By Nick Turner
In 1970, the novel Love Story captured America‘s imagination with the tale of a wealthy Harvard jock who meets a girl from the other side of the tracks. It was soon followed by a movie of the same name — a tear-jerker that became the top box-office draw of the year. The American Film Institute has named Love Story one of the ten most romantic movies of all time, but its biggest legacy may be solidifying Jennifer‘s status as the top girl’s name of the 1970s and early-’80s.
The heroine of the book and movie (played by Ali McGraw) was named Jennifer “Jenny” Cavalleri. And in addition to being a wisecracking beauty, she had terminal leukemia. (I’m not spoiling anything here. The very first line of the movie is: “What can you say about a 25-year-old girl who died?”) .
Apparently America‘s response to watching a tragic girl fall in love and die was, “Hey, cool name.” Jennifer supplanted Lisa as the most popular name in the United States in 1970 and didn’t relinquish its grip until 1985.
Forty-four years later, America is obsessed with another cancer-stricken girl: Hazel from the novel The Fault in Our Stars.
In honor of Mother’s Day
, we’re celebrating some of the celebrity moms who became new parents in the year since last Mother’s Day
, some for the first time, others not. These are the ones we think most successfully negotiated the turbulent waters between cool and cuckoo.
may have its reindeer and holly, and Thanksgiving its turkeys, but no holiday has as many flowers and trees and animals associated with it as Easter
, symbols that evolved from both pagan and Christian
sources. From Jesus
as “the Lamb of God,” to chicks and bunnies symbolizing abundant new life, to the Easter
lily, there’s a wealth of baby name inspiration to be found in the flora and fauna of Easter
By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain
You’ll never guess the name that repeats in my son’s third grade.
It isn’t Alex. Despite having a Top 20 name, he’s never had to share. His friend Matthew is also one of one, and has been since kindergarten. The same is true for Chloe and William.
The name that repeats? Micah.
It’s one of the new realities of baby naming. In our quest to avoid calling our kids the 2014 equivalent of Jennifer and Jason, Ashley and Josh, we skip over the Top Ten and even Top 100.
But that’s no guarantee that our relatively uncommon choice won’t be shared. My kids know more than one Lucia and a couple of Finns, two Jareds, a Skyler and a Skye, a boy Jordan and a girl Jordan, a boy Seamus and a dog Seamus.
So it isn’t really a surprise that the high profile birth announcement name to repeat this week wasn’t Ava or Isabella, but Bodhi.