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Wolf Files: Baby Name Games

ABC News

22 February 2006

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Warrior Princesses, Worrier Moms:

Girls can be superheroes, too. In 1996 and 1997, when Lucy Lawless was TV's reigning action star, 567 girls were named after Xena, making it the 200th most popular name for girls during those years.

Xena's six-year run ended in 2001. The name disappeared from birth certificates, just as it disappeared from the TV guide. Still, there are a bunch of second- and third-grade warrior princesses out there, with mothers who have some explaining to do.

"It definitely fits her personality," Jody Humphrey told the News Journal in Mansfield, Ohio, in January, speaking of her 7-year-old daughter.

"She is full of energy and spunk just [like] her television namesake."

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