Category: music names
Here’s an idea: Why not make your child an award winner from the get-go, and give him or her a name with the bonus point of a ‘best of’ association? We’re all familiar with Oscar and Tony and Emmy, but there are lots of other award names that aren’t as well known, most represeningt a distinguished namesake. And no, we’re not suggesting using Nobel or Pulitzer or Pritzger.
Agatha: Named for Agatha Christie, the Agatha Awards are given to mystery authors writing in the vein of the creator of Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot—that is, featuring an amateur detective and sans sex or violence. Agathas are bestowed at an annual convention in Washington, D.C. in several categories, from novels to children’s mysteries.
Amanda: Named for an old Norwegian sea shanty, Amandas have been given since 1985 by the Norwegian International Film Festival to stimulate interest in Norwegian films
Clio: Named for the Greek muse of history, a “source of inspiration and genius,” the Clios have been awarded since 1959 for creative excellence in advertising
Effie: The Effie Awards are marketing communications awards given yearly to honor the most effective marketing communications ideas. Started in 1968 in the US by the New York American Marketing Association, they then expanded globally.
Emmy: The Emmy Awards are the TV equivalent of the movie Oscars and the music Grammys, presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The name is a variation of “immy,” the image orthicon tubes used in early video cameras– which is why the statuette depicts a winged woman holding an atom.
What could be sweeter than for your baby to have its (I know–you can’t call it ‘it’) own theme song, a readymade melody featuring his or her name, for you to sing along and dance to together? Some of the most appealing of these can be found in the Oldies section, from the era of first-generation, classic and folk rock.
A logical place to check out first is the Beatles Songbook, which actually has had something of an influence on baby naming. It was no coincidence that when “Michelle, ma belle” won the Grammy Song of the Year award in 1966, Michelle was simultaneously shooting up the name popularity list. And now Jude–which took awhile ( linking to the good looks and sunny personality of Jude Law didn’t hurt)–is moving up the charts.
Here, names taken from Beatles titles: