If when you hear the words ‘adventurer’ or ‘explorer’ you get the image of a macho man in a pith helmet on a quest to discover new lands, here are the names of some women that could and should turn that image around. These are just a few of the many bold females pioneers who dared to explore uncharted areas through time and space—any of whom might make a worthy namesake for your own little adventurous girl.
If there’s a strong strain of fair hair in your family, you may be thinking about choosing a name that would have meaning for a prospective blondie. Some of these might have originated via one early bearer—see Boyd
—just as Rufus
originated as a nickname for red-haired King William
. But the names on this list? They’re all golden.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
The HBO show Girls is back, and whether you love it, hate it, or couldn’t care less, you’ve got to admit that it has probably the most interesting, eccentric, original roster of character and cast member names ever seen on TV.
First of all there are the four main characters, who each just happen to have a strikingly alliterative name: Hannah Helene Horvath, Jessa Johansson, Marnie Marie Michaels, and Shoshanna Shapiro, played by actresses named Lena, Jemima, Allison and Zosia. And guys named Adam and Ray and Elijah played by Adam and Alex and Andrew.
It’s great to win an award, but it’s also, as the saying goes, nice to be nominated. And last Sunday
Globes presented a slate of interesting names of both winners and also-rans. So while others are still parsing the performances, fashion, gags and gaffes, we’re presenting the Nameberry Awards for what we consider the twelve best names—all winners to us. (And now that the Oscar
noms have been announced, there will be even more grist for our mill to come–so stay tuned!)