Here is yet more proof that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is taking over the world: People are naming their babies after various characters from the movies.
The US Social Security Administration recently released data listing the most popular 1000 baby names of 2017, and their list included names inspired by different characters from the movies:
Of the 5,833 babies named after Peter Parker, aka Spider-man, 4346 were boys, and 1487 were girls. That represents another trend, by the way: more than a few girl babies were named after male characters.
Wade Wilson is the wisecracking antihero Deadpool, and 899 baby boys now share his first name.
While Natasha is a fairly common Russian name, it’s also the Black Widow’s first name, and 355 baby girls were named after her.
Pepper Potts, also known as “Mrs. Iron Man,” inspired the parents of 128 babies. Of those youngsters, 121 were girls, and seven were boys.
The God of Mischief is one of Marvel’s most popular villains and the namesake of 91 little boys and 5 little girls.
Thor’s fearless comrade-in-arms shared her name with 63 baby girls.
In what is likely a first, some parents decided to name their kids after the company itself, rather than a specific character. Marvel became the name of 29 baby boys and 21 baby girls.
The Hulk inspired the parents of 39 little boys to name their sons after him.
The smart-mouthed sapient raccoon from the “Guardians of the Galaxies” movies has 28 baby boys and 9 baby girls named after him.
Rocket’s friend, Peter Quill, shared his name with 15 boys and 5 girls.
The parents of six baby boys named their sons after the Avengers’ resident archer.
This is hardly the first time that people have named children after favorite fictional characters. When Harry Potter became popular, people named their kids after the characters – including ones with offbeat names like Luna or Draco.