Category: Celebrity Names

Nameberry’s Names of the Year 2016

2016 Names of the Year

By Linda Rosenkrantz and Abby Sandel

The Defining Event of 2016 may have been the presidential election, but the political names that hit the headlines –DonaldHillary? Bernard?– are unlikely to find themselves on many new baby birth certificates. And so for Nameberry’s Names of the Year we’ve looked beyond politics to other bold-faced names that reflect current trends and are prime to inspire baby names of the future.

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Newsy Names: Charmian, Colin & Gene

newsy names

By John Kelly

This past September, we paid our respects to some of Hollywood’s greatest stars and marveled at a visionary’s dreams of the stars. Let’s have a look back at some of the big names in the news – and a look into what the origins of their names can illuminate about them.

Teresa

Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a Catholic saint this month. St. Teresa was born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxihu. Anjezë is the Albanian form of Agnes, anticipated her spiritual calling: It’s Greek for “holy” or “pure.” St. Teresa chose her religious name after the 19th-century French nun Thérèse de Lisieux.

Some think Teresa comes from the Greek for “harvest” or “huntress.” Others think it is from the Greek Thera, the name of some volcanic islands in the Mediterranean. The story goes that the wife of St. Paulinus of Nola (354-431 AD) was born on one of those islands and so took her name from them. The origin is unclear, but Teresa is a well-traveled name – fitting for St. Teresa, who made her impact far and wide.

Colin

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has made headlines by protesting the pre-game National Anthem over racial inequality. Many athletes have followed suit, which some consider a victory for Colin’s cause. Victory indeed: Colin is a French pet name for Nicholas, a Greek name that literally means “victory-people.” The Greek word for – and goddess of – “victory” is nike, which lives on in the athletic brand.

Gene

Acting legend Gene Wilder sadly passed away this month. Born Jerome Silberman, Wilder took Gene, a short for Eugene, after Eugene Gant, a character in a Thomas Wolfe novel, and Wilder after writer Thornton Wilder. Eugene is from the Greek Eugenios, “well-born” or “noble.” Jerome, meanwhile, is from the Greek Hieornymos, “holy name.” Gene Wilder came from a humble background, but as many remembrances made clear, he was a class-act as an artist and person. And his name will surely be long “worshiped” by his many fans.

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celebrity baby names

By CaraMichelle

Some of the high-profile highlights from this long list of January starbaby births:

Marissa Mayer, president and CEO of Yahoo!, gave her twin girls the lovely and exotic names Marielle and Sylvana.

Jack Huston went for the dramatic, Van Gogh-ish Cypress Night, Tyra Banks for the stylish York Banks, Michael Bublé for the classic Elias (brother of Noah)

One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, after a tangle of media misinformation, revealed that the actual name of his son is Freddie Reign.

Also of interest: the name Love Lily and the sibset Django, Djordan, Djaeda and Djanai. And two Bowies born in the month the singer died; I’m sure there are many more to come.

Here’s the full list:

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January Namesakes

By Meagan Burke at TulipByAnyName

Let’s ring in the New Year with some notable names associated with the month of January. As the first month of the year, January is a time of new beginnings, and offers a plethora of name inspiration. Explore these January namesakes that range from a dancer, to a gemstone, to a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

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Modern Movie Moppets with Cool Names

Child actress names

Child actresses represent the sea change in the baby name landscape, with its tremendous diversity. There are girls with boys’ names, unusual surname and nickname names, and names that are completely unique. And although we stuck here with girls under 14, I must admit it was hard to resist such boys as acting brothers Gulliver, Zen and Winta McGrath. By Linda Rosenkrantz

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