Category: Names from the Arts & Pop Culture
Halloween is coming up, and that means costumes! If you’re thinking about being one of these scary Disney villains for the holiday, check out their names!
Our first villain has arguably the best name-oriented song in Disney history: he uses antlers in all of his decorating! He eats five dozen eggs a morning! Ev’ryone’s favorite guy! From the French for “foreigner,” Gaston has been recorded in US name logs since 1881. While the film didn’t show Gaston in a very positive light, the name stats weren’t changed much by the release of Beauty and the Beast in 1991. Twenty-seven boys were named Gaston last year .
By Abby Sandel
Fall means sweater weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and a long list of debut television series.
It’s true that television characters – even the most memorable – often come with unremarkable names that they share with others. Think Emily and Liz, Jack and Sam. Vox recently surveyed character names from movies, demonstrating that Jack and John were favorites for male characters on the big screen; Mary and Sarah for women.
And yet television has launched dozens of names. From Peyton Place’s Allison and Bewitched’s Samantha to Phoebe and Chandler from Friends, Xander and Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, popular shows of every genre and decade have boosted baby name trends.
If one of Fall 2016’s new series is the next big thing, these are the character names poised to rise.
If you’ve read a book by the great Toni Morrison, chances are you’ll remember some of her characters’ names. From vivid nicknames to evocative biblical names, it’s easy to believe there’s a story behind each one.
Morrison’s novels tell of African-American communities, from the time of slavery to the present. One of the issues she explores is the loss of African Americans’ identities and heritage, and how to reclaim them. Names play a huge part in this, as you might expect.
Change a person’s name, as slave owners did, and you take away their identity and cut them off from their ancestors. Once that connection is lost, how do free African Americans get it back? Should they accept the names they have been given, or choose their own names and forge a new heritage?
It’s time to talk about the new starbaby arrivals of September 2016!
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Mary long reigned as the Number One girls’ name throughout the English-speaking world. Some were Mary Ann or Mary Ellen, but others got far more creative in their quest to stand out from the crowd. So they traded in the ubiquitous Mary for names more glamorous, creative, cooler, or at least more distinctive. You may not even realize that many of these women started out life answering to the regal, saintly classic girl name. By Abby Sandel