Okay, so the Fashion Police have had their say, praising and pillorying the various gowns and guy clothes on the Golden Globes Red Carpet by designers from Armani to Zak Posen–scrutinizing everything from Charlize Theron‚Äôs sparkly headband to Evan Rachel Wood‚Äôs Christian Louboutins.
Now it‚Äôs time for us Name Police to have our turn.¬† Not that we would ever say anything negative about anyone‚Äôs appellation, but we did want to point out some of the award-worthy names we discovered among the cast members and characters in this year‚Äôs Golden Globe winning movies and TV shows.
Adriana‚ÄĒAdriana is the beautiful fantasy mistress of artists Braque, Modigliani and Picasso, played by Marion Cotillard, in Woody Allen‚Äôs Midnight in Paris.¬† A lovely Italian name that is perfectly at home in English-speaking countries.
Amara‚ÄĒAmara Miller is the 11-year-old actress who plays George Clooney‚Äôs precocious daughter Scottie King in The Descendents‚ÄĒher first movie role.¬† Amara is a strong, sweet, stylish name that means ‚Äúlovely forever.‚ÄĚ
Cora‚ÄĒThe Rt. Hon. Cora, Countess of Grantham, is the American-born mistress of Downton Abbey, played by the American-born actress Elizabeth McGovern. Cora is a gentle, old-fashioned name that has recently been rejuvenated.
Djuna‚ÄĒDjuna Barnes is one of the real-life Parisienne icons who resurface in Woody Allen‚Äôs Midnight in Paris. The exotic name, pronounced JOO-na, has long been associated with that early 20th century American novelist, but we can see it being adopted by cutting-edge baby namers.
Inez‚ÄĒInez is the insensitive fianc√©e of leading character Gil (Owen Wilson) in Midnight in Paris. A name that is both familiar and yet somewhat mysterious, Inez has the additional appeal of that final, striking ‚Äėz‚Äô sound.
Morning‚ÄĒMorning Randolph is the sexy young blonde character on the TV show Episodes, whose name might have been assigned to her with tongue firmly in cheek.¬† Still, this is one of the time-related word names that might be considered an option these days.
Octavia‚ÄĒActress Octavia Spencer won the well deserved Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Minny Jackson in The Help. The ancient Roman name Octavia could make a strong, attractive and musical alternative to the widely used Olivia.
Peppy‚ÄĒPeppy Miller is the charming leading lady played by B√©r√©nice Bejo in the award-winning French silent film The Artist.¬† But is Peppy enough of a full first name for a real-life girl?¬† We‚Äôd suggest Poppy or Piper or Pippa instead.
Rosamund‚ÄĒLady Rosamund Painswick (mother of Lavinia and Cyril) is a typical Downton Abbey name. ¬†After long having been thought of as strictly British, the delicate Rosamund‚ÄĒalso spelled Rosamond‚ÄĒis beginning to make some inroads here.
Tamsin‚ÄĒBritish actress Tamsin Greig plays writer Beverly Lincoln on Showtime‚Äôs Episodes, for which Matt LeBlanc won a GG for playing Matt LeBlanc.¬† Tamsin‚ÄĒoriginally a condensation of Thomasina‚ÄĒis a practically unheard of English name, which we happen to love.
Hugh‚ÄĒHugh Bonneville inhabits the role of Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham and pater familias of Downton Abbey.¬† Both Hugh and Hugo have been making a comeback onto modern babies’ birth certificates.
Idris–Idris Elba, formerly of The Wire, won for his powerful performance as BBC Detective John Luther.¬† Idris is a Welsh name related to Arthur and to a mythological giant, well used in France but virtually unheard here.¬† Could it follow the path to popularity¬†of Isla? ¬†And speaking of that, we do know a wonderful (female) poet named Idris.
Laurent‚ÄĒThere are two Laurents in the cast of Midnight in Paris, one of whom plays Leo, the brother of Gertrude Stein.¬† This French version of Lawrence (the ‚Äėt‚Äô is silent), has a lot of potential as a more interesting Uncle Larry namesake.
Levi‚ÄĒIn the TV show Enlightened, Levi is the name of the ex-husband of Laura Dern‚Äôs character, played by Luke Wilson.¬† Levi is one of the fastest rising biblical boys‚Äô names, now ranking at #70.
Ludovic‚ÄĒLudovic Bource won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score for the film The Artist‚ÄĒa silent movie in which the music had to do double duty. Ludovic is the medieval Latinized form of¬†Ludwig, and is the full name of Harry Potter character ‚ÄúLudo‚ÄĚ Bagman.
Marcial– Marcial Di Fonzo Bo is the name of the actor who played Pablo Picasso in the prize-winning Woody Allen movie.¬† Marcial is a Latin name that is more unusual than Marco, Marcel ‚Äďor Marshall.
Nolan‚ÄĒNolan Gould is the child actor who plays the young and innocent Luke¬†Dunphy as a member of the prize-winning ensemble cast of Modern Family. Nolan has been climbing steadily up the popularity ladder, now at #104, partially inspired by pitcher Nolan Ryan.
Olivier‚ÄĒLaurence Olivier appears as a character in My Week with Marilyn, and Olivier Rabourdin plays Paul Gauguin in Midnight in Paris. A name that definitely adds some French flair to the more prosaic Oliver.
Rico‚ÄĒThe amiable young actor Rico Rodriguez plays Manny Delgado on TV‚Äôs Modern Family.¬† The dashing Rico is a common Latin nickname for Ricardo, but is often used on its own, as is the increasingly popular Nico.