Greek name ‘Giannis’ is all the rage in the United States thanks to Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The 24-year-old Milwaukee Bucks forward, dubbed ‘the Greek Freak’, has gone on to become an NBA star and as a result a household name. In fact Giannis is doing so well that he is the current favourite to win this year’s NBA MVP award.

So it’s not surprising that everybody wants a piece of Giannis, some even going so far as to name their baby boy after him.

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According to data released by the US Social Security Administration last month, the name ‘Giannis’ increased in popularity by 135 per cent in 2018 – 662 per cent higher than 2016 – a significant leap given in 2015 fewer than five babies in the US were named Giannis.

The Athens-born basketballer first signed with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013.