How popular is the baby name Hero in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Hero and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Hero.
English singer Myleene Klass gave birth to her second child in February. She named the baby girl Hero.
Someone on Twitter disliked that choice, and told Myleene so: “is there any chance you could change your mind a give her a name she might appreciate in ten years!”
Surprisingly, Myleene engaged this person by sending an equally ungrammatical response: “are you crazy?! Her names amazing!!!!”
As expected, the ensuing conversation was skewed in favor of Hero, as the people following Myleene’s tweets are necessarily fans (who know that Myleene can see their responses).
So I thought we should take the discussion into neutral territory.
First question: Do you think Hero is a good name for a baby girl?
Second (meta-)question: Do you think it’s smart, from a PR-perspective, for celebrities to engage in online discussions/debates about their baby name choices? Is it “any press is good press,” or does it make celebs look foolish?
(Hat tip to Monsters and Critics for this one.)
Wish the the top 20 names had a more Elizabethan ring to them? Well, wish no more!
I did my best to match each of the most popular baby girl names with similar-sounding names from Shakespeare:
Emilia, Othello; Winter’s Tale; Two Noble Kinsmen
Aemelia, Comedy of Errors
Hermione, Winter’s Tale
Isabella, Measure for Measure
Dionyza, Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Ursula, Much Ado About Nothing
Anne, Merry Wives of Windsor; Henry VIII; Richard III
Viola, Twelfth Night
Miranda, The Tempest
Rosaline, Love’s Labor’s Lost; Romeo and Juliet
Regan, King Lear
Phebe, As You Like It
Bianca, Othello; Taming of the Shrew
Julia, Two Gentlemen of Verona
Olivia, Twelfth Night
Octavia, Antony and Cleopatra
Lavinia, Titus Andronicus
Agrippa, Antony and Cleopatra; Coriolanus
Margaret, Much Ado About Nothing
Helena, All’s Well That Ends Well; Midsummer Night’s Dream
Hermia, Midsummer Night’s Dream
Helen, Troilus and Cressida; Cymbeline
Elizabeth, Henry VI; Richard III
Eleanor, Henry VI; King John
Adriana, Comedy of Errors
Diana, All’s Well That Ends Well; Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Rosalind, As You Like It
Tamora, Titus Andronicus
Katherina, Taming of the Shrew
Paulina, Winter’s Tale
Audrey, As You Like It
Portia, Merchant of Venice; Julius Caesar
Luciana, Comedy of Errors
Nerissa, Merchant of Venice
Jessica, Merchant of Venice
Cressida, Troilus and Cressida
Maria, Twelfth Night; Love’s Labor’s Lost
Marina, Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Mariana, All’s Well That Ends Well; Measure for Measure
Hero, Much Ado About Nothing
Cordelia, King Lear
Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra
Nell, Henry IV; Henry V; Merry Wives of Windsor
Juliet, Romeo and Juliet
Perdita, Winter’s Tale
Lucetta, Two Gentlemen of Verona
Silvia, Two Gentlemen of Verona
Celia, As You Like It
Alice, Henry V; Merry Wives of Windsor
Thaisa, Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing
Blanche, King John
These are by no means equivalents, of course. Some of my “matches” don’t match at all. But I did as well as I could using about three-quarters of all the female characters mentioned by Shakespeare.
And, if you were curious about the names Dionyza and Thaisa, as I was, they seem to be based on Dionysus and Thaïs.