By Linda Rosenkrantz
It always strikes me as somewhat curious when a name that has been hidden in plain sight for decades—or longer—attached to a significant literary or real life character will suddenly pop into the zeitgeist and take off. Sometimes the contributing factors are obvious—sharing with a more recent celebrity (looking at you, Ms Johansson) or its discovery by the parents of a starbaby. And sometimes, it just remains a mystery.
Some prominent examples:
Atticus. The Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960, and the movie, starring Gregory Peck as principled lawyer and role-model dad Atticus Finch, was released two years later. Between then and now, the book has been a mainstay of English class curricula, working its way into the collective consciousness of future baby namers, while Atticus Finch was voted the greatest hero of American film by the AFI.
from Ava Gardner
to Angelina Jolie
, Miles Davis
to Michael Jordan
have influenced the names of real live babies over recent years.But now there’s a brand new generation of stars whose names are proving inspirational to parents. From the worlds of music, sports, and reality TV along with films, these celebrity names
are showing major gains on the new popularity lists in both the U.S. and the U.K.Many of these new celebrity names
are unusual, exotic, rarely heard before their famous bearers brought them to our attention. And their current popularity can be attributed directly to the stars who made them shine.The newest, hottest celebrity names today are:
Color names come complete with their own imagery, everything that’s emblematic of the color they represent. The best of the color names make vivid choices for any child. Here, our eight favorite .
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If Scarlett and Ruby are too pop culture for you, you might want to opt for the showier Crimson.