Category: baby names from movies
By Abby Sandel
The first Star Wars movie debuted way back in 1977. If you’re welcoming a baby in 2016, chances are that you’ve never known a world without Luke and Leia, Han and Chewbacca, and, of course, the menacing Darth Vader.
Now there’s a new installment in movie theaters, the seventh theatrical release in the franchise. After some disappointing prequels, The Force Awakens is a mega-hit, with fans, critics, and the movie-going public.
Does a hit movie mean that children will be named after the characters? At least one family was already inspired to choose a Star Wars-themed name after their son was born the day the movie opened in theaters.
It helps that many of the best Star Wars baby names are very wearable and nicely on trend for 2016. You could easily give your child a name from a galaxy far, far away without it being too obvious that you’re a fan.
Or maybe you’re happy to take inspiration from a favorite series. More than 750 girls have been named Khaleesi in the last few years, so why not a few more boys with names that would fit right in on Tatooine?
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Whether or not you’ve seen the touching new movie Brooklyn, based on the Colm Tóibín novel, you’re probably aware of its award-winning star, Irish actress Saoirse Ronin, and maybe even know how to pronounce it. The name of her character in the film is Éilis Lacey, another name with a surprising pronunciation and appealing sound.
And there are other Irish names associated with the production, including those of the other actors, characters and players behind the scenes, that are well worth noting and considering—several with rich histories in Celtic mythology.
Here they are, with their pronunciations:
The book is an adventure story through a magical land, packed with action, romance and humor. The film version – made in 2007 – is also a great family film.
Rather than reimagine the names of the characters as I usually do, I’ll be focusing on the already-excellent names in the book (and a few from the movie).
This weekend I was saddened to read that legendary actress Maureen O’Hara had passed away. Maureen O’Hara, born Maureen FitzSimons, was an iconic, fiery redhead with the face of an angel. Today I’d like to look back at the names of some memorable characters O’Hara portrayed.
Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Esmeralda is a Spanish and Portuguese name meaning emerald. Esmeralda was the name of the gypsy in Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame who was loved by Quasimodo. Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes named their daughter Esmeralda Amada in September 2014. Esmeralda is currently Number 376 in popularity.