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Last week we looked at the ladies, and now we cross over to the other side of the gender divide—for some of the immortal male movie characters whose names have endured. It was really tough winnowing down this list and saying goodbye to some worthy examples with too-common names (Andy Hardy, George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, Bogart’s Rick in Casablanca, Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry); plus over-the-top baddies like Travis Bickle, Norman Bates and Hannibal Lector– and a goofball namesake like Austin Powers. But here are a dozen great names of great characters.

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Predicting Starbaby Names of 2014

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By Tara Ryazansky

We all took guesses at what the British royal baby would be named.  We brushed up on ‘K’ names to make bets at what Kimye would name their daughter.  I haven’t thought much about celebrity baby names now that George and North are here though, but it looks like 2014 is going to be a great year for famous baby names, judging by the pregnancies that have already been announced. I thought I’d make some predictions.

Actress Olivia Wilde & comedian, Jason Sudeikis are expecting their first child together.  Wilde is a stage name—her original surname being Cockburn, coming from a celebrated family of writers.  The choice of Wilde makes me think she has a clever sense of humor and might pick a name with an equally interesting namesake for her child–something bohemian or perhaps she will favor a nature name.  Since her partner is a writer and comedian, I expect that they will pick something compelling, with intellectual wit and hipster cool.
My guesses:  Ulysses, Beauregard, Vernon, Maude, Lake, Lavinia

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If you’re looking for a name with perfect symmetry and balance, nothing could fit the bill better than a palindromic appellation, meaning one that reads the same backwards and forwards. Granted, that’s a pretty limited field, and a lot of the choices begin and end with the letter ‘a’ with only one consonant in-between, but there are a few others as well. Here are the most usable:

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I’m sure you’re all really busy making preparations to celebrate National Radio Day tomorrow, the day set aside to commemorate old time radio—I but hope you can take some time out to look at these interesting vintage radio character names we’ve dug up.

They date back to a time, from the 1930s to the fifties, when listening to the radio was the only home entertainment there was, aside from harmonizing around the piano. Moms tuned in to their daily soap operas— often only fifteen minutes long—as they feather-dusted and darned Junior’s socks, before Junior rushed home from school to hear the latest adventure of Don Winslow of the NavyAnd in the evening the whole family would gather around the big console to laugh at Baby Snooks or shudder at Suspense Theater.

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Guest blogger Aislinn Nicole is a fan of both baby names and George R. R. Martin‘s epic Game of Thrones series.  Here, she combines enthusiasms and helps us navigate the names of the new season.

The people of George R.R. Martin’s book series A Song of Ice and Fire (adapted by HBO to become the TV series Game of Thrones) are very much like the people of our world.  Martin’s characters are vivid and real, and their names are an extension of that, including interesting similarities and alternatives to several classic names.

There’s the simple and lovely Jeyne, pronounced just like JaneTywin and Tyrion are similar to Tyler, while Edmure and Eddard sound much like our Edmund and EdwardMarcella was my grandmother’s name, so Myrcella holds a particular fondness for me.  There are a dozen other examples in the series… and some names you’ll never have heard before, that are equally lovely.

Game of Thrones is about a continent (Westeros) of feuding noble families, all vying to control the Iron Throne.   At the beginning of the series, the Iron Throne is held by King Robert Baratheon, who requests the aid of his childhood friend Eddard Stark to help him keep the Iron Throne which he won by defeating House Targaryen.  Below, the noble houses are listed with the main characters included as well as some characters with more interesting names. Note: some of the characters listed don’t appear (or become important) until later in the series, but they are simply too good to exclude.

If you’re interested in knowing more about Game of Thrones, the series’ first season came out on DVD March 6th, and the second season began on HBO on April 1st.  For the real experience though, I’d recommend the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, whose first book is called A Game of Thrones.

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