before the 1960s, leaving some of their real life identities as dated as Gary or Wally.

Happily, comic book writers have an easy means to update any of their characters.  While a few famous figures – think Spider-Man, Batman, and Superman – never really ditch their human counterparts, in other cases, the superhero role is a title.  It can be passed on intentionally, or inherited unexpectedly.  For every Wally, there’s a Scott.  The updates keep on coming, too.  How else do you explain that the current Red Ranger in the Power Rangers franchise answers to Jayden?

You could name your son Blaze or Slade, and hope he has the confidence to pull off a larger-than-life appellation, but there are some true gems amongst our heroes’ workaday names.  They prove that popular and classic choices can be exciting.  While some of these are obscure, Hollywood has adapted plenty of superhero stories for the big screen in recent years: the X-Men, Green Lantern, and Captain America are all up this summer, with more in the works.

This list is all boys, but there are plenty of heroic choices for girls, too.  Tune in next week!

Anthony – Who’s cooler than Tony Stark?

Arthur – Aquaman was born Arthur Curry, before he discovered that he was descended from the lost tribe of Atlantis.

Bartholomew

Bruce – Worn by Batman’s other half, Bruce Wayne, as well as scientist-turned-Hulk, Bruce Banner.

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Power Girl Baby Names

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This week, Appellation Mountain’s  Abby Sandel comes up with some powerful new name ideas for your superbaby girl.

Women’s history month draws to a close just as Sucker Punch’s girl army hits the big screen.

 Coincidence?  Probably. 

 But to parents who grew up with The Bionic Woman and Tank Girl, there’s something appealing about a naming a daughter after a daring female figure.  The women on this list are handy in a fight, quick with a sword or a wand, and might have a super power or secret government clearance, too. 

Not every appealing character wears a great name.  Sucker Punch’s heroine answers to Babydoll.  You probably wouldn’t consider Agent 99 or The Bride, either.  (Though The Bride’s given name, Beatrix, is quite stylish.)

Here are some of the better-known tough girls, many of which would wear well in the 21st century:

AnyaAnya Sofia Corazon is the new Spider-Girl, also known as Araña, in the Spider-Man universe.

Buffy Despite a big screen debut and seven seasons on television, we haven’t met many bitty Buffys.  But rookie screenwriter Whit Anderson has been tapped to reboot the vampire slayer’s story.  Could the third time be the charm?

ClaireTelevision’s Heroes captivated audiences with the tagline, “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World!”

Echo – From short-lived sci-fi series Dollhouse

EvelynAs in Evelyn Salt, Angelina Jolie’s character in 2010’s spy thriller.

FionaSome parents fret that Shrek’s better half is a reason to avoid this name, but the world’s most famous female ogre is quite admirable.

GwenDoctor Who spin-off Torchwood includes police officer turned alien hunter Gwen Cooper.

Hanna – Adolescent assassin Hanna Heller appears on the big screen in April.

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