Anyone else experiencing spring fever? Now that the mountains of snow in my neighborhood are (finally!) starting to melt, I’m ready to bring on the warmer weather, the tulips and daffodils, and the fresh air.
And Aviva’s a name that perfectly encapsulates that spring fever feeling. It’s a Hebrew name that means fresh and springlike. I’m loving it as a very fresh alternative to some of the uberpopular v-filled names like Ava, Eva, Evie and Vivienne. It’s unlikely to be mispronounced (unless John Travolta’s doing the pronouncing), and is different enough that it won’t be confused with the related names. Plus, Aviva sounds a little more spunky than the short-and-sweet Avas and Evas.
For the perfect springtime name, pair Aviva with another nature name: I like the idea of pairing it with Rose, Wren, Lily or Dove.
What do you think of the name Aviva? Would you consider it for your daughter?
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It’s a girl for Parents contributor (and Pregnant in Heels star) Rosie Pope! Joining siblings Vivienne, Wells and James is daughter Bridget Monroe.
Bridget is a top 500 name here in the U.S., and it means strength. She’s the patron saint of Ireland, and most famously, the klutzy cool heroine of the Bridget Jones Diaries. It comes with cute nicknames like Bridie and Bree—and I love it in its own right. It’s a sprightly, cheerful name.
Monroe started out as a place name and surname—and thanks to Marilyn Monroe and Mariah Carey, who chose it for her her daughter, it’s become a cool name choice for girls. And considering Vivienne’s middle name is another Presidential surname (Madison), it’s kind of a fun set—Madison and Monroe, the fourth and fifth Presidents of the U.S.
What do you think of Rosie’s name pick? Would Bridget or Monroe suit your baby naming style?
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Actress Thandie Newton and her husband Ol Parker welcomed their third child, a son, on Monday. Joining big sisters Nico and Ripley is Booker Jombe.
Booker means “scribe,” and the most famous bearer of the name is Booker T. Washington, a late 19th-century African-American leader and educator, and author of Up From Slavery. Booker fell out of the top 1000 back in the 1960s, but could make a comeback with all of the other occupational names, like Mason, Carter and Hunter.
Jombe is the name of several towns in African countries like Angola and Nigeria, and a surname from there. It’s also the name of a type of deep purple chrysanthemum.
I think it’s the perfect name for this family filled with unique names—you wouldn’t expect a couple named Thandie and Ol to go with John or Liam for their son!
What do you think of Thandie and Ol’s pick? Is Booker ready for a comeback?
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If you kept your kids up way past their bedtimes to watch the incomparable Idina Menzel belt out the Frozen showstopper (and Oscar winner) ”Let It Go,” you might be a little confused about what her name really is. (John Travolta, what were you doing?) But her first name isn’t Adele or Dell or Aziz or whatever the heck he mumbled—it’s Idina. (For the record, it’s pronounced uh-DEE-nah.) Don’t worry that Travolta’s slip-up means this name is doomed to constant butchering. Odds are, Ms. Menzel (who I’m just one degree of separation from, thanks to a very good friend who performed in high school shows with her) is about to put the name on the map.
And Idina actually has a connection to the map—it’s a variant of Edina, which means “from Edinburgh.” It’s a name that hasn’t been in the top 1000—yet—but it’s a big climber over at Nameberry, and I’m guessing it’ll break the top 1000 very soon.
Idina Menzel’s parents paired it with Kim, but I’d look for a more poetic name to go with it—I’d love it with True, Rose, Ever, and Evangeline.
What do you think of the name of Idina? Is it ready for the limelight?
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Break out the champagne and the fancy hors d’oeuvres—today’s my version of the Superbowl, the Oscars. While the number of nominated films I get to see (at least in the non-animated categories) has fallen exponentially since I had kids, I’m always excited to check out the fashions and start crafting my own imaginary acceptance speech.
But while I love Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lawrence and all the other nominees, watching the Oscars always makes me nostalgic for my old-school favorite movies, often starring legendary actors who never even scored an Oscar. (Cary Grant only scored an honorary Oscar for all of his years starring in amazing films like His Girl Friday and Philadelphia Story; Marilyn Monroe never scored one either, despite hilarious turns in Some Like It Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.)
If you’re a big movie buff, there are plenty of wonderful names to consider among past (and current) honorees—here are some of my favorites.
You can’t go wrong with Meryl Streep, nominated yet again this year for her role in August: Osage County. She’s scored the most total nominations, with 18—and three wins among them. Her name is a variant of Muriel, which means “of the sea.”
Bette Davis was the first woman to receive 10 nominations—and had five consecutive, along with fellow actress Greer Garson. Bette is a variant of Elizabeth, which means consecrated to God.
Walt Disney won the most Oscars, with 22 victories. His name is short for Walter, a German name that means ruler, and is currently on an upsurge.
The legendary costume designer Edith Head is known as the most-honored woman in Oscar history, with 7 wins, including two for Roman Holiday and Sabrina, where she outfitted the equally legendary Audrey Hepburn. Edith means prosperous in war, and is currently on a bit of an uptick and in the top 800 names.
Katharine Hepburn is the winningest actress with four acting awards—and an inspiration for my daughter’s name. Katharine means pure. Her true love, Spencer Tracy, was among the first to win twice consecutively. His name, Spencer, means steward, and is currently in the top 250 names for boys.
And last but not least, Marlon Brando was a legendary actor who scored the most consecutive nominations with four in a row. His name’s origin is a bit of a mystery, but the name is currently in the top 700 in the U.S. Some more adventurous namers have chosen Brando instead to honor the Oscar winner.
What’s your favorite Oscar-related name? Share it in the comments! (And see what other Oscar-related name I picked for the Cool Name of the Week.)
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Image: Oscar award by Joe Seer
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