names, names chosen in honor of personal heroes or heroines outside your own family, have been a rising class of names over recent years. They offer strong meaning for parents, powerful role models for their namesakes, plus names more distinctive than the Johns and Marys
often found in the family tree. Hero
names we see on the rise right now connect to luminaries of the arts, sciences, commerce, and politics both past and present. Some are surnames appropriated as firsts while others are distinctive first names. Here, 12 of the hottest hero and heroine names on the charts:
Bran is the Celtic god of the underworld whose name means “raven,” so it follows that Branson means “son of the raven”. Branson is one of the fashionable patronymics that carries a suggestion of Virgin Airline founder Richard’s adventurous and individualistic spirit.
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