Last week we explored boysâ€™ names drawn from the nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards.Â This week we turn our attention to the girlsâ€™ list.Â No one will be surprised to discover that it is just a little bit longer.
Here are my picks for the most shimmering girlsâ€™ names from this yearâ€™s list of nominees:
–Arianna is in the US Top 100, but Iâ€™ve always thought the mythological Ariadne had more style.Â Now that sheâ€™s associated with Ellen Pageâ€™s maze-making character from â€śInception,â€ť will we hear more of her?
–The cast of â€śThe Fighterâ€ť includes Dendrie Taylor, previously seen on FXâ€™s â€śSons of Anarchy.â€ťÂ I canâ€™t explain the origins of Dendrie, but I can hear her fitting right in with Riley and Bailey.
–Speaking of names that could fit, â€śWinterâ€™s Boneâ€ť is the story of seventeen year old Ree Dolly, an Ozark mountain girl who risks all for her family.Â I hear Ree and think of current middle name favorites Rose and Rae.
–Sheâ€™s not exactly a role model, but legendary thronewrecker Wallis Warfield Simpson, born Bessie, does have a great name. Will â€śThe Kingâ€™s Speechâ€ť help more parents discover Wallis? Anthony LaPaglia gave the name to a daughter.Â Wallis splits the difference between old-fashioned picks like Alice or Frances and modern surname choices like Madison or Taylor.
Did you catch Nicole Kidmanâ€™s explanation of her daughterâ€™s name? Sundayâ€™s little sister isnâ€™t Faith, sheâ€™s Faith Margaret, â€śthat Southern double name.â€ťÂ Â Double names can be tough to pull off, but I imagine that Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman might just make it work.
Speaking of names that could work, Nancy Friedman recently wrote about Naya. Nancyâ€™s expertise is brand names, and she points out that Naya and Naia are now being worn by brands of gelato, skincare products, shoes, and wine, as well as Gleeâ€™s Naya Rivera.Â With several attractive meanings, and a very current sound, Naya seems sure to catch on.
In case youâ€™re visiting nameberry just weeks before your due date, Iâ€™ll end by directing you to John Cave Osborneâ€™s oh-so-true essay at Babble: â€śComing Up With Baby Names Would Be Easier if My Wife Werenâ€™t Pregnant.â€ť