Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
Pop culture has become a bigger influence on baby names lately—as many people turn to TV shows and movies for their baby name inspiration. So what names might be worth emulating from some current TV favorites? Here are my picks:
Abigail (Sleepy Hollow) Sleepy Hollow cop Abigail has to contend with some pretty spooky occurrences (and a resurrected Ichabod Crane), but sports a classic name that’s back in vogue.
Annalise (How to Get Away With Murder) Annalise Keating, the brilliant, tough-as-nails law professor in Shonda Rimes’ latest drama, scores an old-school German name that means grace.
Arya (Game of Thrones) Arya Stark has been in hiding ever since her father, Ned Stark, was beheaded—but her name is on a hot streak, as one of the most popular names in the U.S.
Arizona (Grey’s Anatomy) The hospital’s resident pediatrician sports one of the less common—but still very cool—place names.
Blaine (Glee) Glee may no longer be red hot, but this Irish name, which means slender, is currently on an uptick.
Cameron (Modern Family) Everyone must love this vibrant member of the Dunphy clan—Cameron’s now a top 60 name in the U.S.
Clara (Doctor Who) The Doctor’s current companion wears a lovely name that means “bright,” and is currently surging in popularity.
Deacon (Nashville) This hunky character sports a church official’s title name that is currently on the up-and-coming list.
Eliza (Selfie) Yes, this new show based on the classic My Fair Lady is currently in danger of being cancelled, but Eliza, a shortened form of the classic Elizabeth, is a classic that never goes out of style.
Fiona (Shameless) The “mom” of the scrappy Gallagher clan is big sister Fiona, who sports this pretty Celtic name that means fair.
Kalinda (Good Wife) The Good Wife’s investigator sports this pretty Hindu name that means “sun.”
Michonne (Walking Dead) We’ve picked Michonne as a stellar name choice ever since her character was introduced on the Walking Dead—and there’s no reason not to consider this offbeat name for your daughter.
Sheldon (Big Bang Theory) This name, which means valley, seems like it could never be back in vogue, but perhaps the nerdy lead in Big Bang Theory could give it a little extra cool.
Temperance (Bones) This cool virtue name just made it back into the top 1000, probably through the influence of the show.
Theon (Game of Thrones) Theon’s been through some pretty rough stuff on Game of Thrones, and is currently going by the name Reek. But I think Theon could be a cool way to get that Theo nickname.
Tell us: What names are you loving from the current TV season? Are there any you’d add to this list?
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Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Could Game of Thrones be inspiring a lot of baby namers? I’ve posted about a few of the more wearable names in my Cool Name of the Week series (hello, Arya, Stark and Margaery), and did a whole post about some of the other Game of Thrones names that I thought might not be too out there for standard use—I love Brienne, Sansa and Tyrion, especially.
But apparently, baby namers have their own ideas—as Khaleesi, the royal title of the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, is an up-and-coming name—in fact, 146 girls were named that last year. The royal title was even more popular than regular standard-issue names like Brandy—and even more popular than the character’s actual name. (Only 21 people decided to name their daughters Daenerys last year.)
I guess this falls in with the trend for title baby names—Major was one of the hottest names for boys last year, and names like King, Prince and even Messiah have ranked pretty highly. And I guess Khaleesi could be kind of wearable—you could shorten it to the less exotic Ally or Lee or Callie if you’re feeling like Khaleesi doesn’t make sense for your daughter’s future career as an accountant. But still—Khaleesi was the last name I’d expect to be a big breakout from the show and the book.
What do you think? Is Khaleesi too weird for a baby name? Or is it wearable for a modern baby girl? Did you or someone you know pick a Game of Thrones name for your baby?
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Image: Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen, courtesy of HBO
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Sunday, April 6th, 2014
Game of Thrones is back with a vengeance—and so was Arya Stark, who decided to get back her weapon from the man who stole it from her. And she definitely took it the hard way.
Arya’s one of the cooler characters in Game of Thrones, a tomboyish girl who has been on the run ever since her father was beheaded. Though she’s been captured several times, she’s still fared far better than the rest of the Stark clan—at least so far. And her coolness probably helps explain why her name’s now on the radar. Thanks to George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, the basis for Game of Thrones, it’s currently nearing the top 400. It’s a Sanskrit name that means “noble.”
Arya needs an equally elegant middle name. I’d pair Arya with Gray, Jane, Claire or Maeve.
What do you think of Arya? Could it be on your short list for your daughter?
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