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Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
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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Baby Name Stories, In Name Only, Must Read
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
British baby name lists always have some cool trends to consider as you’re picking your baby’s moniker. When we last checked into the tops of the British charts, they had some pretty cool trends going on:
• Nicknames make great official names. Names like Charlie, Alfie, Millie and Evie are red hot—more popular, even than the formal names like Charles and Millicent.
• The third time’s the charm. Brits get more than two chances to get the name right—giving a child two middle names is common.
• Old-fashioned names look new. Old-school classics like Arthur and Florence are red-hot in the UK right now.
• Character names are in vogue. British institutions like Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and Doctor Who have influenced the charts—the top name for boys is Harry (also the name of the young prince), and Amelia, the name of a recent companion on Doctor Who.
• Pick a pretty floral name. Poppy, Daisy and Jasmine were all in the top 50.
• The “Es” have it. The top 10 boys’ names in the UK include Harry, Charlie, Alfie and Riley.
What do you think of the British baby name trends? Which ones would you consider for your son or daughter? If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, don’t forget to check out our Baby Name Finder. And I’d love to help you with your latest baby name dilemma—just send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy baby name hunting!
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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Three actors welcomed brand new babies this week—Jason Biggs (from American Pie and Orange is the New Black) and wife, writer Jenny Mollen; Frozen star Josh Gad and wife Ida Darvish; and actress Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and director hubby Mark Webber. And the names run the gamut from the uberpopular to the so-old-it’s-maybe-ready-for-a-comeback.
Jason Biggs’ new son gets the moniker Sid. It has a lot of pop culture cred—it’s the name of infamous lead singer of the Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious, of legendary comedian Sid Caesar, who passed away a few days before this Sid was born (perhaps the inspiration for the name). For parents, it’s probably most well known for the Science Kid on PBS and the bully-ish next door neighbor from Toy Story. Sid is usually short for Sidney, which itself is a contraction for St. Denis. It’s an old-school name, more popular at the turn of the 20th century, and falling out of favor thanks to the uberpopularity of the girls’ soundalike, Sydney.
Frozen star Josh Gad went totally classic with his daughter’s name—Isabella Eve. Isabella has been in the top 10 for more than a decade—in part thanks to the character Bella Swan from Twilight. But it’s a real classic, an international variation on the timeless Elizabeth, and it’ll still sound great decades from now. The middle name is Eve, which means “life.” It’s currently on a bit of an uptick and in the top 600 names in the U.S., but it’s a nice variation on the all-too-common Avas and Evas.
And actress Teresa Palmer has a brand new boy with a name that feels a little more like the typically offbeat celebrity baby names—Bodhi Rain. Bodhi is a Sanskrit word that means enlightenment, and is currently just inside the top 1000 baby names in the U.S. With Olympic skier Bode Miller in the news lately, we might expect an uptick in this soundalike as well. Rain is one of the nature names that has taken off of late—and it makes a nice middle name.
Which of these celebrity baby names fits your baby naming style? Do any of these names make your short list?
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Celebrity Baby Names, Must Read
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
How I Met Your Mother is finally wrapping after 9 years of the exploits of Ted, Barney, Robin, Lily and Marshall—all in the pursuit of Ted’s legen-(wait for it)-DARY true love. And we’ve finally met her—but we still don’t even know her name. In fact, the name is apparently being kept as some sort of state secret—even the actress who plays her, Cristin Milioti, still doesn’t know what her character’s name is. (Or she’s a pretty good liar.)
So what kind of name is worth this kind of wait? Odds are, her name isn’t shared by one of Ted’s cavalcade of exes. So that rules out: Robin, Karen, Victoria, Stella, Zoey, Jeanette, Cathy, Stacey, Natalie, Becky, Naomi, Carly, Mary, Vicky, Holli, Amanda, Jen, Amy, Cindy, Natali, Cassie, Trudy, or Rachel. And I don’t think it’s Lily, either.
I’m going to throw a few names out there. According to the How I Met Your Mother wiki, the Mother was born in 1984, the year when Jessica was poised to start dominating the girls’ names chart for the rest of the decade. Jessica would be a very fair assumption. But I’m thinking that they might go with something a little less “80s”—so no Tiffany or Amber, either. They’d want something timeless and classic. Something that sounds right with Ted.
Here are my guesses:
Lauren (#21 back in 1984)
What do you think the Mother’s name is? Share your guesses in the comments.
And if you’re looking for a fabulous name for your baby (or for the Mother or the character in your Great American Novel), check out our Baby Name Finder for great suggestions.
Image: Courtesy of CBS/How I Met Your Mother
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Baby Name News, Baby Name Stories, Must Read
Sunday, February 9th, 2014
There are some old-fashioned names that may never make a comeback—we’re looking at you, Gertrude and Ethel. But I think Harriet is ready to come back into vogue, nearly 40 years after it left the top 1000.
It’s a beautiful name that means ruler, a British version of the French Henriette. But it’s its pedigree that could make it a pretty wonderful choice. Two of its most famous bearers are Harriet Tubman, a former slave who ran the Underground Railroad and helped dozens of slaves escape to freedom, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, noted abolitionist and author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which documented some of the horrors of slavery. And of course, there’s Harriet the Spy, if you’re into kids lit.
Harriet comes with some cute nicknames—Hattie and Hetty—and yes, even Harry, if you’re feeling daring. And I think it pairs beautifully with middle names like Maeve, Juniper, Pearl and Ruby.
What do you think of the name Harriet? Is it a name you’d like to see make a comeback?
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