Category: Names from the Arts & Pop Culture
June is here with warmer weather and longer days as we move from spring to summer. June has a plethora of historical events and notable namesakes to draw name inspiration from. Let’s explore this list which includes names from abolitionists, politicians, and women in space.
Among the more high-profile: Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling named Esmeralda‘s sister Amada, the name of Mendes’s grandmother; Eddie Murphy‘s ninth child has the zippy appellation of Izzy Oona; Twilight’s Jackson Rathbone saluted two musical heroes for daughter Presley Bowie; swimming champ Michael Phelps chose the dynamic Boomer; Jenna Malone went poetic with Ode Mountain, and Soleil Moon Frye picked another word name for her fourth child: Story.
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By Abby Sandel
One of the most popular questions to discuss at Nameberry is this: what would you name twins?
It’s the kind of challenge Berries love, and for good reasons. Double the number of names to choose! A chance to link two names in some subtle – or maybe not-so-subtle – way. With both of my pregnancies, I had a list of boy names, girl names – and twin names, which didn’t necessarily duplicate the first two lists.
Plenty of celebrity parents have faced this naming challenge. The latest high profile parents seeing double are The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood and his new wife Sally Humphreys. The rock ‘n’ roll royals recently welcomed twin daughters. They kept it simple, opting for classic, feminine names without a lot of frills.
In honor of their arrival, let’s take a look at nine sets of celebrity multiples, and see if we can learn anything from their parents’ baby name choices.
Noel Streatfeild has enchanted generations of young readers. She’s best known as the author of Ballet Shoes, a tale of three sisters finding their talents on and off stage.
Many of her stories follow a similar theme. The heroines and heroes discover their vocation for dancing, acting, ice skating, or some other art or sport. They fight the obstacles – life changes, lack of money, sibling squabbles, adults who just don’t understand – to pursue it.
Foundling children feature a lot in Streatfeild’s books, and she uses their names to tell their personal stories. For instance, the Fossil sisters in Ballet Shoes choose their own surname in honour of the fossil hunter who took them in.