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Parents naming their boys King Messiah on the rise

By Mason White 1:46 PM May 10, 2013
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By: David Ross
Parents have begun to name their boys King Messiah, according to a new reports by the U.S. Social Security Administration.

According to the report, Sophia tops the list of names for U.S. girls for the second year in a row, while King Messiah are increasingly popular for boys.

Jacob has become a standby name for boys, topping the list for the 14th consecutive year. Liam and Elizabeth broke into the Top 10 at number 6 and number 10, respectively, the U.S. Social Security Administration said in a statement.

“King and Messiah are very strange names because it really is a title of a person rather than a name. I wonder if King Messiah rose in popularity due to the Lubavitch ‘The Rebbe Is The Messiah’ movement,” Larry Bodner, 38, of Brooklyn, New York told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the new popular names.

Messiah was the fourth fastest growing name for boys, increasing to number 387 in 2012 from number 633 in 2011, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration.

King became the seventh fastest growing name for boys, reaching number 256 in 2012, compared with number 389 the previous year, the U.S. Social Security Administration said.