Category: Names from the Arts & Pop Culture
The holiday movie season is always busy, from family-friendly flicks to serious Oscar-worthy dramas.
New movies mean new potential baby names. Don’t believe me? A year ago, we were all queuing up to see the latest Disney animated feature, starring a snow queen with a name that you might have heard ‘round Nameberry in the past twelve months: Elsa.
So let’s go to the movies, and check out the best names on the big screen this winter. From quiet indie flicks to big budget blockbusters, inspiration is as plentiful as the popcorn.
Once again, Whitepages, that huge storehouse of the names of people residing in the U.S., continues its practice of putting together interesting—and often humorous– statistical reports on the popularity of names, particularly focused on holidays.
And Christmas is no exception. This current list is of the twelve most festive first and last names in the country, released just in time for the holiday season. Carol (first name) and Bell (last name) were at the top, with 1,148,024 and 385,651 people sharing the names, respectively.
Some of the most interesting starbaby choices last month included Xalia, a sister of Xascha and Xanthe, two girls and a boy with the middle name Monroe, alternate spellings Avri (Robert Downing, Jr.) and Kinzee (James Durbin), a 3-H sibling set (Bill Hader), a musical throwback name (Isley), two old-timey nickname names (Gus and Billy), and a highly aspirational name (Kelly Rowland‘s Titan).
Here’s the full list.
Berries, we are ending the year with a bang!
After a few weeks of relative quiet in the celebrity baby name sphere, birth announcements were everywhere last week. The names ranged from vintage to modern, mythological to meaningful. But none of them played it (too) safe.
A few of these are interesting enough to make me rethink my favorite baby names of 2014 … but let’s wait until December 31st to revise that post, since there could still be some great names in the next few weeks!
Biggest big picture trend: Defining Names
Why give your child a mere name when you can call him something that creates a clear and powerful identity? Our major forward-looking trend for 2015 is word names that make big statements. These may be grand names such as Titan or Royal, both recent choices of celebrities. They might be new virtue names such as Saint or Noble or badass names such as Breaker and Rowdy and Rogue. Defining names can also be nature names such as the stylish River or Sage, or cool kid names like Buzz or Lazer. These names define your child to the world -- or at least tell the world how you’d like them to be defined.