Can celebrities have an impact on the gender ID of their names? You betcha. First there were some earlier actresses with predominantly male names like Glenn Close, Sean Young, Michael Learned and Darryl Hannah, and then, more recently, Bryce Dallas Howard, Elisha Cuthbert, Tierney Sutton, Jules Asner and Mischa Barton, who have opened the door to the gender-bending of their names.
Here are some who have had a perceivable influence in making their lad names more acceptable for ladies.
So many vintage names have been retrieved, polished up and restored for baby use, from Amelia
, that it sometimes feel that the attic’s been stripped bare. Not so. There are still lots of names that were popular in the past and are still waiting to be rediscovered. The examples here were all given to at least one hundred babies in the year 1914—a century ago—but have yet to enter the current Top 1000.
We’ve long been loving o-ending boys’ names like Milo
, but now we’re seeing that final vowel sound becoming a solid trend for girls. Except here names with the o-ending sound don’t necessarily end in ‘o’–it may also be represented by letters ow, oh
or the French aux.
Some prime examples: Marlowe
has been a hot hit of late, and Isabeau
is proving to be a more distinctive follow-up to the ubiquitous Isabel
From the silent days when Jackie
Coogan was palling up with Charlie Chaplin
in The Kid
and The Little
Rascals were playing their pranks, cute kids have taken up a lot of screen time—some, like Shirley Temple
becoming huge superstars—and also, in her case, influencing baby naming. Here are 14 of the most namesake-worthy examples, from then till now—the ones with the most notable names.