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Emmy-Winning Baby Names

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 /

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Celebrity Baby Names: Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy’s Son

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Claire Danes and Hugh DancyClaire Danes (star of Showtime’s Homeland) and hubby Hugh Dancy (who stars in the upcoming series Hannibal) kept their son’s name calm, cool and totally classic. The first-time parents gave their son three names, Cyrus Michael Christopher, none of which would be out of place in a not-so-A-list classroom.

Cyrus follow the hot trend of Romanesque “us” names, such as Atticus (used by Casey Affleck and Daniel Baldwin) and Magnus (chosen just last month by both Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks and singer Jennifer Nettles). It’s actually a Persian name, though, and means “throne”—perfect for Hollywood royalty. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), it’s also now connected with Miley Cyrus and her dad, “Achy-Breaky Heart” singer Billy Ray Cyrus.

Michael has topped the charts for over 50 years—which is why it seems like every other dad you know sports the name. It’s the name of one of God’s archangels, and has been the moniker of a number of celebrities, from basketball legend Michael Jordan to actor Michael J. Fox to the late “King of Pop” Michael Jackson. I’m liking it in that second name spot—so if little Cy decides he’s too conservative for that slightly more offbeat first name, he can stick with Mike.

Christopher is only slightly less popular than Michael. It’s currently #21 of the top names in the U.S. for boys, and means “bearer of Christ.”

While the whole name doesn’t seem to roll off the tongue as easily, Cyrus Dancy is a great name—lots of soft “s” sounds punctuated with that nice d in the middle.

What do you think of Claire and Hugh’s choice? Is Cyrus too out there for you, or could you see using it?

And don’t forget to share your baby name dilemmas with me at!

Photo: Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes Jaguar PS /

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