Long before Romeo and Juliet, a priestess named Hero and her beloved Leander‘s love story ended tragically. Shakespeare also gave the name to a female character in his Much Ado About Nothing, but his Hero has a happy ending.
This would seem to make the name a bold option for girls, another ends-in-o choice to consider when Willow and Margot feel too mainstream. English pop star-turned-television presenter Myleene Klaas is mom to Ava Bailey and Hero Harper.
But Terrence Howard and Mira Pak recently gave the name to their son, a brother for Qirin.
American parents agree with Howard and Pak. In 2015, 55 boys were named Hero, compared to just ten girls. There were also 74 newborn Hiros. There’s a sharp uptick in use in 2015, likely a result of the animated hit.