Yes, most of the 102 Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 and celebrated the first harvest feast in Plymouth were named John and William and Mary and Elizabeth, but there were some unique appellations on the passenger list as well. Here are some of the most interesting. By Linda Rosenkrantz
Child actresses represent the sea change in the baby name landscape, with its tremendous diversity. There are girls with boys’ names, unusual surname and nickname names, and names that are completely unique. And although we stuck here with girls under 14, I must admit it was hard to resist such boys as acting brothers Gulliver, Zen and Winta McGrath. By Linda Rosenkrantz
Hollywood has had a long love affair with ghosts. From the silent days on, there have been genuinely scary ghosts, and comic ghosts terrifying everyone from Laurel & Hardy to Bob Hope. In screwball comedies, it was standard for dead mates to return to haunt their spouses, as well as ghosts who came back in different bodies, like Joe in Heaven Can Wait and uber-romantic ghosts like Jamie in Truly Madly Deeply, and of course Patrick Swayze’s poignant Sam in Ghost. Here’s a bakers’ dozen of ghosts with good names. By Linda Rosenkrantz
Tim Burton is known for some of Hollywood’s quirkiest stories. From Beetlejuice to The Nightmare Before Christmas, they’re dark tales, perfect for Halloween, but funny, too. They’re also the source of some very memorable names – names that are just right for a child born around Halloween, or any time of the year. By Abby Sandel
Which famous figures have the largest influence on baby names right now?The most important baby name influencers are a fascinating mix of actors, writers, sports stars, musicians, and historical figures. What they all share: A charismatic and sometimes heroic image that can inspire parents….and their young namesakes.