According to the U.S. Social Security Administration data, there was an uptick in baby names after popular Marvel Cinematic Universe characters brought into the world in 2020, with more youngsters being named after saints and villains like Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and Thanos (Josh Brolin). The quantity of kids with Marvel-inspired names has seen an increase when compared to earlier years. This comes during a time of incredible popularity for Marvel, with their movies performing incredibly well in the cinematic world even in changing industry landscapes.
As detailed by Huffington Post, the U.S. Social Security Administration data has revealed that there was an upward pattern in youngsters named after popular Marvel characters, with the Administration keeping records of names that more than 5 kids have. 135 youngsters were named after Loki, while 128 kids were named after Valkyrie, increasing from 2017’s 75 kids. Indeed, even Thanos became a somewhat popular baby name, with 2019 seeing 18 youngsters named after the supervillain following his jobs in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, however the number decreased marginally in 2020 by 4%. Other popular Marvel characters having kids named after them includes 9 youngsters named Bucky, and 47 named Quill, inspired by the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) individually.
The new U.S. Social Security Administration data is a decent point of view on the impact the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had on audiences and is at present having. Many have now grown up with the franchise over its 13-year history, being inspired by its legends, united, and having established bonds by watching these movies. And since many of these fans are adults, they desire to perhaps pass on what has become special to them onto another generation in some structure. It may not be traditional, yet it is a decent way to measure how far-reaching Marvel has become.