Category: Names from the Arts & Pop Culture

December Namesakes: Helena to Huckleberry

December notables

By Meagan Burke

The last month of the year, December is a time filled with holiday festivities and family gatherings.

December gets its name from the Latin word decem, meaning ten, as it was originally the tenth month of the year. The names Decimus and Decima share the meaning ten. December also has ties to many notable leaders and visionaries. Let’s deck the halls with these wonderful namesakes!

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Gilmore Girls Baby Names

Gilmore Girls Names

By Abby Sandel

They’re back! Seven seasons wasn’t enough to tie up all the loose ends for our favorite residents of Stars Hollow. Could Luke and Lorelai work it out? Would Rory’s promising career in journalism take off? How about Hep Alien – are they the next big thing?

The Netflix addendum to the beloved series answers all of our questions and more, but if you’ve yet to binge watch Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, no worries. This post is spoiler-free.

Of course, if you’ve yet to watch a single episode, we will give away some of the secrets. But it’s still worth watching. One reason? Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and her writing team must surely be name lovers. They embraced the obscure, and never gave a character a throw-away name – not even if the character made only the briefest of appearances.

Here’s our list of the the great Gilmore Girls names, from the mother-daughter duo at the heart of it all, to many a nicely-named supporting character.

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Names to Steal from Holiday Movies

2016 holiday movies

Somewhere between roasting the turkey and trimming the tree, millions of us will also find time to go to the movies. After all, there’s a new Marvel superhero, a Disney heroine, more than one outer space adventure, plenty of promising indie hits, plus installments in the Star Wars and Harry Potter universes. Who could stay away?

The blockbuster season features a bounty of baby name possibilities, from the old-fashioned to the brand new. Could one of these movies launch the next big baby name trend? Pass the popcorn, and let’s take a look at the contenders. By Abby Sandel

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literary baby names

By Clare Bristow

Halloween is behind us, but now that the days are getting darker and the nights longer, you might still feel in the mood for some ghostly, gothic names. There are plenty to be found in the poems and stories of Edgar Allan Poe.

Poe is best known for his macabre writing, although he also wrote science fiction, detective stories, and many literary essays. A favorite topic of his is some unfortunate man mourning the loss of a beautiful woman – who often returns to haunt him.

You might know The Raven, where the narrator is visited by a sinister bird who is apparently the departed spirit of his fiancé Lenore. (If you can think of that poem without thinking of The Simpsons’ version, you’re doing better than me.)

The Raven just wouldn’t be the same (or rhyme) if it was the spirit of Mary or Joan tapping at the chamber door. A romantic, dramatic name like Lenore perfectly fits the poem’s atmosphere.

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Baby Naming Lessons from the Kardashians

Kardashian baby names

By Abby Sandel

Back in 2007, a little reality show called Keeping Up with the Kardashians debuted on the E! channel.

Nearly a decade later – yes, it’s been that long – we’re still following the family’s foibles, from the scandalous to the mundane.

Along the way, matriarch Kris Jenner has become a grandmother to six. The most recent arrival is Dream Renee, daughter of Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna. Every pregnancy and birth has been detailed on the family’s shows and in the press, meaning that you probably recognize the next generation’s names, even if you’re not keeping up with the family.

We can’t explain it, but there’s an intensity to the Kardashian family baby name watch that’s undeniable. It’s as if we hope the names will be trend-setting, dramatic, extravagant, and daring. Without fail, the family has delivered.

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