May 17, 2012
Top Baby Names Reflect Old—Not New—Testament
(Updated) Rising on the list of most popular baby names of 2012? "Messiah."
Update (May 13, 2013): Reuters reports that the newly released list of most commonly used baby names includes some unlikely contenders—"less traditional, but more attention-grabbing names. Messiah was the fourth fastest-growing name for boys, rising to 387th in 2012 from the 633th spot in 2011, according to the [U.S. Social Security Administration]."
But New Zealand won't be seeing a greater number of "Messiahs" running around. The island nation has banned use of the name "Messiah," along with other biblical picks "Lucifer" and "Christ."
The list of most-popular names for babies born in 2011 has been released by the Social Security Administration, and the parsing has begun.
Four of the top ten names for both boys and girls have biblical roots, notes the Washington Post. Popular biblical names have shifted from the New Testament to the Old Testament, "baby name wizard" Laura Wattenberg told the Associated Press.
CT recently charted trends in biblical names and examined whether giving children biblical names enhances their spiritual development.