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Juno – The month of June gets its name from Juno, an ancient Roman goddess. Juno is a Latin name meaning queen of the heavens. Not only does June’s weather make it a popular season for weddings, but Juno is also the goddess of marriage. The quirky 2007 film, Juno may have made this a household name, though only 49 girls were given it in the United States last year.
Marvel Studios’s new movie Avengers: Age of Ultron is now in theaters! As a fan of these superhero movies, I thought we’d take a look at the names of the main characters in the film.
Let me know in the comments below which name you like most and which character is your favorite! Don‘t forget to check out the film if you’re also a fan!
Maia / Maya – The month of May was named after Maia, a Greek and Roman goddess of spring; Maia is a Greek name meaning mother. The Roman’s considered Maia to be an incarnation of Mother Earth. Maia and Maya have the same sound, but differ in popularity and meaning. Maia was #639 in 2013 and Maya, a Hebrew name meaning water, was #72. Both Maia and Maya are great names for a baby born in May.
My love affair with names began in elementary school when I selected a book about the meaning behind names from the monthly book order catalog. I enjoyed it so much I asked my parents to buy me a second name book. I picked up the original Beyond Jennifer and Jason, and highlighted it within inches of its life. I loved the way names sounded in my head and how Pamela and Linda took thinking about names a step further than most books. They gave them new meanings and classifications and offered insight into how names might be perceived by other people at all stages of someone’s life. It fascinated me and thus, a name nerd was born.
For years, I scribbled stories here and there but my favorite part of the process was always naming the characters. I labored over who would get which moniker, many times to the detriment of the story. I’d have two full pages of characters with spectacular names and one page of actual story completed before I gave up and started something new.
Some highly unusual names in Cara’s comprehensive list this month, including an Ioni, a girl named Berlin—sister of a girl named Bowie, a Blues (not Blue), and a Hutch (brother of Tug). The three sets of twins born to celebs in March included the trendy Knox Blue and Violet Moon.
Among the highest profile celebs, Cate Blanchett went with the lovely classic Edith Vivian Patricia, Vin Diesel made the moving tribute to his late friend and co-star Paul Walker by naming his baby daughter Pauline, and Kevin James chose the name Sistine for her daughter, just as Sylvester Stallone did in 1998