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
and Winta McGrath. By Linda Rosenkrantz
Which famous figures have the largest influence on baby names right now?The most important baby name influencers are a fascinating mix of actors, writers, sports stars, musicians, and historical figures. What they all share: A charismatic and sometimes heroic image that can inspire parents….and their young namesakes.
Here, based on their names’ standings in the current US list of most popular names, are the biggest baby name influencers of our time.
— Pamela Redmond Satran
You know these famous faces from magazine covers and movie credits. But do you know their real
names? These twelve celebrities all started out life with another name – often one far less glamorous and trend-setting than the names we know them by. Some stage names are subtle departures from birth names, while others are a complete makeover. By Abby Sandel
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Ever since I spotted the name Honeysuckle on the credits of the ITV series Foyle’s War, I have been riveted by the cast rolls at the end of other British shows. For if the characters on these comedies and dramas have good names, some of the actors—particularly the women—have fantastic ones, and to me at least, they seem quintessentially British. Here are some of the best I’ve spotted.