Biggest Big Picture Trend: Ultimate Power Names
Royal, Saint, Augustus, Kylo – those names may have signaled power in 2016, but next year parents will skip directly to the head of the power line. Yes, we’re talking about God, whose names will be conferred on an increasing number of babies. Expect to meet lots of little deities with names drawn from multicultural mythology: Thor, Persephone, Odin, Freya, Jupiter, Luna, Atlas, Clio, Orion, Morrigan, Pandora, and Zeus. And then there are those babies who are literally named God: Five boys in 2015, along with five named Yahweh, 20 named Lord, 27 called Savior, and 40 baby girls named Goddess. And Messiah, which a Tennessee judge tried to ban five years ago by claiming there was only one, has doubled in popularity: More than 1500 baby boys were named Messiah last year. . And if you feel a deity name isn’t quite right for your child, you may want to go in the other direction and choose Lucifer, now back on the table along with the names of other supreme evil beings such as Lilith, a demon of Jewish folklore, and Kali, the Hindu destroyer.