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Popularity of the Baby Name Hercules

Number of Babies Named Hercules

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Hercules

Astria – Baby Name Inspired by ’70s Animation

Space Sentinels
The Space Sentinels Mercury, Astria, Hercules
In 1978, the names Astria, Astrea and Astreia all debuted on the SSA’s baby name list, and Astra saw its highest-ever usage:

Name 1977 1978 1979 1980
Astria x 24* 14 5
Astrea x 9* x x
Astreia x 6** x x
Astra 19 25 17 5

*Debut.
**One-hit wonder.

What caused this sudden interest in the name Astria?

A Saturday morning cartoon called The Space Sentinels (originally titled The Young Sentinels). It premiered in September of 1977, and the main characters were a trio of teenage superheros that represented three different racial groups:

  • Mercury (Asian) “the amazing athlete who can match the speed of light”
  • Astria (African-American) “able to assume any living form”
  • Hercules (white) “empowered with the strength of a hundred men”
Astria of Space Sentinels
Astria of Space Sentinels

Astria was one of the few African-American superheroes on television around this time. (The Super Friends character Black Vulcan was another.)

Like Hercules and Mercury, Astria’s name was taken from a figure in ancient mythology: the Greek goddess Astraea.

Though I’m writing her name “Astria” here, I have to admit that I don’t know which spelling was used in the cartoon. Every source I checked seemed to use a different variant (Astrea at Wikipedia, Astraea at IMDb, etc.) and none of the episodes I watched on YouTube showed her name on-screen.

Speaking of episodes, not very many exist: only 13 aired before The Space Sentinels was cancelled. Was the mixed-race cartoon too ahead of its time to survive? Hm…

So which of those three debut spellings do you like best — Astria, Astrea or Astreia?

Source: Terrace, Vincent. Television Introductions: Narrated TV Program Openings since 1949. Plymouth, UK: Scarecrow Press, 2014.


Overconfident Baby Names

Overconfident baby names like Classy, Epic, Majestic, Handsome and Einstein.

Overconfident Baby Names

The ones I’ve blogged about so far are Envy, Foxy, Suave and Unique.

Here are some of the baby names that didn’t make the cut: Aristotle, Artist, Boss, Brave, Couture, Czar, Dandy, Emperor, Fancy, Fantasy, Great, Hercules, Legacy, Ninja, Peerless, Pride, Pristine, Ritzy, Romeo, Royalty, Sassy.

If you know anyone who appreciates baby name humor, please share!

See also: Embarrassing Baby Names.

Poll: Name Pluto’s Two New Moons

Until a few years ago, dwarf planet Pluto had only three known moons: Charon, Nix and Hydra. In 2011 and 2012, two more moons were discovered. Astronomers would now like some help naming these two new moons.

“By tradition, the moons of Pluto have names associated with Hades and the underworld,” so the ballot options include Acheron, Alecto, Cerberus, Erebus, Eurydice, Hercules, Hypnos, Lethe, Obol, Orpheus, Persephone, Styx and Vulcan. Write-in suggestions may also be added to the ballot before it closes. (Vulcan was added after being suggested by none other than William Shatner, for instance.)

Right now, Styx and Cerberus are in the lead.

Vote here, up to once per day, until February 25.

The official picks — which may or may not match the public’s top two choices — “will be announced after their formal approval by the International Astronomical Union.”

Source: Astronomers Ask Public to Help Name Pluto’s New Moons

Popular and Unique Names in South Australia, 2009

The state of South Australia, home to about 8% of Australia’s population, has released its baby name rankings for 2009. Here are the top names for each gender, followed by two dozen names that were used only once last year.

Boys Girls
Popular Names Jack
Riley
William
Oliver & Lachlan [tie]
Thomas
Charlotte
Emily & Chloe [tie]
Ella
Isabella
Lily
Unique names Calcypher
D’Artagnan
Hercules
Legion
Lilallel
Livingfaith
Mamadee
Mornorom
Reef*
Smit
Swastik
Trigger
Alaska
Antigone
Bronkay
Cider
Dawt
Ellaouise
Highbury
Karma-Shaide
Loveness
Oricle
She-II
Tender

*As far as nature names go, Reef seems like a fitting choice for an Australian baby, doesn’t it?

Source: Government of South Australia (Thanks for the link, Patricia!)