Yesterday, 43-year-old Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner leapt from a capsule hovering over 24 miles above the surface of the Earth.
He fell for 4 minutes and 19 seconds, reaching a maximum velocity of 834 m.p.h. (and thereby breaking the sound barrier).
Will Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking space jump cause a corresponding jump in the number of babies named Felix this year?
The name, which comes from the Latin adjective felix and means “happy” or “lucky,” is already on the rise in the U.S.:
- 2011: 1,023 baby boys named Felix
- 2010: 944 baby boys
- 2009: 925 baby boys
- 2008: 888 baby boys
- 2007: 809 baby boys
- 2006: 760 baby boys
- 2005: 768 baby boys
- 2004: 690 baby boys
I think we would have expected the number babies named Felix to increase regardless, but will the jump — which was the most-watched live event ever on YouTube — give it an extra nudge upward? If so, how much of a nudge?