Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
If you follow this blog, you know that I’m just a wee bit of a pop culture junkie. And my current addiction is Game of Thrones—my husband I plowed through the first two seasons of the show in a week and a half, and now we’re settling in and psyched for season 3.
If you haven’t watched it, it’s a bit Tolkein-esque, with generous portions of political intrigue and nudity thrown into the mix. Game of Thrones offers some pretty cool name inspiration—author George R.R. Martin chose names that are tweaks on classic names. They’re just right for people who don’t want to stray too far from the classics, but still want something unique for their kiddos. Here are the names I love from the show:
Tyrion Actor Peter Dinklage has won numerous awards for his portrayal of the “imp” brother of the devilish siblings Cersei and Jaime—and even watching a few minutes of him at work as the Machiavellian-level scehemer, it’s clear why he’s won the accolades. His name is a variant of Tyrone, which is a place name from an Irish county, and currently falling out of favor in the U.S. Perhaps this variation can take its place?
Sansa The eldest Stark daughter bears this name, a Sanskrit word which means charm. It’s a perfect choice for a young lady known for her beauty and elegance.
Arya Arya is one of my favorite character on the show, a spritely girl who is determined to grow up to be strong and fight, rather than sit with her embroidery. Her name is Sanskrit like her sister’s and means noble. It’s currently #711 in popularity for girls, with the operatic alternative Aria ranking even higher, at 157.
Theon This Greek name is borne by the Starks’ longtime hostage, who went back to his seafaring clan and took on the Starks in the wars last season. It’s a name that means godly.
Eddard The noble Ned Stark, the late lord of Winterfell, bore this name, an alternate spelling of Edward, a top 200 name that means wealthy guardian.
Joffrey The enfant terrible ruler of the land sports a variant spelling of Geoffrey, which means pledge of peace, hardly an appropriate name for him (but maybe one for your child).
Bran This nickname for Brandon is the name of the Starks’ young son. It means broom-covered hill, and is #47 on the most popular names list.
Stannis This shorthand version of Stanislav is a Slavic name that means glorious government. It’s the name for one of the aspirants to the throne–Stannis Baratheon, older brother of the former king.
Renly The youngest brother of the late King Robert also made a bid for the throne. This utilizes a popular Japanese name, Ren, which means raven.
Shae This unique spelling of the Irish name Shea means gift. On the show, it’s the name of the prostitute who becomes the lover of Tyrion—and is probably one of the kindest characters in the land.
Brienne This bold warrior girl has a name that’s a variant on Brian, an Irish name that means valiant—a perfect choice, don’t you think? Since Brianna is now #45 on the U.S. charts, perhaps this alternative is one to consider.
Myrcella The eldest daughter of the late King Robert was given is unique spelling of Marcella, a Latin word that means warlike.
Ygritte The gorgeous and fierce Wilding who falls in love with Jon Snow sports a Norse-inspired name, a variant spelling of Ingrid that means hero’s daughter.
What do you think of these names? Would you consider any of these, or perhaps one of the more out-there names, like Daenerys, the current leader of the Dothraki tribe?
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Friday, March 8th, 2013
I wasn’t expecting Holly Madison to pick a baby name like Charlotte or Elizabeth for her daughter – you knew she was going to lean more toward the Moxie Crimefighter or Apple end of the celebrity baby-naming spectrum. And in fact, she chose a name that’s pretty close to spectrum – Rainbow. As in, Rainbow Brite. Or, apparently like someone she went to school with years ago – People.com is reporting that a former classmate is the inspiration for Holly’s baby name. That, and the fact that Holly wanted to pick a truly unique name. And that she has. She has also, according to our naming expert compadres at Nameberry, chosen the “the dippiest of hippie names” for her child.
The middle name she chose with it, Aurora, means dawn. it’s a Latin name, and it’s currently residing in the top 200 names in the country. It’s a nice, classic name – perfect for if her daughter is a little bit more conservative and buttoned up than Holly herself.
While the name she picked doesn’t suit my taste, put together, Rainbow Aurora does have a lovely, nature-y vibe. I probably would have swapped the names, and led with Aurora (but that’s probably my conservative baby-naming side coming out).
What do you think of Holly Madison’s new daughter’s name? Is Rainbow destined to go down as a goofy celebrity baby name, or do you think it’s a trend that could catch on?
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Monday, February 11th, 2013
Congrats to Adele, who picked up yet another Grammy yesterday—that makes nine total for her now—for her song “Set Fire to the Rain.” She’s going to be rocking the Oscars with her Bond theme “Skyfall,” and she’s adoring life as a new mom (to a son apparently named Angelo).
I’m thinking she’s going to make her name just as golden as well. Since Adele’s meteoric rise to the top of the charts, her name has become red-hot as well—it rose nearly 300 places between 2010 and 2011, and my guess is that we’ll find it hovering near the top 300 when the next top U.S. names chart hits in early May. So it’s a perfect pick for my cool name of the week.
You might think Adele’s related to Adeline, but it’s actually based on the name Adelaide, and means “noble.” (Not a bad trait for your future daughter.) And though it’s short enough to be nickname-resistant, if you do like the Addy or Ellie nicknames, it’s a fabulous way to reach it.
Adele opted to become a one-name wonder, like Madonna, Prince and Rihanna, but she actually has two middle names: Laurie and Blue. (Her mother was obviously way ahead of her time!) Of her two middle names, I would have skipped the tamer Laurie and picked beautiful Blue for her middle name.
If you aren’t keen on following too closely in the “Rolling in the Deep” singer’s footsteps, Adele’s the kind of name that can suit a variety of middle names. I like the floral names for a middle name pairing with this classic moniker: Violet, Rose, or Dahlia would all make beautiful choices with Adele. If you like some of the more classic middle names, Jane or Caroline would have a nice flow coming after Adele.
Is Adele on your short list? And do you know any baby Adeles who were born recently? Don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest baby naming news.
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