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As the race towards the Oscars heats up, Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain offers her annual analysis of possible award-winning baby names–the most interesting names attached to nominees and the characters they play.

Award season is in full swing, with the Golden Globes last month and the Oscars coming up soon.

A glance at any kindergarten roster demonstrates Hollywood’s impact on baby names.  Audrey, Ava, Olivia, and Natalie all belonged to screen legends long before they were among the most popular choices for our daughters.  Surname choices like Harlow, Monroe, Gable, and even Chaplin have been heard.

But those are Golden Age names.  How about the nominees for 2013?  There are some fascinating choices, rich with potential for a son or a daughter.

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If the Academy can hand out their Oscars for Best Actors, it seems only fair for Nameberry to bestow its own Berry awards for Best Actors’ Names. But unlike the Academy, we’re not limiting ourselves to the year just past, but are considering all the Best and Supporting Actor/Actress winners over time. Since two of the four current top girl baby names were Oscar winners decades ago, we won’t be including them–Sophia Loren took home the Best Actress prize for Two Women in 1961 and Olivia de Havilland won two Oscars– in 1946 for To Each His Own (based on a Salinger story) and in 1949 for The Heiress (based on Henry James).  Here, then the Lifetime Berry Awards for best names!

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