Category: baby names from movies
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.
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?
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.
If you grew up in the 1980’s you probably have fond memories of some of the fantasy adventure movies from that decade. For many, these movies were an early introduction to a different style of naming. Sometimes they were a slight twist on an old familiar name, other times they seemed completely magical and fantastical. But the great thing now is that those names are an instant reminder of those beloved films. Here are 20 of the top picks:
Atreyu (The Neverending Story) – Pronounced ah-TRAY-yoo, he was the warrior boy of the story. It is thought that the name has both Indian/Hindu origins – where it means ‘warrior’ – and German origins in the name Atreju, which means ‘son of all’. Both are quite apt for this character, who was raised by a village when his parents died. The name is still rare, but has seen some use since the early 1990’s.
Aquila (Ladyhawke) – Aquila is traditionally a male Latin name meaning ‘eagle,’ but is more often used as a girls name in America. Pronounced either ah-KEE-la or ah-KWIL-la, it was the name of the land in Ladyhawke.
Auryn (The Neverending Story) – The Auryn was the name of the amulet Atreyu wore to protect and guide him in his quest. It was also on the cover of the book Bastian was reading ‘The Neverending Story‘ from. This name could go to either gender, as it sounding similar to both girls’ name Lauren and boys’ name Oren, and has only recently started appearing on the US charts for both.