Category: television baby names
Okay, so the Fashion Police have had their say, praising and pillorying the various gowns and guy clothes on the Golden Globes Red Carpet by designers from Armani to Zak Posen–scrutinizing everything from Charlize Theron’s sparkly headband to Evan Rachel Wood’s Christian Louboutins.
Now it’s time for us Name Police to have our turn. Not that we would ever say anything negative about anyone’s appellation, but we did want to point out some of the award-worthy names we discovered among the cast members and characters in this year’s Golden Globe winning movies and TV shows.
Adriana—Adriana is the beautiful fantasy mistress of artists Braque, Modigliani and Picasso, played by Marion Cotillard, in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. A lovely Italian name that is perfectly at home in English-speaking countries.
Amara—Amara Miller is the 11-year-old actress who plays George Clooney’s precocious daughter Scottie King in The Descendents—her first movie role. Amara is a strong, sweet, stylish name that means “lovely forever.”
Cora—The Rt. Hon. Cora, Countess of Grantham, is the American-born mistress of Downton Abbey, played by the American-born actress Elizabeth McGovern. Cora is a gentle, old-fashioned name that has recently been rejuvenated.
Djuna—Djuna Barnes is one of the real-life Parisienne icons who resurface in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. The exotic name, pronounced JOO-na, has long been associated with that early 20th century American novelist, but we can see it being adopted by cutting-edge baby namers.
2011 was quite a year for celebrity baby names, but then again, you could say that for every recent year. Some stars this year mined new old-fashioned sources of inspiration, while others went wild with inventions of their own. Here, the Nameberry Awards for the best, the worst, the weirdest, and the wildest celebrity baby names of 2011.
Rather than being tributes to bygone stars, these seem to be lucky—or unlucky—accidents. Celine Dion appears to have inadvertently saluted stiff 1930’s operetta star Nelson Eddy with the combined names of her twin boys, while Niki Taylor (possibly unknowingly) paid tribute to Rex Harrison, the star of My Fair Lady.
Newest celebrity gender bender
Knoxville and Collette picked this conventionally male (but unconventional) name for different gender children in the same year. Other gender boundary breakers: Martha Stewart’s granddaughter Jude, Mariah Carey’s daughter Monroe, and quarterback Peyton Manning’s little girl Mosley Thompson.
The names of characters from the television shows that we watched when we were young often stick with us forever, from kiddie shows to teen-oriented programs to favorite sitcoms. Grover, Oscar, Kermit–those Muppetish images are hard to shake: Oscar seems to have recovered from his Grouchiness, but Kermit might stay green forever. Ditto the shows we might have been glued to through our school years–especially if they happened to feature a teen idol.
A name from an old TV show might remain with us because we found it especially appealing, or if it was attached to a favorite character, or perhaps if we hadn’t heard the name before, giving it a fresh resonance. Here’s a list of some examples from the past few decades that fit one or more of those criteria and which might inspire a baby name choice today. (Some of the shows continued running from one decade to the next, but we’ve listed them under the one they started in.)
1970s TELEVISION SHOWS
ALMANZO — Little House on the Prairie
BAILEY (girl)– WKRP in Cincinnati
BLAIR — The Facts of Life
BO –The Dukes of Hazzard
DAISY — The Dukes of Hazzard
FLORIDA — Good Times
TANNER — The Bad News Bears
1980s TELEVISION SHOWS
ADDISON — Moonlighting
ALEXIS — Dynasty
BRUNO — Fame
COCO — Fame
COLT — The Fall Guy
LEONARDO — Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
LILITH — Cheers
LIBERTY — De Grassi, The Last Generation
MADDIE — Moonlighting
MALLORY — Family Ties
SUMMER — Baywatch
THEO — The Cosby Show
WINNIE — The Wonder Years
ZAX — Benji, Zax & The Alien Prince
1990s TELEVISION SHOWS
AIDAN — Sex in the City
BRIGHT — 7th Heaven
COSMO — Seinfeld
FELICITY — Felicity
FOX — The X-Files
GENEVA — Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper
GRIFFIN — Party of Five
MABEL — Mad About You
MEADOW — The Sopranos
MIRANDA — Sex in the City
OWEN — Party of Five
PIPER — Charmed
PO — Teletubbies
PRUE — Charmed
SIX — Blossom
URSULA — Mad About You
ZOEY — Cybill/Zoey 101
Do you have your own nostalgic favorites? Is there one that you’ve actually used or would consider using for your child?