Marvel is now the official king of popular culture - and not just because of the crazy amount of money that films like Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2 are making at the box office. The Marvel Universe has penetrated the zeitgeist in such a way that now an entire generation of kids are getting names inspired by Marvel comics and movies!
Read below for a list of the most popular 2017 baby names that were inspired by Marvel, and just how many babies are getting those names, as reported by the U.S. Social Security Administration (via Metro UK):
- 5,833 Babies Total Named "Parker" in 2017.
- 4,346 Male
- 1,487 Female
No surprise here, after the popularity of Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the name "Parker" in general.
- 899 Babies named "Wade" in 2017. All Male.
We can definitely blame this one on the Deadpool franchise, as the number of "Wades" in the world has definitely gone up since its release.
- 355 Babies named "Natasha" in 2017. All female.
We would think this one was popular in Eastern Europe already, but it wouldn't be surprising if it got more global exposure, thanks to Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow.
- 128 Babies named "Pepper" in 2017.
- 121 Female
- 7 Male
It's a cute little name for girls - but it'd be interesting to run into a boy named "Pepper."
- 96 Babies named "Loki" in 2017.
- 91 Male
- 5 Female
Tom Hiddleston's Loki may have met his end in Avengers: Infinity War, but his name will live on these babies.
- 63 Babies named "Valkyrie" born in 2017. All female.
Tessa Thompson's performance in Thor: Ragnarok has given the name "Valkyrie" much wider appeal.
- 50 Babies named "Marvel" in 2017.
- 29 Male
- 21 Female
The name "Marvel" itself is becoming a popular name - including with rock star like Falllout Boy's Pete Wentz!
- 39 Babies named "Banner" in 2017. All male.
This one is probably just coincidence, as a surge in "Bruce" would likely be more Hulk-related - but this is as good an explanation as any for why anyone would name their kid "Banner."
- 37 Babies named "Rocket" born in 2017.
- 28 Male
- 9 Female
Rocket would probably be the first to mock the choice to name a baby after him, but we can see why the furry little guy would inspire that choice.
- 20 Babies named "Quill" in 2017
- 15 Male
- 5 Female
This unusual name is definitely the result of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise's popularity in recent years.
6 Babies named "Hawkeye" born in 2017. All male.
The 'heart and soul of the Avengers' didn't show up in Infinity War, but was still inspiring quite a legacy for himself.