Last week we explored boys’ names drawn from the nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards. This week we turn our attention to the girls’ list. No one will be surprised to discover that it is just a little bit longer.
Here are my picks for the most shimmering girls’ names from this year’s list of nominees:
—Arianna is in the US Top 100, but I’ve always thought the mythological Ariadne had more style. Now that she’s associated with Ellen Page’s maze-making character from “Inception,” will we hear more of her?
–Speaking of names that could fit, “Winter’s Bone” is the story of seventeen year old Ree Dolly, an Ozark mountain girl who risks all for her family. I hear Ree and think of current middle name favorites Rose and Rae.
–She’s not exactly a role model, but legendary thronewrecker Wallis Warfield Simpson, born Bessie, does have a great name. Will “The King’s Speech” help more parents discover Wallis? Anthony LaPaglia gave the name to a daughter. Wallis splits the difference between old-fashioned picks like Alice or Frances and modern surname choices like Madison or Taylor.
Did you catch Nicole Kidman’s explanation of her daughter’s name? Sunday’s little sister isn’t Faith, she’s Faith Margaret, “that Southern double name.” Double names can be tough to pull off, but I imagine that Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman might just make it work.
Speaking of names that could work, Nancy Friedman recently wrote about Naya. Nancy’s expertise is brand names, and she points out that Naya and Naia are now being worn by brands of gelato, skincare products, shoes, and wine, as well as Glee’s Naya Rivera. With several attractive meanings, and a very current sound, Naya seems sure to catch on.
In case you’re visiting nameberry just weeks before your due date, I’ll end by directing you to John Cave Osborne’s oh-so-true essay at Babble: “Coming Up With Baby Names Would Be Easier if My Wife Weren’t Pregnant.”