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Give your baby a heroic namesake

Stories of heroes aren’t limited to the pages of history. In our recent past, modern heroes have shaped our world and our freedom. Find a baby name inspired by modern heroes who have earned the honor.
Modern hero baby names

As you choose the perfect baby name, consider modern heroes who will inspire the next generation. Though you likely don’t have a personal relationship with these modern heroes, you can still honor them with a baby name.

Giving your baby the name of a modern-day hero will give your child a special connection to great moments in our recent history. Heroes come in all forms. Although the men and women who have fought for our nation certainly come to mind first when considering modern heroes, also consider civilians who have changed lives and influenced the world we live in.

Baby names inspired by today's modern heroes

These individuals have stood out as amazing men and women who have made a difference in the lives of others. These four men and four women have recently been recognized for heroic contributions to society.

  • Dawn — Dawn Hochsprung was principal of Sandy Hook Elementary and lost her life in the school shooting. She is credited as being a heroic leader to her staff and students.
  • Estella — Estella Pyfrom created a mobile computer lab to help low-income children receive access to tutoring.
  • Malala — After being shot by members of the Taliban, teenager Malala Yousafzai now advocates for women’s rights and rights to education.
  • Wendy — Senator Wendy Davis famously filibustered in Texas for women’s rights and is now running for governor.

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  • Carlos — Carlos Arredondo is a peace activist who famously assisted Boston bombing victims in the direct aftermath of the explosion.
  • Dale — Through the Purple Heart Homes foundation, Dale Beatty assists U.S. veterans in building and repairing homes.
  • Kevin — Sgt. Kevin Briggs of the California Highway Patrol is credited with saving the lives of hundreds of would-be jumpers on the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Ty — Staff Sgt. Ty Carter was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on the battlefield in Afghanistan.

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More modern heroes

The men and women who have stood out as modern heroes in recent history aren’t limited to the list above. As you search, narrow down your passions to certain events. The names of first responders, for example, may inspire you — especially if your family has connections to law enforcement or service agencies. Consider local veterans and individuals who have made an impact on your local community. No hero is too big or too small to serve as a namesake and a beacon for the next generation.

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