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Baby names 2013: Unlikely popular baby monikers inspired by superheroes and HBO's girls

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By Margot Peppers

PUBLISHED: 18:05 EST, 5 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:56 EST, 6 April 2013

Thor and Marnie are some of the unlikely baby names proving to be hot choices this year.

The list of names take their inspiration from television and movie characters, celebrity babies, and even Fifty Shades of Grey.

Baby name website Nameberry gauged the popularity of these monikers by looking at how many views they accrued on the site in the past three months, compared to the same time period last year.

Popular names: The 13 hot baby names for 2013 so far include Thor, inspired by the Avengers superhero (left) and Marnie, the name of Allison Williams' character on HBO's Girls (right)

Sixties nickname Marnie has seen a revival this year, thanks to Allison Williams' character on HBO's Girls. Lily Allen also chose the name for her daughter, born in January.

And one particularly unlikely name is Mingus, which has seen a 150per cent rise in popularity so far this year.

The surname of famous jazz musician Charles Mingus, Helena Christensen chose this moniker for her son, who is now 13.

Literature - both classic and modern - has served as the inspiration for some of this year's top baby name choices.

Girl's name Marlowe, taken from 16th-century playwright Christopher Marlow, has proved popular among celebrities. Sienna Miller, Jason Shwartzman and Nathan Followill all gave the name to their daughters.

Superheroes and actors that play them: Christian Bale hit the jackpot as far as names go. Christian has seen a revival - thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey - and the real name of his Batman character, Bruce, is also on the list

The big and small screens: Severine was the name of the newest Bond girl in Skyfall (left), and Phaedra is one of the Real Housewives of Atlanta (right)

In a similar vein, Finnegan - evoking James Joyce's novel Finnegan's Wake - stands at number 478 in the U.S.'s top 1000 baby names. According to Nameberry, parents are choosing this as the long form for popular monosyllabic moniker Finn.

On the other side of the literary spectrum, interest in the name Christian has tripled in the first part of this year - thanks to the bestselling erotic novel Fifty Shade of Grey.

Mythological names Thor, meaning thunder, and Phaedra are also on the rise. But their modern uses as an Avengers superhero and a Real Housewife of Atlanta are likely the cause for their new-found popularity.

Other hot baby names include Bruce, Mavis, Nelly and Wilder.

13 OF THE HOTTEST BABY NAMES FOR 2013 SO FAR

Marnie: This Sixties name is having a comeback thanks to Allison Williams' character in HBO's Girls. Hebrew for 'rejoice', Marnie was the name Lily Allen chose for her second child. It first gained popularity in the Sixties after the release of Alfred Hitchcock's movie Marnie.

Marlowe: Inspired by 16th century playwright Christopher Marlow, this name has become a popular choice for baby girls this year. Sienna Miller

Christian: This boy's name has apparently had an upsurge in popularity due because of the hero of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Nelly: Often a nickname for Penelope, Helen or Eleanor, Nelly has gone up 300per cent in popularity since last year. Kourtney Kardashian uses the name for her daughter Penelope, and singer Nelly Furtado has given it celebrity status.

Mavis: Derived from an Old French word for songbird, Mavis is often mistaken for the long form of Maeve. Typically a name for girls, it has seen a 250per cent rise in the past year.

Thor: Heartthrob Avengers star Chris Helmsworth is undoubtedly the reason behind the increase in popularity of this masculine name. Derived from a Norse god from mythology, the name means thunder. Fondness for Thor has grown 200per cent since the beginning 2012.

Severine: Severine is a French name whose 200per cent rise in popularity is probably thanks to the latest Bond girl in Skyfall. It means severe or stern.

Bruce: This was a top 50 name for boys in the Fifties, and it has seen a comeback this year - up 200per cent from 2012. Nameberry speculates its status as the real name of both The Hulk and Batman has led to its revival.

Wilder: Up 200per cent in the charts since last year, wilder evokes craziness, and is a hot new name for baby boys.

Phaedra: An ancient mythological name, Nameberry credits its recent upsurge in usage to Real Housewife of Atlanta Phaedra Parks.

Mingus: The surname of jazz musician Charles Mingus, this unique name was chosen by actress Helena Christensen for her son, now 13. Mingus is up more than 150per cent in popularity ratings this year.

Linnea: This Swedish name means twinflower, and is a modern twist on popular floral names like Rose, Lily and Poppy. The website notes that it may be pronounced two ways - lin-NAY-ah or lin-NEE-ah.

Finnegan: Originally an Irish surname meaning 'fair', this name evokes James Joyce's famous novel Finnegan's Wake. Up 125per cent since last year, it is being chosen as a longer form of the popular name Finn.

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