Sunday, January 26th, 2014
Anyone else watching HBO’s newest series, True Detective? It’s not for the faint of heart—it’s a dark story about two cops chasing a pretty wicked serial killer. But the acting, by stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, is pretty darned incredible. And I’m kind of intrigued by Matthew’s character, a cop with a dark past, named Rust Cohle. Rust is dealing with a failed marriage, the death of his daughter—and clearly, as the story is told in flashbacks, something about this case really damaged him for life. He plays both flashback and current-time Rust amazingly well.
Rust feels like a name that should intrigue people looking for something offbeat, but not too out there—along the lines of names like Jet, Ace and the like. It’s actually considered a variant or nickname of the classic name Russell, and it means red-haired. It could be a cool first name—or I like it even better in the middle. It’d be great with Harrison, Elijah, or Benedict—you can place it whichever way suits you. Or you can choose Russell, and use this as a more avant garde nickname for it.
What do you think of the name Rust? Is it worthy of your consideration, or a little too out there?
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Sunday, December 30th, 2012
“Livingstone, I presume.” That’s the joke the son of Matthew McConaughey and his wife, Camila, will hear about a hundred billion times throughout his life, as he received a triple surname name: Livingston Alves McConaughey.
Livingston is an English surname that means “dear friend’s place.” It needs a good nickname, being so long. I’m voting for Ving (as in actor Ving Rhames), but could also see Liv used as its nickname. I’m sure that the once-lost and famous 19th-century explorer, Dr. David Livingstone (the inspiration for the famous “Livingstone, I presume” quote) would approve of this adventurous first name. The middle name is his mother’s maiden name, Alves—giving him a connection to his model mom’s past.
Livingston’s name fits in well (perhaps a bit too well) with his siblings. There’s big brother Levi Alves (Levi could be a nickname for Livingston as well), and big sister Vida Alves. With all those Vs and Ls in their crew, my guess is that Levi and Livingston are going to often be called by their siblings’ names. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
What do you think of Matthew and Camila’s baby naming prowess? Would you pick any of their names for your child?
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