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Popular New Baby Names: Messiah & Princess — Bad Idea?

Mon, October 14, 2013 12:56pm EDT by Kristine Kowalski Add first Comment
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High titles like ‘King’ and ‘Prince’ aren’t just for royalty anymore — these names were #256 and #457 respectively on the United States’ list of top 1,000 baby names of 2012. Psychologists say that giving your baby a grand name sets expectations very high, right from the get-go — and may lead to unhealthy narcissism.

Every parent thinks their little one is beautiful — but would you name your daughter Beautiful? How about Princess? These trendy baby names are becoming surprisingly more common in the US. These nontraditional names — and some other titles! — came up in the top 1,000 names list for 2012. Find out which controversial name is quickly rising in popularity!

Popular Baby Names: Messiah & Princess — Bad Idea?

Perhaps Prince William and Kate Middleton inspired some of the more regal names on the list. In 2012, “there were 1,423 boys named King, making it the 256th-most-popular name, rising 133 places from the year before. Among girls, 243 were named Princess; among boys, 588 were named Prince,” reports  The New York Post.

One name that is surprisingly on the rise for both baby girls and boys is Messiah. “In 2012, there were 762 male babies — and 49 female — named Messiah in the United States,” reported NY Post. The religious name is quite controversial since it means “leader” and “savior.”

Narcissistic Baby Names?

Psychologists say that giving a child a high title may set them up for high expectations — that they might not be able to live up to.

Plus, children’s names that have connotations of grandeur may reflect the parent’s own need for greatness. “From the research literature we know that people who score high in narcissism also score high in trait called ‘need for uniqueness,’ ” Jean Twenge, psychologist and co-author of the “Narcissism Epidemic,” said. “When you get into these name that proclaims the child’s greatness, that takes it to the next level.”

What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Would you give your kids any of these names?

— Kristine Hope Kowalski

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