According to data from the US Social Security Administration, there has been an increase in the number of children named after characters from the Marvel Universe in the United States during the year 2020.
The influence of the MCU
Since 2008 and the release of Iron man, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) keeps growing haunt movie theaters. With a current output of four films per year, the MCU continues to extend its hegemony over American cinema. At present, 25 movies make up the MCU, and many series are starting to complete the picture. Just in the Top 10 films that grossed the most money at the box office, Three MCU movies make this ranking: Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers. In short, the big boss, it’s Marvel Studios and its amazing MCU.
Names borrowed from Marvel heroes
And the influence of the MCU is such that some parents decide to name their kids after some of their favorite heroes. Indeed, the US Social Security Administration has recorded a significant increase in first names from Marvel comics and films. As reported by Huffington Post, the US Social Security Administration revealed that 135 children were given the first name Loki and 128 children were named Valkyrie in 2020.
Even Thanos has thus become the first name of a few children across the United States. Indeed, 18 babies have been named after the supervillain of Avengers: Infinity War. Among the other characters in the MCU, 9 children were given the first name of Bucky. And 47 others were called Quill, still for the year 2020.
Pop culture-inspired names are a popular practice in the USA. Elsewhere in the UK the ONS reported that 189 children were named Kylo in 2020. A figure even exceeding some traditional first names like Gary or Nigel. These data thus prove to what extent these thirteen years of MCU, and pop culture as a whole, can have a huge impact. As for the MCU, it returns on November 3 with a new opus entitled The Eternals :