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Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
It’s time for the networks to start trotting out their latest attempts to strike ratings gold—but while the shows themselves may not make a big impression, perhaps some of the character names will. What do you think of these baby names?
Jemma Joss Whedon loves smart women—so it’s no wonder he made his biochemist on Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a woman. Jemma Simmons sports a nice alternative to the overused Emma—it means precious stone.
Cyrus A handsome genie who happens to be Alice in Wonderland’s unrequited love gets the name Cyrus, a Persian name that means “throne.” It’s currently on a bit of an uptick, so maybe its inclusion on the new show Once Upon a Time in Wonderland will help move it into “hot name” territory?
Duncan This Scottish name means “dark warrior,” apropos for the FBI agent who appears to have turned to the dark side in Hostages, played by Dylan McDermott. It’s currently on a bit of a decline, but makes a nice alternative to the popular Declan or Dylan.
Virginia I’m psyched to catch the series Masters of Sex, which goes inside the groundbreaking studies Masters and Johnson did into human sexuality. (You can thank them for keeping fewer of us in the dark about what goes on in the dark!) Virginia Johnson, the female partner in the research proved invaluable in getting people to take part in what could be a very awkward study. I’m thinking that her name, which means virginal and pure, is kind of ironic.
Ichabod There’s a fresh twist afoot on Sleepy Hollow, where Ichabod Crane is brought back in the 21st century to help keep evil—and the Headless Horseman—at bay. (And transforming Ichabod into a hunky British guy doesn’t hurt either!) It’s an old Hebrew name that means fading glory. I’m not sure it can totally overcome the obvious “Icky” nickname, but if it does, it could be among the clunky-but-cool names that are making a comeback.
Katrina Ichabod’s true love and wife (and a witch, to boot) sports this name, a German twist on Katherine that means “pure.”
Francis Could this be a new red-hot name, thanks to the new Pope and the new royal love triangle in Reign, the latest attempt to make history hot? Francis is one contender for the hand of Mary, Queen of Scots, and sports a name that means “free man.”
Freya There’s witches all over TV this year—between Sleepy Hollow, the American Horror Story reboot, and Witches of East End, which features a witch with the name Freya, a Norse name that means noble woman.
What do you think of these names? Anything on here stand out as an absolute do—or an absolute don’t?
Image: Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, courtesy of ABC/Bob D’Amico
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Baby Name Stories, In Name Only, Must Read
Monday, September 23rd, 2013
I’ve written before about J.K. Rowling’s naming prowess. Her names from Harry Potter are legendary—Severus Snape, Remus Lupin and the like are perfect names that say something about the character before they even speak! And even in Casual Vacancy, her first “grownup” book, she had some good ones.
So I found it interesting that she picked a pretty bland name—Robert—for her pen name when she tried to publish her first mystery novel in secret. (It’s called The Cuckoo’s Calling, in case you want to take a look.) But now that the secret’s out, we can analyze her name selections, which once again befit the novel and the characters that populate it. There’s the alleged victim, Lula Landry, a supermodel with a bit of a bad-girl streak, and the trusty assistant Robin (perhaps a nod to Batman’s trusty sidekick?). I’m loving the name she saved for her detective hero best, though—that’s Cormoran Strike, a former military man who’s dealing with a struggling detective agency, a bad breakup with his on-again, off-again girlfriend, an amputated leg, and a high-profile case, all at the same time.
Cormoran is a very uncommon name—it’s popular in Cornish myth, though, as the name of the giant who created the rocky outpost, St. Michael’s Mount, just off of the coast of Cornwall. He was allegedly felled by the legendary Jack the Giant Killer, and the treasure the giant had stolen from the Cornish people was returned to them. It’s the perfect name for Rowling’s hero—a large, stocky man who has a bold and brusque way of dealing with the world.
Cormoran would be an excellent choice for someone looking for an alternative to some of the more popular Celtic/English names—like Connor, Liam, and Cameron. It lends itself to a short-and-sweet middle name pairing—Strike would be an offbeat (and striking) choice, but you could also consider True, Lee or Rex with it.
What do you think of the name Cormoran? Too offbeat, or a cool alternative to some pretty popular names?
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Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
Anyone else watching the Emmys tonight? I love this awards show, because I actually watch quite a few of the nominated shows, so I actually know a little bit about what’s going on. (Unlike the Oscars, where I usually don’t get to see anything that’s nominated, other than in the animated category!)
But today, I’m paying attention to the names—and there’s quite a few intriguing ones, among the winners (and the characters they play).
Here are my picks:
Claire Claire Danes won the drama best actress Emmy for her role as terrorist hunter Carrie Mathison on Homeland. Claire is a French name that means “bright,” and it’s currently on a huge upswing—now at #45 in the country.
