Boys’ names have gone wild. You can hear a sudden growling on the popularity and starbaby lists, with sweet little babies being given such fierce animal appellations as Wolf and Puma, born-to-be-bad names like Bandit, Wilder, Maverick, Rogue and Rebel, Gunners with Colts, and others suggesting such heavy duty gear as Cannon and Diesel, as well as the names of powerful mythological gods like Thor and Ares and Mars. There are lots of boys named Blaze, and even one starbaby called Fire.
What’s with the fashion for fierceness in boys’ names? We see it as a wish to recapture traditional male strength and power along with an impulse to leave conventional civilization behind. These names suggest old school bad boys in a brave new world, one in which boys still throw rocks and ride dirt bikes but also wear earrings and headbands.
Wilder might be thought of as the artistic fierce name, harkening back to writers Thornton and Laura Ingalls as well as director Billy. Not yet in the Top 1000, Wilder is set to break out, in more ways than one. Goldie Hawn has a grandson named Wilder.