Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rank and Title Names

Insignia of General of the Army (1944-1981) via Wikipedia

Some parents want to give their child a name with strength and authority. Or maybe they have a relative that they would love to honor, but his/her given name is not to their liking, so they honor the relative's job or status. Whatever the reason, parents have chosen to name their child a name with certain prestige and punch when they choose to go with a rank or title name.  

The following were names given in 2011 in the United States. (All of these were given to boys, with the few pink exceptions.)

Military Ranks:
Captain (19)
Chief (8)
General (15)
Major (196)
Trooper (14)

Religious Leaders:
Bishop (162)
Caliph (8)
Chancellor (14)
Deacon (354)
Messiah (53, 368)
Priest (15)

Royal or Government Leaders:
Agent (5)
Baron (130)
Duke (146)
Earl (114)
Governor (5)
Judge (17)
Justice (544, 502)
King (722)
Knight (36)
Marquis (331)
Master (8)
Prince (544)
Princess (301)
Queen (50)
Sheriff (6)

Description of the monarch:
Majesty (26, 21)
Noble (91)
Royal (34, 147)
Royalty (27, 11)

Others:
Admiral
Chaplain
Colonel
Commissioner
Corporal
Count
Detective
Inspector
Lieutenant
Lord
Mayor
Senator
Viceroy

Do you see any issue in using these names? You Can't Call It "It"! has a great post and discussion in the comments about New Zealand banning certain names, including Baron, Bishop and Duke because of the confusion they may cause.

Which, if any, of these rank and title names would you use?

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