Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
It’s almost time to say goodbye to Bon Temps, Louisiana, and the various vamps, werewolves, fairies, witches and shape shifters that call it home. So let’s take a look back at some of the characters (and names) that made that town more than a little bit wild.
Many of True Blood‘s characters sport names that are pretty standard—there’s Eric, Pam, Sam, Jason, Bill and Jessica amongst the main characters. And some of the names even border on fuddy-duddy. (We’re looking at you, Arlene!)
But still, there’ve been plenty of creative name choices that many folks might consider, amongst the more standard fare. Here, some of the coolest, more offbeat choices from
Willa is the youngest vampire in town, and sports a newly trendy feminization of William.
Sookie is the heroine, a half-fairy/half-human lady who’s been at the center of practically every love triangle/quadrangle/hexagon on the show. Her name is allegedly a nickname of Susan, and means lily. Despite the popularity of the books and the show, it hasn’t seen a rise in popularity: Last year, only nine girls were given the name.
Thornton, Sookie’s BFF Tara’s surname, makes a cool, if offbeat, surname name. (“Our Town” playwright Thornton Wilder is another claim to fame.)
Luna was Sam’s shapeshifting love, and her name has been red hot of late, thanks to Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter’s offbeat pal. (It shot up nearly 200 spots in the year the Order of the Phoenix came out.) It means moon.
Nora was Eric Northman’s sister, and lost her battle to the evil Hep V virus that’s been a real plague through the last season. Nora is a shortened form of the Irish Honora, an equally lovely name.
We’ve learned a lot more about Ginger, the seemingly ditzy waitress at the vamp bar Fangtasia, over the past few weeks. Apparently, before she hooked up with Eric and Pam, she was a smart college student working on a complex thesis about vampires. I think she was probably glamored one too many times, which led to her more ditzy (but still loyal) demeanor of today. Ginger is considered short for Virginia, along with a spicy name—and it’s also associated with the dancing great Ginger Rogers.
Salome, the gorgeous vampire on True Blood, wasn’t just based on the Biblical character—she was the character from the Bible, who was allegedly involved in the death of John the Baptist. But her name has a more zen meaning: peace.
Adele Stackhouse was Sookie’s grandmother and guardian, who met an untimely death at the hands of a vampire hater named Rene. Adele means “noble,” and it’s a top 700 name currently.
We’ve also covered True Blood‘s favorite names in the past, so check out our previous roundup.
If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and your dilemma could appear in a future issue of American Baby magazine. Or go ahead and give our Baby Name Finder a try. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.
Image: Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin by Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
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Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
Just in time for the True Blood season premiere this weekend, the show’s stars, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, finally spilled the beans on the names of their adorable boy-girl twins. (I was worried they’d be sent off to college before we found out what they’re called!) And the names are: Poppy and Charlie—two names I just happen to adore.
Poppy is obviously a floral name, a bright, cheerful bloom with a name that’s just as joyful. Unlike fellow floral names Lily and Violet, Poppy still hasn’t cracked the top 1000, but it’s been a relatively popular name with the celebrity set. (Anthony Edwards, Jamie Oliver and Jessica Capshaw all picked the name for their daughters.) It fits beautifully with the name Stephen chose for his daughter from a previous relationship—Lilac.
And Charlie’s name goes hand-in-hand with the name of Stephen’s older son—Billy. It has the same casual take on a traditional name that we all know and love. No word on whether they went for the official Charles (which currently ranks #62 in baby names in the U.S.), or straight for the nickname (Charlie ranks #233 for boys). Either way, the name means “free man.”
We don’t have their middle names, but I’d probably pair Poppy with something longer—like Caroline, Clementine or Josephine. I like Charlie with something short and sweet, like James, Brooks or Bennett.
What do you think of Poppy and Charlie as a twin set? What middle names would you pick for them? And if you’re as stoked as I am for the season premiere of True Blood this weekend, check out my list of True Blood names that might just be perfect for you.
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Thursday, December 13th, 2012
It’s that time of year again, when every media outlet summarizes the big stories of the year. (Sometimes, I think I might just skip watching CNN and reading the newspaper and just catch up on everything I missed, splashed in stylish slideshows, when the year ends.)
So here’s my year in review, of everything baby name related:
• Stars are keeping their baby names secret—and that reticence seems to spur even bigger hoopla over their babies. It took months for Sarah Michelle Gellar and Uma Thurman to finally reveal their babies’ names. And we still don’t know what Adele or Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin picked for their babies.
• We’re totally obsessed with what Wills and Kate will name their baby (or is it babies???). My blog post speculating on potential royal baby names was already one of the most popular ones this year. I’m looking forward to finding out if my guesses were anywhere near correct.
• We’re asking for help with our baby names. Yahoo! CEO Marisa Mayer famously crowdsourced her son’s name (MacAllister), but other people are turning toward naming experts or simply posting their options on websites like ours looking for opinions. (And hey, if you do want some free advice, feel free to send your dilemma our way at email@example.com.)
• Stars are still choosing offbeat baby names. I’ve chosen my 10 most intriguing celebrity baby names, but there was no scarcity of interesting choices that didn’t make the cut. Like Jason Lee’s Sonny, or Sienna Miller’s Marlowe Ottoline. Of course, celebrities don’t have the monopoly on weird baby names—just consider poor Hashtag Jameson.
• We’ve already rounded up our top Parents.com baby names. And some of the top names on our site might surprise you (Bradley for a boy—Cadence for a girl, for instance?)
• I made my predictions of some of the hottest baby names for 2013. If you’re picking Olive or Declan and thinking your kiddo will be the only one sporting that name in preschool, think again.
What do you think was the most interesting baby name story of the year? Share it in the comments below. (And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook, so you can keep up with the coolest names of the week, the latest in celebrity baby name news, and all things baby names!)
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