The Hottest Hero Baby Names: Langston, Landry and Lennon
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.
- 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." >
- Crosby – it’s a recent entry to the Top 1000, where it stands at Number 670 – may be more inspired by hockey star Sidney Crosby or the laid-back Dax Shepard character on TV’s Parenthood than by crooner Bing or rocker David. But this Irish surname that means “village with crosses” rolls the range of associations into one." >
- Charles Darwin’s evolutionary On the Origin of Species was published in 1859, and his surname has been used for babies on and off at least since records have been kept, hitting a high of Number 305 in 1936. It’s now back and very much on the upswing, right in step with other two-syllable, n-ending boys’ names." >
- Oscar-winning Denzel Washington—who inherited his father’s name-- has inspired significant numbers of baby Denzels, especially in the 1990s. Many of their bestowers may not have been aware that Denzel is an old Cornish place name that morphed into a first." >
- Franco, now at Number 977, has long been a standard-issue Italian first name, attached to such notables as tenor Corelli, American footballer Harris, and film director Zefferelli. It could rise along with other names inspired by Pope Francis." >
- Zakk Wylde named his son Hendrix, and Donnie Wahlberg used it as his boy Elijah’s middle back in 2001." >
- Martin Luther King, Jr., and possibly to Elvis, together with its regal bearing, King has been zooming up the popularity list. It latched on in 2006 and in the half dozen years since has climbed to Number 356—with the probability of ascending even higher. Longer form Kingston is at 210." >
- Dallas Cowboys football coach Tim Landry. It was seen as a first name for a TV character --Landry Clark-- on Friday Night Lights." >
- Harlem Renaissance poet, Langston Hughes—who was born James Langston Mercer Hughes, Langston being the maiden name of his mother. Actor Laurence Fishburne used it for his now grown son. Langston is Number 260 on Nameberry." >
- Liam Gallagher and Patsy Kensit used it for their son in 1999. Though it didn’t make it onto the list until nine years later, Lennon has been gradually growing in popularity ever since, thanks also to its pleasant lemony feel." >
- Thatcher, as in former British Prime Minister Margaret, is one of the freshest sounding of the old occupational surnames, evocative of rural landscapes with thatched-roof cottages. Although it hasn’t yet made the national popularity list, farsighted Berries already have it at Number 318. Thatcher Grey is a character on Grey’s Anatomy, and it was the name chosen for her son by celebrity chef Cat Cora." >
- Long associated with Britain’s larger-than-life World War II Prime Minister Churchill, and particularly well used in the West Indies, Winston peaked in popularity here, not surprisingly, in 1941, But it is now making a comeback in the US—for Nameberries it currently ranks at Number 319. Winston was John Lennon’s middle name, and was used by actress Billie Piper for her son. And it comes complete with winning nickname Win." >
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on 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!
on 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!).
on 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.
on 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.
on 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.
on March 21st, 2014 at 9:06 am
I really like Branson, Darwin, Hendrix, and Thatcher.
on March 21st, 2014 at 9:22 am
on 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!
on 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!
on 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.
on 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.
on 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.
on 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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