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We donâ€™t particularly think of Woody Allen as a cutting-edge filmmaker, but there is one area in which he has beenâ€”if unwittinglyâ€”prescient, and that is in giving some of his characters names that would later become trendy choices for babies.Â (Though there are no babies in his filmsâ€”children hardly exist in Woodyâ€™s World.)
For those characters he created for himself, he chose, with a few exceptions, pretty ordinary, sometimes nicknamey namesâ€”Alvy, Sandy, Mickey, Lenny, Larry, Jerry, Sid, Gabe, Sheldon, Isaac.Â But for others, he did come up with some inspired choices:
Alfieâ€”You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger, 2010 (Anthony Hopkins).Â A fittingly British choice for a British characterâ€”but it’s doubtful if Woody knew that Alfie was the fourth most popular name for UK baby boys born in 2010.
Some of these babies had names that were typical of their eras, while others were newer and more influential. Some of the newborns were allowed to grow up, while others remained babies, some were merely plot devices that quickly vanished. One of the names was important enough to be featured in the showâ€™s titleâ€”Hope on Raising Hope.
Here, in rough reverse chronological order, are some of the most memorable TV baby names:
The spirit of Francis Scott Fitzgerald Â is alive and well.Â In the baby name world, Gatsby is one of the new attention-grabbing names on the block.Â In the world of entertainment, there is the theater piece Gatz, and now thereâ€™s eager anticipation for the latest version of The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Lurmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Isla Fisher,which is Â scheduled to open at the end of the year.Â A propitious time, then, to look at the authorâ€™s approach to literary Â names.
Fitzgeraldâ€™s novels and stories are populated with people with ordinary names like Nick and Dick, with typical Jazz Age period choices such as Bernice and Rosalind and Marjorie for girls, Chester and Percy for men, and a number of sophisticated Princetonesque surnames. Â He played with name changes reflecting shifting identities as wellâ€”Jay Gatsby having been born James Gatz.