Category: Names from the Arts & Pop Culture

Writers’ Pen Names: A concise history

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By Rachel Lyon

I have long been interested in the origin and function of pen names.  A pseudonym can be a mask to hide behind, or a tool by which to play a sort of game. It can be a political statement, an aesthetic declaration, or an alternate identity that is grown into over time. Pseudonyms can give writers the freedom to argue a position they don’t quite believe, or the courage to say the otherwise unspeakable. And they can carry hidden homages to other names of other notable men and women. 

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Celebrity Baby Names: Word names are hot!

Celebrity word names

Once dismissed as crazy celebrity choices – remember Apple and Pilot – word names, for babies, thanks mostly to those celebs– have gone mainstream. From rising River to why-not Wolfe, many of the best boy names in 2016 are borrowed from the dictionary. They’re stylish, meaningful, and different, but still easy to say and spell, and starbaby parents from Liv Tyler to Terrence Howard have embraced the trend. Here are twelve of the best recent word names–they just might inspire a bold boy name choice for your own son.  By Abby Sandel.

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TV names

By Lilibeth Leda at The Well-Informed Namer

“I’m a big fan of the Netflix series Stranger Things.

The sci-fi horror series, released in July, has everyone buzzing.  A second season has already been announced, and while the show received no Emmy nominations, three of its young actors made very hyped appearances. All of this considered, I’m wondering about the effects on baby names. Since Stranger Things takes place in the early 1980s, the characters’ names generally reflect mid-century American nomenclature. Some of them are rapidly losing popularity, but I expect them to recover at least temporarily.

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Irish baby names

By Clare Bristow

You might know the Irish poet William Butler Yeats (it rhymes with Gates, not Keats) from his much-loved poems like The Lake Isle of Innisfree, possibly the most peaceful poem ever written, or memorable lines like “tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.”

One thing (among many) Yeats is remembered for is his retelling of Irish myths and legends. He helped to introduce characters from ancient literature – and their names – to the English-speaking world. Today we take it for granted that it’s easy to access Irish culture – like stories, music, and of course names – but that wasn’t always the case.

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Celebrity Baby Names: August Starbabies

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By CaraMichelle

It’s that time of the month when Cara compiles her comprehensive list of the latest babies born all over the celebrisphere.

The name that provoked the most guesswork was certainly that of Jools and Jamie Oliver‘s fifth child.  And they didn’t disappoint when they announced it would be River Rocket who would join Daisy, Poppy, Petal and Buddy.

August saw a new batch of nickname names: Joanie for girls, and for boys, Iggy, Laddie and Monte, son of Guy Pearce.

Perhaps the most unusual choice among the celebrity baby names was comedian GloZell Green‘s twist on her own name (itself a take on her parents’ Gloria and Ozell: O’Zell Gloriana De.

Here’s the complete list of August‘s celebrity baby names

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