The Hottest Hero Baby Names: Langston, Landry and Lennon

Hero names, names chosen in honor of personal heroes or heroines outside your own family, have been a rising class of names over recent years. They offer strong meaning for parents, powerful role models for their namesakes, plus names more distinctive than the Johns and Marys often found in the family tree. Hero names we see on the rise right now connect to luminaries of the arts, sciences, commerce, and politics both past and present. Some are surnames appropriated as firsts while others are distinctive first names. Here, 12 of the hottest hero and heroine names on the charts:


Bran is the Celtic god of the underworld whose name means “raven,” so it follows that Branson means “son of the raven”. Branson is one of the fashionable patronymics that carries a suggestion of Virgin Airline founder Richard’s adventurous and individualistic spirit.

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mill1020 Says:

March 20th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

I like Branson; Sir Richard has a neat life story. Also, my current favorite heroine name is Maya (Angelou, Marguerite). Can’t say I’m a huge fan of Lennon, though–Harrison, maybe!

miloowen Says:

March 20th, 2014 at 11:48 pm

I don’t find any of these names appealing, although I like the Celtic Bran well before George Martin used it. The closest I came to a hero name was when it looked as if my son were going to arrive on 4 July — and he would have been named George Thomas Benjamin had that happened (he’s probably grateful it didn’t!).

Giinkies Says:

March 21st, 2014 at 12:24 am

I read elsewhere that Branson meant “son of Brandon”. Regardless of whether or not this is true, I think it would make an excellent name for the son of a Brandon as they are similar names.
Anyways I am not impressed with King as a name despite the MLK association, it just sounds like the parents are trying to name their child after royalty. I just never understood why Princess was popular as a name, at least Kingston (a name which is similar) is a place.

peacebird10 Says:

March 21st, 2014 at 4:41 am

I’ve had a name crush on Langston for the longest! Glad to see it getting some love.

spotlightstarlit Says:

March 21st, 2014 at 8:23 am

I hope a list of heroine names are soon to follow, otherwise this list includes only one woman, whose name is suggested for a male. There are plenty of women young girls might aspire to be like should they bear their namesakes.

rowgeesee Says:

March 21st, 2014 at 9:06 am

I really like Branson, Darwin, Hendrix, and Thatcher.

Orchid_Lover Says:

March 21st, 2014 at 9:22 am


stephykneejo Says:

March 21st, 2014 at 10:21 am

My favorites from the list are Thatcher, Landry, and Lennon, which were all 3 that I loved before having read this. I like Crosby as well, but living in a highly-populated Pens fan area, I don’t feel I could have ever gotten away with it!

Tina_and_Bert Says:

March 21st, 2014 at 11:29 am

All I can think about when I hear Franco is General Franco of Spain–not a hero I wish any one to aspire to!

iolite Says:

March 21st, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I like Thatcher but I could never use it due to the hatred everyone in my town and country have for Margaret Thatcher, mostly because she shut down the mines which just about everyone from my town was earning money from. It’s a shame, because I think it would be my favourite occupational name.

DrHenry Says:

March 21st, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Not a fan of a lot of these. I do love Denzel and Winston and could warm to Franco. I just don’t like that the majority of these are surnames. Why not honour the same hero with their first name instead?! Crosby? Ick. Sidney? Classy and daper, and it’s still underused so sounds fresh. I just don’t get the whole surname name for firsts now.

MissTrash Says:

March 21st, 2014 at 10:39 pm

Hendrix is definitely a name I will use for one of my future sons (only as a middle). I grew up listening to his music and he is the greatest guitarist of all time. What a great person to aspire to (if you ignore the drug problems ;). I prefer Kingston to King. The rest aren’t really my style.

charlieandperry1 Says:

March 22nd, 2014 at 9:43 am

I’m not much of a fan of the surnames either. I’d much rather use John than Lennon. Better to honour subtly with a name that has hundreds of other good connotations than a name that’s too strongly tied to a person, I think. And I wouldn’t say everyone in the country hated Thatcher, pp. She was certainly hated by a lot of people, but certainly not the entire country. But love her or hate her, I don’t think Thatcher works as a name here at all. Neither do most other British politicians’ names tbf 😛

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