Category: baby name Atticus
The list of nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards came out last week.Â Even though the only category in which Iâ€™ve actually seen all the contenders is Best Animated Feature Film, Iâ€™ve been digging through the nominees to find the most intriguing name options.
Here are my picks for the most award-winning names from this yearâ€™s list of nominees:
- Atticus, as in Atticus Ross, Trent Reznorâ€™s long-time collaborator.Â The duo is nominated for their work on â€śThe Social Network.â€ťÂ (Hat tip to C in DC for pointing him out!)
- Jem, the unusual nickname for James favored by Jeremy Rennerâ€™s character in â€śThe Town.â€ť
- Laser, the given name of the younger Hutcherson kid in the much-nominated â€śThe Kids Are All Right.â€ť (shown in illustration)
- Aron, the slimmed-down Scandinavian variant of Aaron worn by real life mountain climber Aron Ralston.Â James Franco could win Best Actor for his portrayal of Ralston in â€ś127 Hours.â€ť
- Bastien, from French filmmaker Bastien Dubois, nominated for â€śMadagascar, a Journey Diary.â€ť Best Animated Short Film doesnâ€™t get much press, but Duboisâ€™ given name â€“ a short form of Sebastian â€“ could catch on.
- Hendrix, from Guy Hendrix Dyas, nominated for production design on â€śInception.â€ťÂ If x-namesÂ from Felix to Jaxon can catch on, why not Hendrix?Â Dyas isnâ€™t exactly a household name, but thereâ€™s Jimi Hendrix, too.
- Leonardo DiCaprio is a household name, and his character from â€śInceptionâ€ť â€“ DomÂ – could fit right in with Jack and Cole.
- Lastly, thereâ€™s a pleasing pair of English appellations from â€śThe Kingâ€™s Speech.â€ťÂ Geoffrey Rush played Lionel Logue, speech therapist to King George VI.Â Thereâ€™s also Cosmo, as in the given name of the Archbishop of Canterbury.Â Lionel and Cosmo strike me as quite stylish names for small boys, even if the characters are rather serious.
Other famous babies making their debuts this week include Mike and Lahika Tysonâ€™s son Morocco Elijah and Coco Reese Lakshmi, a daughter for No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal and girlfriend Erin Lokitz.Â Â We also learned that model Doutzen Kroes and DJ Sunnery James gave their son Phyllon a happy middle name â€“ Joy.
Next week weâ€™ll look at the Girlsâ€™ List of Oscar-inspired names, and find out if Best Actor nominee Javier Bardem and equally talented wife PenĂ©lope Cruz reveal the name theyâ€™ve chosen for their little star.
Todayâ€™s Question of the Week: Is there a name from a book you read when you were younger that made enough of an impression on you that youâ€™ve loved it ever since?
(After all, at least some of those hundreds of new babies being named Atticus must have some connection to that inspirational lawyer in To Kill a Mockingbird Â and all those recent little Holdens to thatÂ cynical adolescent Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Ryeâ€”whether conscious or not.)
So think backâ€”can you trace your long-standing attraction for a particular name to an impression it made on you at an impressionable age?
Anyone out there who actually has used such a name for their child?
Maybe contemplating the name Rufus sparked my revelation.Â Or it might have hit me when I encountered an Otis.Â Whatever the inspiration, I suddenly realized that my most-loved boys’ names end in the letter s.Â Yep, almost all of them.
Amias?Â One of my all-time underappreciated favorites.
What is it about s-ending names that hold such appeal?
Itâ€™s true, I prefer their soft, sybillant ending to the harder â€“er ending thatâ€™s so popular right now for boysâ€™ names.Â Besides being more gentle, it feels a bit more surprising, intrinsically distinctive.
Many of my favorite classic boysâ€™ names end in s: Thomas, James, Louis, Charles, and Nicholas.Â And trendier choices of decades past, from Chris and Curtis to Dennis and Douglas to Ross and Russ to Jess and Wes, helped whet the overall appetite for s-ending names.
Some of the names that end in s are fairly fashionable today.Â These include: