Category: Celebrity Names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
The nominations for Golden Globe awards have been announced and, although the list isn’t as long as the Oscars’, with all its technical categories, the GGs do expand the field to include outstanding performances in both movies and television. And this year’s multicultural filmscape features a particularly fascinating diversity of names, enough to please any name nerd.
So here are our nominations for the most interestingly named nominees:
By Sophie Kihm
For a lot of people, 2016 was a terrible year, so let’s look ahead to 2017. Many stars and starlets announced their pregnancies at the end of this year—which means a bonanza of starbabies to be born in 2017! High profile celebs like Jesse Eisenberg, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Payne and Bradley Cooper are all going to become parents for the first time in 2017. There are also quite a few future big sisters out there. Pink is giving her daughter Willow a younger sibling, Jane Kimmel will soon have a little brother or sister, and Gal Gadot’s daughter Alma won’t be an only child for long. I’m sure there will be some more exciting pregnancies announced before the end of the year, but I can already tell—we can expect some great birth announcements from 2017.
Some interesting starbaby choices in November: the Blac China–Rob Kardashian pick of Dream Renee for their little girl drew a lot of attention, Alison Pill called her daughter Wilder, and Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis named their son Dimitri Portwood, while Ellie Kemper went for the more traditional James Miller.
From world-record holders and world leaders to Fantastic Beasts and fantastic journalists, November was a quite month for names in the news. Let’s have a closer look at some of the top names that made the headlines – and their fantastic, world-spanning origins.
After bingeing on turkey this Thanksgiving, many binged on the revival of the Gilmore Girls. Fans were eager to catch up with the always-exciting goings-on of its title women, Rory and Lorelai. On the show, Rory is a nickname for the character’s given name, Lorelai, after her mom. In real life, Rory comes from a Gaelic name that means “red king,” perfect for the character’s fiery wit and strong-willed personality.
The Defining Event of 2016 may have been the presidential election, but the political names that hit the headlines –Donald? Hillary? Bernard?– are unlikely to find themselves on many new baby birth certificates. And so for Nameberry’s Names of the Year we’ve looked beyond politics to other bold-faced names that reflect current trends and are prime to inspire baby names of the future.