Sheldon Jim Parsons has won the Emmy for the best comedy actor for four years now in his role as Sheldon Cooper on Big Bang Theory. But he hasn’t been able to keep the baby name from bottoming out near the top 1000 baby names. It’s an English name that means “valley”—could it be worth resurrecting as part of the old-fashioned baby name trend?
Selina Anyone else adore Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the hilariously out-of-touch Vice President Selina Meyer in Veep? It’s a variant spelling of Selena, a name with a cool meaning—moon goddess.
Merritt Merritt Wever may have given the shortest speech ever for her Emmy win as Zoey Barkow on Nurse Jackie. I’m loving her name, an English surname name that means “boundary gate.” It’s more commonly a boy’s name, so feel free to consider it for your son.
Skyler Anna Gunn won for her role as Skyler White, wife of meth kingpin Walter on Breaking Bad. Skyler may seem like it means “sky,” but it’s actually a variant spelling of the Dutch word “scholar.”
Arthur One of the creepiest parts of American Horror Story: Asylum was James Cromwell’s quease-inducing Nazi war criminal in hiding Dr. Arthur Arden, who was performing disturbing experiments on the mental patients at the asylum. But Arthur is still a pretty cool name—it has Celtic roots and means bear.
Did your favorite actors—or your favorite characters—inspire your baby name choices? Let us know!
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Image: Emmy Awards by Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com
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Celebrity Baby Names, In Name Only, Must Read
Monday, September 16th, 2013
Brooklyn, London, Madison, Jordan, Camden and Austin—the top baby names are all over the map, literally! But if you’re looking for an exotic place name that isn’t quite so high on the popularity list, consider taking your globe for a whirl and finding some name inspiration there.
Here are some of my favorite worldly names:
India I love this baby name—it’d be on my short name for a little girl, with its melodious sound, exotic flavor and its Gone With the Wind ties. It’s pretty darned popular in the UK, but still not-so-common here.
Everest George Lucas just picked the name of the tallest mountain in the world for his daughter, but I’d love to see this on a boy instead!
Hudson The famed New York river has spawned an up-and-coming name for boys.
Cairo Consider the Egyptian capital as an exotic name choice for a boy.
Aspen The Rocky Mountain getaway (named for the elegant tree) works beautifully as a boy’s name.
Eden The Biblical paradise could make a beautiful name for a little girl (I know of an adorable three-year-old bearing the name).
Montana Big Sky country gives us this beautiful name, the Spanish word for “mountain.”
Olympia The mountain that served as the home of the Greek gods and goddesses serves as a majestic name for a little girl. (Plus I love the nickname Pia for a girl.)
Athena The Greek capital—named for the goddess of wisdom—gives us this up-and-coming girls’ name, favored by Tina Fey.
Roman Add the “n” to the end of Italy’s legendary capital for a beautiful name choice for a boy.
Sahara The world’s largest desert gives us this soft and sweet girls’ name.
Rio The Spanish word for “river” is part of the name of Brazil’s famed city, Rio de Janeiro.
Indiana While the “ana” ending might scream girl, Indiana Jones helps bring the name over to the boys’ side.
Calais A fancy French locale makes a beautiful name for a girl.
So—what names did I miss? Share your favorite place name baby names with me in the comments!
Image: Baby with globe by pzAxe/Shutterstock.com
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Thursday, September 12th, 2013
It’s a bumper crop of boys in the celebrisphere this week, as two stars welcomed new sons—and gave them names that are hot with other celebrities. First, Jordana Brewster (you’ll know her from Dallas) and her husband Andrew Form had a son, who they named Julian. And then, actor Johnathon Scaech and wife Julie Solomon welcomed their son, named Camden Quinn.
Julian means youthful, and is a freshly popular name, currently #53 on the charts. Music legends John Lennon and Bob Marley each chose it for their sons, along with stars like Robert DeNiro, Jerry Seinfeld, Lisa Kudrow, and Robin Thicke.
Camden is slightly less popular—currently at #156—and means winding valley. It’s also the name of a city in New Jersey and a legendary baseball field in Baltimore. But given its current popularity with the celebrity set (I’m picturing lots of Camden C.s and Camden S.’s in kindergarten), I expect it to head much higher next year. Other celebs who picked Camden include Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari, and Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo.
Quinn is a cute unisex name that’s still okay for boys and girls, though Quinn from Glee has helped bring the name more firmly into girl territory. (It’s currently at #153 for girls, and #321 for boys.) It’s an Irish name that means leader.
What do you think of these “n” ending boys’ names. Do you see anything you’d consider?
Image: Jordana Brewster by Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
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