These are the superhero baby names that are on the rise

Choosing a name for your newborn child is a big decision. Some like to play it safe with traditional names, while others like to look further afield than the Big Book of Baby Names for inspiration.

Films can be particularly influential on baby naming trends, a well-documented phenomena across the world. So online children’s book retailer, In The Book, decided to look back over the last quarter century and see which superhero films have had the most sway over new parents’ baby naming decisions.

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Using data from the last 25 years, they looked for spikes in name selections after a film was released – and some of the results are quite surprising!

Names such as Neo (The Matrix), Rocket (Guardians of the Galaxy), Donatello and Michelangelo (both Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) weren’t given to a single new-born in the year their respective films were released, however all saw spikes the immediate year after. The 1999 film The Matrix appears to have been particularly influential, as it led to 48 babies being named Neo in 2000.

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For girls’ superhero baby names, the name Harley saw a huge 65 per cent increase one year after the film Suicide Squad was released, clearly influenced by the character Harley Quinn.

Superhero baby names

Boys names

Neo, The Matrix
Babies with name at film release date: 0
Babies with name one year later: 48

Rocket, Guardians of the Galaxy
Babies with name at film release date: 0
Babies with name one year later: 9

Donatello, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Babies with name at film release date: 0
Babies with name one year later: 3

Michelangelo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Babies with name at film release date: 0
Babies with name one year later: 4

Thor, Avengers
Babies with name at film release date: 8
Babies with name one year later: 13

Tony, Iron Man
Babies with name at film release date: 35
Babies with name one year later: 42

Bruce, Batman
Babies with name at film release date: 36
Babies with name one year later: 41

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Girls names

Voilet, The Incredibles
Babies with name at film release date: 50
Babies with name one year later: 161

Honey, Big Hero 6
Babies with name at film release date: 145
Babies with name one year later: 162

Harley, Suicide Squad
Babies with name at film release date: 169
Babies with name one year later: 279

Thora, Avengers (inspired)
Babies with name at film release date: 4
Babies with name one year later: 10