Category: Names from the Arts & Pop Culture
By Abby Sandel
Everybody loves Eackma. It’s tops in the US, huge in France, big in Italy and Ireland, loved by the Dutch, and a favorite in Spain and Scandinavia, too. This week, we learned that Emma is Number 1 in Switzerland, favored by parents who speak Italian, French, and German.
At the same time, plenty of parents are working to choose a name that’s less popular. Some avoid the Top Ten, but stick with Top 100 choices like Piper or Stella. Others worry that Esme and Magnolia are too popular now that they’ve cracked the Top 1000.
Many of the baby names in the news this week are rare – in some cases, nearly one-of-one choices.
As a writer and teacher, I experience summer very differently than the rest of the year. My time becomes much less structured, and I am able to spend more time at home with my son. Lately, while we watch various children’s television shows together, I’ve started to notice that some of the programs have characters with names that wouldn’t be out of place in twenty-first century naming considerations. Here are three shows that have some interesting options, from the classics to the more daring:
August is here and that means warmer temperatures and soaking in the last sweet days of summer before school starts. Here are some inspiring names of writers, actors, and pioneers that all share August birthdays.
Tennyson – One of the most influential Victorian poets, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was born August 6, 1809. Tennyson was appointed as Poet Laureate by Queen Victoria and served for 42 years. Tennyson is an English surname meaning son of Dennis. Actor Russell Crowe used this poetic name for his son, Tennyson Spencer in 2006.
These famous television show hosts have the gift of gab. Let’s have our own chat about their names!
Conan is an Irish name meaning little wolf or little hound. Conan has long been associated with the character Conan the Barbarian. Only 45 babies were named Conan last year, making it a great alternative to similar, popular names like Connor.
By Hannah Bowes
Many Berries face the moral dilemma known as ‘name stealing’. Whilst it might be slightly disheartening for your co-worker’s friend’s cousin to call her baby your long-loved favourite for a little girl, this is amplified to a whole new level when a name you thought was your personal precious gem becomes the biggest birth announcement of the year.