Category: baby names from movies
Now is an exciting time for fans of The Jungle Book. The live-action remake of the classic Disney film has been a box-office hit, and there’s news that another film from Warner Brothers is due in 2018.
By Lauren Der
Olivia has been the second most popular girls’ name in the US for the two years running, and Golden Age Hollywood star Olivia de Havilland was one of the first people to bring it to prominence here decades ago. The last surviving star of Gone With the Wind, we salute her as she celebrates her 100th birthday today.
The name Olivia has long been popular apart from the actress’s fame. De Havilland’s actress mother named her after Olivia in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Her sister, actress Joan Fontaine, began calling her Livvie as a child, a nickname that stuck throughout her life. Despite the star’s popularity, her name didn’t spike through the height of her fame in the 30s and 40s, reaching the Top 10 only in 2001.
Here, a look at the names of the characters Olivia De Havilland played. Are any of them as appealing as Olivia itself?
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Marilyn Monroe was unquestionably the sex symbol of midcentury America. And even though everyone knew she was born Norma Jean, she became big enough to be known simply as Marilyn. (Though Marilyn hasn’t caught on like other Old Hollywood stars, there has been something of a revival of Monroe, in tribute to her.) It’s interesting to take a look at the names of the characters she inhabited in her relatively short career (barely 15 years), to see which ones played on her sensual image, and which worked against it.
By Abby Sandel
Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in the US, and that means movies.
Not just any movies, either. The summer schedule is packed with potential blockbusters – as much romance and action and intrigue as you can stuff into two hours and a bucket of popcorn.
Summer movies could inspire some spectacular baby names. Ewan MacGregor is playing a character called Peregrine Makepeace in Our Kind of Traitor, and that fabulously named quartet of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will also return to the big screen.
But many of the more intriguing character names this summer belong to the ladies. From history lessons to fantasy, beloved characters to newcomers, there are great girl name possibilities on the silver screen from May right through Labor Day.
Let’s take a look at the girls of summer, which could make great baby names for a daughter expected later this year.
Aladdin Sane was David Bowie‘s 1973 album. Although people often forget the name of this Bowie persona (a pun on A Lad Insane), his image is one of the most memorable: a face crossed by a lightning bolt to represent a divided self. A continuation of Ziggy Stardust, it was partly inspired by David Bowie‘s brother Terry, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Aladdin features in The 1001 Nights as a boy who becomes trapped in a cave by a wicked magician, but escapes with the help of a genie. A pantomime staple, it has also been made into a popular Disney film.
The name Aladdin is an Anglicised form of the Arabic name Ala Al-Din, meaning “excellent in faith”. Aladdin has been rarely used as an English name, and probably reminds people too strongly of the magical lamp.