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By Linda Rosenkrantz

A couple of weeks ago we covered the Golden Globe nominee names, and now, as predicted and promised, we have a wider field to pick from with the new Oscar nominations, which include a wide range of behind-the-scenes people.  Not surprisingly, as a reflection of the gender imbalance in the industry, there are a lot more boys’ than girls’ names.

So here are some of the best names that were not included on the Golden Globes slate, with several interesting international choices in the mix.

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Adruitha –(Adruitha Lee, Makeup and Hairstyling, Dallas Buyers Club) A completely unique name—Adruitha Lee is reputedly the only Adruitha listed in any U.S. phone book.

Celestine—(French Animated Feature title, Ernest and Celestine) In this charming French animated film, Celestine is a mouse—but one who is an artist and a dreamer. Celestine is a pretty, crystalline diminutive of Celeste, commonly heard on its native soil.

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As a holiday season extra, we’re serving up a second helping of one of our favorite past Christmas slideshows.

Looking for Christmas names for your holiday-season babe? Well, you can forget about those old chestnut choices likeNoel/NoelleHollyNatalieEveMerryCarol and Claus. A much more original idea might be to look at some of the classic and current Christmas movies for interesting character names that would do the job more subtly. But don’t worry– we’re not suggesting Ebenezer or Clarence.

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Alonzo

Alonzo was the name of both the father and the brother (both called by nickname Lon) in the Smith family in this “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” flick, "Meet Me in St. Louis," starring Judy Garland. This dashing Latinate name, which has always ranked in the Top 1000, is ready for wider use. Don’t like Lon? You can call me Al.

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By Tara Ryazansky

The season is finally here.  That first twinge of cold weather makes most people run for pumpkin lattes, cute sweaters and apple picking, but I must admit I start thinking about Halloween by the end of August.  It’s the part of Autumn that I get most excited for.  The costumes, the decorations, the new release horror movies and the old ones playing on television.But it got me thinking, can a horror movie ruin a great baby name?  Lots of creepy character names have gotten more popular after gaining notoriety in scary films.  Damien, Gage, Regan and Samara all became more appealing to new parents despite belonging to evil children onscreen.  Which names can rise above those awful associations and which ones are unwearable because of them?

Damien- Damien Thorn, what a great sounding name.  Too bad it’s the name of evil incarnate!  At least it is in the 1976 movie The Omen, and in the 2006 reboot that they probably made just to drag a lovely name through the mud all over again!  The Omen is such a classic film that plenty of people think Damien is synonymous with Devil Child or Son of the Devil.  The name actually means to tame or subdue and it has lots of nicer namesakes.  Still, the Damian spelling might be a better choice unless you’re a horror fanatic.

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Is there only one Romeo?

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In our first book Beyond Jennifer & Jason, we talked about One-Person Names — appellations like Elvis (at that time) and Oprah and Aretha that were tied inextricably to one person.

The same phenomenon applies to some names from pop culture, though these can change over time.  Juliet has definitely transcended its Shakespearean associations, though is Romeo still rooted to the tragic stage?  What about Clementine, which for decades would inspire a chorus of “Oh My Darlin’” but now may have escaped that fate?

Our question of the week is:

Which names are still tied to one person, character, association?

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by Angela Mastrdonato of Upswing Baby Names

Boy names have inspired me lately. Here are some brilliant names with masculine swagger and a bit of 1960′s charm. If I were to write a novel with beatnik characters, these would be the names of the male characters. In my opinion they embody the motorcycle-riding poet.

These names were loosely inspired by the media portrayal of beatniks from the late 50′s-early 60′s. Beatniks were portrayed young adults who wore black turtlenecks with berets, hung out in coffee shops, recited poetry and expressed anti-establishment sentiments. They were precursors to the hippies.

These weren’t necessarily names of real beatniks or popular baby names in the 60′s, but most have a retro feel and many have artistic or literary associations. These names seem cultured with an edge.

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