Category: hero names
Then again, your hero or heroine may be from your own family and circle of friends and acquaintances: a favorite teacher, an acquaintance you’ve always admired.
Celebrities have recently been incorporating hero names into their choices for their children: Mariah Carey‘s daughter is named Monroe after Marilyn, for instance, while Jennifer Jason Leigh and Noah Baumbach named their son Rohmer, for French director Eric. Â Several politicians in recent years haveÂ named their children Kennedy, for example, a conscious choice to identify with that powerful political family and legacy.
Exactly forty-three years ago, on July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 spaceflight landed the first humans, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on the moon, with Armstrong being the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later, famously describing the event as âone small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.âÂ This effectively ended the space race with Russia and fulfilled a goal set by John F. Kennedy in 1961.
Apolloâ The Apollo program was named after the Greek god of light, music and the sun by NASA manager Abe Silverstein, who said he chose it âlike Iâd name my baby,â after Â perusing a mythology bookÂ and seeing an image of Apollo riding his chariot across the sun.
Though its current associations might run more to barbecues, picnics and parades, Memorial Day conjures up a load of historic references dating back to its post-Civil War origins, as well as some more contemporary traditions.
There are several blogs-worth of noteworthy Civil War generalsâ names aloneâAlpheus, Americus, Cassius, Gustavus, Lafayette, Napoleon, Pleasant, Romeyn, for starters– but for now weâve included just a few of the most intriguing, as well as some less obvious Memorial Day names associated with the holiday.
BLUE and GREYâThe colors of the Â uniforms of the Union and Confederate soldiers fighting the Civil War (the Confederate soldiers sometimes referred to the Yankees disparagingly as âbluebelliesâ), Â Blue and Gray are the current coolest of the unisex color names. Blue Ivy is the much-discussed name picked by BeyoncĂ© and Jay-Z for their daughter; actress Jenna von Oy recently named her daughter Gray.
CATHAYâCathay Williamsâaka William Cathayâwas one of many women who passed as men to serve as Civil War soldiers.Â A former slave, she was the first African-American woman to enlist. Cathay is an evocative old term for China used by Marco Polo that could make an interesting choiceâif it werenât in danger of being constantly confused with Cathy.
I was sitting here last week, making a list of what I was thinking of as Modern Hero Names â you know, like Palin and Winslet â when the news came in about the names Mariah Carey had chosen for her newborn twins. Sheâd given her daughter the Old Man Name of Monroe, she said, to honor one of her heroines, Marilyn Monroe.
Bingo. Iâd been hesitating a bit about whether this was a real trend, but Careyâs choice confirmed it. Thereâs a new generation of Modern Hero Names that are, typically, surnames and that honor heroes and heroines who may not have been considered baby-worthy before now.
Not only do the namesakes need to be surprising and cool; their names have to be too. So weâre going to disqualify choices like Armani, Chanel, Kennedy, and Lincoln that are feeling a bit too familiar these days.
Modern Hero Names weâve heard:
Bowie â Are parents honoring rocker David Bowie or do they just like this Western-sounding name? Whichever: Three times as many baby boys received the name in 2010 as 2009 and 19 baby girls were called Bowie too.
Last year the world was falling into the icy clutches of the vampires. The Salvatore brothers of L.J. Smithâs The Vampire Diaries were fighting over the beautiful Elena Gilbert, lethally handsome Edward Cullen once again rescued his mortal love, Bella Swann from a gruesome death in the new Twilight movie, Eclipse, and a vampire child by the name of Abby has been terrifying audiences in Matt Reeveâs new film Let Me In.
Unfortunately, not all of us are lucky enough to escape the bite of immortality, but fear not fellow name lovers! There is hope for us mortals yet, a hope that comes in a very furry form.
This Halloween goes to the wolves. The vampire reign is in danger of coming to a close as the popularity of werewolves quickly rises. The vampire-werewolf rivalry is one of the oldest feuds in existence, so itâs no wonder that we humans have been caught in the middle once again. At least the wolves will get the vampires off our backs for a bit. Right?
Okay. You may be thinking that werewolves are just as bad as vampires, but letâs think about this. Unlike vampires who have absolutely no escape from their condition, unless they go a day without sunscreen, werewolves only change during a full moon. So if someone you love is carrying the curse of the Lycan, itâs best to take a little vacation from them once a month. After all, we all need a little me time. Also, werewolves arenât constantly craving your blood. Theyâre actually quite normal in human form (I should know because I used to date one), whereas vampires obsess over the sound of blood pumping through your veins. Hence, werewolves are the lesser of two evils.