The Frightening New Wave of Baby Names

Aggressive names from Gunner to Raider to Danger are on the rise

It’s a tough world out there, and the new cadre of aggressive, sometimes violent baby names paint a grim picture of parents’ outlook for the future. Baby names inspired by guns and other weapons, by violent behavior, and by historical and mythical warriors are all on the rise – for girls as well as boys. Here, a look at the new frightening names and the numbers that demonstrate their power.  — by Pamela Redmond Satran with research by Esmeralda Rocha

Gun Names

Names related to guns and firearms manufacturers are one of the most dominant types of violent names on the rise. The most popular of all: Gunner, given to over 1500 baby boys last year. Taken together with the 750 boys named homonym Gunnar, an authentic Scandinavian name meaning "bold warrior," places it among the Top 200 boys’ names. Cannon is also in the boys’ Top 1000. Other gun-related names chosen by US parents in 2014 include Trigger, Shooter, Caliber, Magnum, and Pistol. The names of gun manufacturers may have images that transcend their relationship to guns, but they’re on the rise for whatever reason and include Barrett, Remington, Kimber, Ruger, Wesson, Browning, Benelli, and Beretta.

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