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Posted June 18th, 2017
9 Responses to “Heroes vs Villains in Baby Name Land”
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June 19th, 2017 at 1:02 am
I try not to be overly judgemental about baby name choices. I appreciate unusual choices. But the fact that 24 US babies were named Negan last year (the name’s first appearance on the SSA list) has me dumbfounded. I truly would like to know the stories behind what those parents were thinking.
June 19th, 2017 at 4:18 am
Regarding Loki vs. Thor, I’ve only seen the first Thor movie, but I found Loki to be a far more interesting character than Thor.
My favorite characters often tend to be bad guys who turn good, bad guys who have a good reason for being bad, people who are thought of as the bad guy, but aren’t, etc.
June 19th, 2017 at 8:03 am
Bad guys are often much more dynamic and resonate with the audience as much or more than the protagonist.
He’s not exactly a bad guy, but I used to really want to use the name Zuko. Perhaps for a pet someday, but it’s a little to out there for a human.
June 19th, 2017 at 8:51 am
Marvel’s Loki is well documented to be surprisingly popular; at least as popular as Marvel’s Thor, if not more so, so its hardly surprising that there are more baby Lokis around that baby Thors. I believe both Loke and Tor (the Swedish versions of Loki and Thor) are used fairly commonly in Sweden, but Loke is much more popular. I assume that has very little to do with the Marvel films, but I could be wrong.
June 19th, 2017 at 11:31 am
Vey well observed!
The topic is well caught.
Yes!! villain names are liked by the people but that doesn’t mean people disliking the heroes names.
It all vary from person to person.
For knowing more names please search through the website
June 19th, 2017 at 12:01 pm
Part of the reason that Loki is more popular than Thor both on the SSA List and in current American popular is because Tom Hiddleston’s performance turned him into a fascinatingly complicated character. Before the first Thor film, Loki was a very flat character in the comics, from what I understand, but Hiddleston helped turn him into a tragic character of Shakespearean proportions–his Loki does bad things because of his strong sense of rejection (he wants to be loved, but ultimately doesn’t know how to accept the love of those around him). Another reason Loki has become so popular is because in Thor: The Dark World (the second Thor film), we see him imprisoned after his failed attack on New York, and then broken after his beloved adoptive mother dies (for which he partially blames himself, since he told the bad guys where to find his father, and his mother went to that room to fight them). Through the rest of that film, Loki grow from villain to antihero–he’ll never make the right choice, but people still want to root for him and wish for his redemption. Thor is a fun, funny, and sweet character, but as my mother says, he “nothing but virtue”. People might be choosing the name Loki for their sons because he’s a character who struggles–struggles with insecurity and rejection, with loss and self-blame, and all of people respond to and sympathize with that.
June 19th, 2017 at 1:45 pm
I completely agree with the above as to Thor vs. Loki, so to speak. I preferred Loki’s character, even though I do like Thor. I found Loki’s story and character much more interesting. I liked his intelligence, wit and charm, and in general I think villains have plenty of good traits, but make (what are considered) the wrong decisions. And I just like the sound of Loki more than Thor.
In England/Wales I was somewhat surprised to see Loki is in the top 500 (I didn’t expect him that high), whereas Thor hasn’t charted, but has been used sporadically over a longer time. I think the films have probably drawn more attention to Loki as a name and Norse god in general. For me at least, Thor and Odin were like Zeus, these big, imposing gods, that I just knew and don’t really remember from where. But then I found out there were more who didn’t have the same loud, macho image, and in this case I first ‘discovered’ Loki through the films, loved his character, and that’s stuck. If you strip away the bad stuff, I can personally much more imagine having a little Loki than a Thor.
June 19th, 2017 at 5:38 pm
I don’t think it’s that puzzling that Loki is more popular than Thor. I think you have to look to who the actors are. Tom Hiddleston has more fan girls/die hard fans who name their child after one of their favourite characters than Chris Hemsworth does.
You can just look at social media to see the obsession that Loki has on women.
I’m not surprised that Loki is so popular, in other countries where Thor is a common name (like how Harry is here) Thor is going to be given to more children
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