Category: baby name Anakin

Heroes vs Villains in Baby Name Land

By Nick Turner

Are villain names becoming more popular with today’s parents? It sure seems that way. The rise of Anakin (Darth Vader) and Kylo (Darth Vader’s murderous grandson) has shown that bad guys often capture the hearts of baby-namers.

And here’s another sign that the dark side is winning. For the first time, Loki is more common than Thor.

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Baby Names From Ordinary to Out-There

By Abby Sandel

Everybody loves Emma. It’s tops in the US, huge in France, big in Italy and Ireland, loved by the Dutch, and a favorite in Spain and Scandinavia, too. This week, we learned that Emma is Number 1 in Switzerland, favored by parents who speak Italian, French, and German.

At the same time, plenty of parents are working to choose a name that’s less popular. Some avoid the Top Ten, but stick with Top 100 choices like Piper or Stella. Others worry that Esme and Magnolia are too popular now that they’ve cracked the Top 1000.

Many of the baby names in the news this week are rare – in some cases, nearly one-of-one choices.

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