Some names anchored in classical mythology -- Lucius, Julius, Ashur, Hector -- have always lurked in the background. They weren’t hugely popular, but you may have come across one or two people with those a names.
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I grew up with a classmate named Julius and one named Lucius and both of them were born in the 1970s, for example. But there are other names that went from practically zero to hundreds after movie releases.
In 2006, the year “The 300” was released, the parents of 19 babies thought Leonidas was a good name for a boy. A decade later, 591 boys were given the Greek name that means “lion like.”
Any mother can understand the impulse to name a baby boy Achilles (Greek for “pain’) after giving birth, but the name comes with a lot of baggage for a baby to carry.
Most Americans agreed until 2004 when Brad Pitt hit the big screen as Achilles in the film “Troy.” Previously, babies born in the U.S. named Achilles hovered in the single digits. Just two years later in 2006, 160 baby boys were born with that name and it has been on the upswing since.
Some parents have taken names based on ancient mythology in a more creative direction using them as inspiration for names that only sound as if they are from the era.
That would include the 13,000 boys across the country who have been given the name Demarcus, a name that Names.org classifies as purely American.