Category: pop culture
By Linda Rosenkrantz
It’s the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Monkey, the ninth zodiac sign, coming between the sheep and the rooster.
In the past, we’ve celebrated the strength of Leo and the other leonine names, as well as Bear and Wolf and Fox. But what about our fellow primates, which the Chinese characterize as smart, curious and cute? Here are some possible namesakes, both fictional and real—though it’s just conceivable that you might want to keep their simian inspiration your secret.
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.