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Some movie characters have a long afterlife, remembered way beyond their release dates, their names firmly attached to the actor who inhabited the role. In our collective memory, for instance, Judy Garland will always be Dorothy and Diane Keaton forever Annie Hall. Here’s a look at just a few of these iconic characters—and whether or not their names had any impact on naming.  Might one be right for your new baby girl?

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By CaraMichelle

Some highly unusual and interesting choices in the past month: River for a girl, the uber-royal Royal Reign and Kaiser, the Greek god Atlas, the return of Wilbur, and a real life Gatsby. Our thanks as always to CaraMichelle for searching far and wide to compile the list.

Girls:

Adelina Rose, sister of Lucia, Carina, and Isabetta (Rob and Amber Mariano)
Adriana Brooks, sister of Alexis (Lindsey and Web Smith)
Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa (Prince Felix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg)
Bella, sister of Dmitry (Margarita Agibalova and Pavel Marso)
Bobbi Grace (Nathan and Jerri Jones)
Chloe Sophia, sister of Kai (f), Donald, Tristan, and Spencer (Donald Trump, Jr. and Vanessa Trump)
Eugenia, sister of Polina (Gosha Kutsenko and Irina Skrinichenko)
Evangeline Ruth (Brandi Carlile and Catherine Shepherd)
Georgia Marie (Kenan Thompson and Christina Evangeline)
Julia (David and Jacquelyn Ragan)
Macy Rose, sister of Olivia and Jack (Jonathan and Kylie Brown)
Malia Barbara (Misty May-Treanor and Matt Treanor)
Maria Kristan (Kasim and Sarah-Elizabeth Reed)
River Rose, sister of Savannah and Seth (Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock)
Royal Reign (LilKim and Mr. Papers)

Boys:
Aden (Andie Chen and Kate Pang)
Atlas Hendrix (Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert Sanchez)
Brady Zetts (Tim and Andrea Ryan)
Constantine Anthony, brother of Anastasia (Tony and Marissa Vlachos)
Daniel James, brother of Zoey (Sarah Fisher and Andy O’Gara)
Dean Danny Benjamin, brother of Ava and David (Anansa Sims and David Patterson)
Gatsby Alexander (Arian Foster and Brittany Norwood)
Kaiser, brother of Jace (Jenelle Evans and Nathan Griffin)
Wilbur, brother of Clemency (Kate Silverton and Mike Heron)
Wyatt, brother of Presley (m) and Lyrik (m) (Jeremy London and Juliet Reeves London)

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Good things came in twos this week, as the baby name news was dominated by interesting sets of twins, and two new ends-with-R names for boys.

Let’s start with the letter R.

This past spring, the mainstream media picked up on a phenomenon we name nerds have long recognized: two-syllable, ends-with-N names for boys are big.  Whether we’re talking chart toppers like Aiden and Mason, or new inventions like Zennon and Dreyson, N has been the go-to letter for ending boys’ names in recent years.

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Brother and Sister Names in the News

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

If naming your first child is a challenge, naming baby number two – and maybe three and four – can start to feel like a puzzle.  Should you repeat first initials?  Should everyone share the same first initial?  If your son’s name is a Top 20 standard, is it okay to give your daughter a name that’s never cracked the Top 1000?  How about honor names?  If your daughter is named after your grandmother, will his grandmother expect to be next?

There’s no right answer, but there is a right choice for every family.  This week, sibsets were in the baby name news – and on my mind.

Blame it on a trip to the zoo.  We’re lucky enough to live in the Land of Bao Bao, also known as Washington DC, home to the Smithsonian National Zoo.  As we crowded into the panda habitat the other morning, parents called their kids’ names.  Mostly Sophia, with Noah, Aiden, and Hayden tossed in for good measure.

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By K. M. Sheard, Nook of Names

The first volume of the magnificent Gormenghast trilogy by British novelist Mervyn Peake was published in 1946, and his books are still widely read today. Here are some of the best names (and characters!) from the trilogy:

Titus. Titus Groan, 77th Earl of Groan is the hero of the series, and Titus Groan is the title of the first book, despite the fact that Titus is only a baby in it. He becomes the major protagonist, however, in the following novels, and though he doesn’t actually do much in Titus Groan, he is the pivot around whom the story unfolds. Titus was a Roman praenomen — i.e. the closest thing Romans had to a first name. Probably the best-known bearer was the Emperor Titus (39-81 CE). The origins are very obscure; it may possibly be related to Latin titulus ‘title’ or titio ‘fire-brand’. It was first used as a given name in the English-speaking world in the sixteenth century.

Fuchsia. Lady Fuchsia Groan is Titus’s sister, a girl on the cusp of womanhood. Virtually ignored by her parents, she is half-feral,  fiercely proud and passionate. Her name is taken from the delicate, ballerina-like flower, named in the eighteenth century in honor of the sixteenth century German botanist Leonhard Fuchs — a surname meaning ‘fox’ in German. Fuchsia is first found as a given name in the nineteenth century, when flower names first came into fashion.

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