Category: Names from the Arts & Pop Culture

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The Many Names of David Bowie: Part 1

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Bowie baby names

By Anna Otto, WaltzingMoreThanMatilda

During his long career, rock icon David Bowie was the master of reinvention, constantly changing image and donning guises, until it has become a cliche to describe him as chameleon-like. More unusually, the masks that Bowie wore and the roles he assumed were often given a name, becoming characters in their own right. In tribute to David Bowie, who passed away earlier this year, here are some of the names he wore or were connected with him.

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Romantic Italian Baby Names

Romantic baby names

Today we celebrate the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, namesake of that other Leonardo–whose pregnant mother was said to have been inspired while looking at a da Vinci painting in Florence when she felt baby Leo‘s first kick. Now the name Leonardo has been embraced internationally, but there are other Italian Renaissance artists whose names are also as great as their art. So if you love romantic boys’ names with the magical o-ending, here are a few worth considering, whether or not you have Italian roots.

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Boston marathon baby anmes

By Tiana Putric

The Boston Marathon, rooted in ancient Greek history, is the oldest modern annual marathon in the world: it was established in 1897 – 119 years ago! Taking place every year on Patriots’ Day, it falls this year on April 18th, when tens of thousands of marathoners from around the world will run while hundreds of thousands of spectators will watch, applaud, and shout words of encouragement.

Meet the interesting names of eight past Boston Marathon winners from Ellison Brown in the men’s open to Jacqueline Gareau in the women’s open to Marcel Hug and Edith Hunkeler in the men’s and women’s wheelchair division.

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Celebrity Baby Names: March edition

March starbabies

By CaraMichelle

A massive number of new starbabies this month, including no less than six sets of twins!

Among the newsmakers: Ivanka Trump’s new son Theodore James, Anne Hathaway’s Jonathan Rosebanks, Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe’s baby boy Ashe Olsen, Chad Lowe’s Nixie Barbara, and James Van Der Beek’s fourth child, Emilia.

The full list:

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baby names from books

By Clare Bristow

If you like names with a hint of mystery, a vintage British feel and a splash of the exotic, come and join me in the drawing room and I shall reveal my deductions about names from Agatha Christie’s novels.

Christie is known as “the Queen of Crime” for good reason. In a career spanning over fifty years and over seventy novels, she shaped modern crime writing. Not just books, but also detective dramas, murder mystery parties, and the board game Cluedo (called Clue in North America) wouldn’t be the same without her.

Even if you haven’t read any of her books, you probably recognise the basic elements. There’s the genteel setting (like an English country home), the suspicious death, the trail of clues and red herrings, secrets and scandals, and the brilliant detective who rounds up all the suspects and explains how they’ve cleverly worked out whodunnit.

Christie’s character names, like the characters themselves, are eccentric and memorable, but also true to their time.

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