Choosing your baby's name can cause all kinds of problems and can actually end up more a hindrance than something to look forward to. However, these days, the world has much more to offer than it did in the past, with names now taking all sorts of shapes and sizes. In fact, one of the latest trends is to name your child after someone important in history, someone who was somewhat of an icon. That's right, icons and heroes are now all the rage, with the hope that the name will bring some extra empowerment and luck. Yes, if you are looking for something a little less mainstream then you have come to the right place. Here are 10 baby names inspired by icons.
The number seven has significance in a number of sports and is now thought of as lucky as a result. For instance, in soccer (football over in the UK) the number is often associated with the successful soccer team, Manchester United. Players such as George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo have all donned the number seven shirt, causing a number of hardcore fans to call their children after the lucky digit.
In fact, even David Beckham got in on the act and named his daughter, "Harper Seven" after his very own Manchester United position and shirt number.
Maya originally comes from Indian mythology and is the name of the goddess Devi, the consort of Shiva. However, the name has multiple meanings and exists in almost all cultures. These days, the name is becoming quite popular and is slowly starting to make its way into the top 50 most popular names in the United States and in various other parts of the world.
The name is also the name of Maya Angelou, the famous African-American poet and civil rights activist. As a result, the name is now even more popular, with more and more parents naming their kids after the much-loved writer.
Back in the day, Duke was an extremely popular name for a cat or a dog. However, these days, the name is becoming more and more popular for young children. The name originally started as a surname, meaning "leader" or simply son of Marmaduke. Over the years, the name has collected a number of royal connotations, mostly due to its meaning of nobility. Therefore, it is easy to see why the name has become extremely common as of late. Plus, the name was the nickname of the legendary movie star, John Wayne, who was called Duke because it was the name of the family dog.
Brady is mostly used as a surname and first originated in Ireland. The meaning behind the name is supposed to mean "large-chested" or "broad" with the name also having strong athletic connotations. The surname can be found all over the world but it is most popular in the United States and Western Europe.
However, these days, the name is now being used as a first name and can be used with both boys and girls. Many people suggest that superstar football player, Tom Brady, is the main reason for this, with the name, said to represent a strong, athletic and tall stature.
The name Billy first came around from the longer name of William, with Billy usually used as a nickname. However, over time, the name became common for both men and women, with women mostly preferring to spell the name with an "ie" instead of a "y."
In fact, nowadays, the name is much more common for girls than it is for boys. The name has been connected to some huge icons throughout history, from tennis legend Billie Jean King to Michael Jackson's hit tune, "Billie Jean." However, it is Jazz legend Billie Holiday that the name is most remembered for, with the female icon one of the greatest singers to have ever graced this earth.
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakansti activist who is mostly known for her involvement in female education and human rights. In 2012, while riding on a bus, Yousafzai (along with two girls) was shot in the head by the Taliban as a result of her activism. Thankfully, she survived and went on to become the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. These days, Yousafzai lives in Canada and continues to inspire people all over the world with her strong attitude and outlooks on life. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to see that her name has risen in popularity with regards to what people are now calling their children.
Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist who is now mostly known for leading the British suffragette movement which helped a selection of women gain the vote in 1918. Over the years, Pankhurst has been applauded for her work and is often named as one of the most inspirational or important people of all time. As a result of her success, the name Emmeline has become a popular choice for babies, especially for firstborn daughters. The name, which is also related to the likes of "Emily" and "Emma," first originated in Germany and was mostly used for nobility and even royalty.
The name Abraham has been around for centuries and has been continuously going in and out of fashion as a result. These days, the name is mostly connected to that of famed President Abraham Lincoln, with parents across the globe and especially in the United States, naming their child after the gigantic figure.
However, the name also has several biblical connotations, with Abraham meaning "father of many" in Hebrew. In fact, Abraham comes up a lot in the bible and is an important figure. Furthermore, the name is also a common surname and can be found all over the world.
The name Coco first originated in France and is mostly used as a nickname or an abbreviation of a longer name. One of the most famous people to carry the name was French fashion designer Gabrielle Chanel, who was mostly referred to as Coco throughout her life.
Chanel was extremely successful, therefore the name now is now linked with success and wealth. However, these days, the name has somewhat come evolved even more and is now used as a stand-alone first name. In fact, the name has slowly crept into the top 1,000 names in the United States, with Friends actress Courtney Cox also calling her daughter Coco.
Nelson, which means "son of Neil," first originated in England and is now found all over the world. The name has a long history of iconic figures such as British admiral Horatio Nelson who was most famous for The Battle of Trafalgar and the now-iconic Nelson's column in London.
However, the name is also associated with the world-famous South African statesman, Nelson Mandela, who was given the English name by a teacher when he was a child. Mandela, who is most noted for becoming the first black South African head of state, is one of the most iconic people of his generation and his name continues to inspire many across the globe.