Horrors! It’s almost Halloween, which, in addition to everything else, gives us the opportunity to consider some scary names. This year, instead of looking at the usual monstrous character suspects—the ghosts and witches and evil spirits—we’re going to consider the real-life people who created and embodied the monsters, both on paper and on screen. And of course, it’s their distinctive names that get them in our own squeaky door.
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was a respected and versatile 19th century author, critic and journalist who wrote dozens of ghost and horror stories, gathered together in an anthology called Can Such Things Be? The all-but-forgotten name Ambrose has a pleasant rosy, ambrosial feel. Popular in Bierce’s time, it’s still well liked on Nameberry, ranking at Number 267.
There was a time when you could spot a country music guy or gal name a mile away. Tex
. Things have changed, with contemporary country names now as citified as Taylor
. So, this being Country Music
Month, we’re taking a look at both sides of the coin–the time-honored names in the Country Music Hall
of Fame and the more nouveau, to come up with our Nameberry Picks of the Best Country Music
Names. (Incidentally, in addition to individual artists, there are some great band names, like Alabama
and Sawyer Brown
, as well as nicknames like Juice and surnames like Cash
We all know that it’s twice as hard to name twins, especially if you’re trying to avoid the old matchy-matchy trap. We also know that celebrities, for better or worse, have a tremendous influence on baby names. So, putting the two together, we take a look at some of the prominent celebs who’ve produced multiples, and see how we think they’ve handled the challenge.
A bundle of joy. A gift from above. These terms have been used ad infinitum to describe a newborn babe. So why not honor that concept by choosing a name that actually has the meaning of ‘gift’? There are a lot of them—many of them signifying ‘gift from God’—and here are a dozen of the best. And note that, since dora or doros means ‘gift’ in Greek, this encompasses a whole range of great names, from Theodore