It’s Pop’s turn! For Mother’s Day we took a look at some of the more interesting names of the mothers of distinguished people, and now we do the same for the paternal parent. Once more, it turns out that an unusual number of past (and a few present) notables have had Dads with interesting, and sometimes surprising, names. Here are some examples to prove the point:
ALLESSANDRO — Maria Montessori
ANDREJ — Andy Warhol
ARCHULUS — Truman Capote
Not many people are naming their babies Madonna….yet. But other formerly one-person names are now in play.
Elvis, for instance, not to mention Presley. Elvis Costello (born Declan McManus) seemed to break the spell on that one, along with one of the now-grown sons of actor Tony Perkins and photographer Berry Berenson. Today, Presley is the 340th most popular baby girl name, and there are 300 little Elvi born every year.
Other one-person names that are now fair game for baby namers:
There is, however, still only one OPRAH.
So Elvis‘s only child has given birth to twins and named them Harper and Finley. The questions that immediately pop to mind are: Are they boys? Are they girls? Are they one of each? Do we need to peek inside the diaper to find out?
Well the news is out that they are twin girls, but their names are typical of the unisex choices that are epidemically popular these days, which includes both names that have long been used by both genders, and names like these that have just recently started to cross over.
HARPER has a solid tradition as a female name, dating back to To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee, for whom it was a family name. It was more recently used for their daughters by Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos, and by Dixie Chick Martie Maguire.
FINLEY was a 100% male name until Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn bestowed it on their daughter in 2003. A good old Scottish royal name (it belonged to Macbeth’s father), it’s part of a whole clan of Fin names that are rising in popularity–Finn, Finlay/Finley, Finola/Finula, Finian, and Finnegan. And that’s not even counting Julia Roberts’ Phinnaeus.