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Movie character names may be the only names cooler than the names of the stars that play them. In fact, with the exception of Jack, which has long seemed to be the name of the male character in every other movie and TV adventure show, characters' names veer from the unusual to the outlandish. A few, such as Trinity from The Matrix, jumped right onto the popularity charts.

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  • Ulysses

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    Ulysses is one of the few U boys' names anyone knows -- with heavy links to the Homeric hero, eighteenth president Grant (christened Hiram Ulysses), and the James Joyce novel -- all of which makes ... Read More 

  • Vivi

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    Vivi is a short form of all the Vivian and Viveca forms that is sure to get a lot more attention now that a little Jolie-Pitt girl has been named Vivienne. Read More 

  • Wolverine

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    Fox, okay. Buck, maybe. But Wolverine? You gotta be kidding us. On the plus side, your five-year-old will love you for giving him this superhero name. Your fifteen-year-old, not so much. Read More 

  • Wren

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    Wren, a lilting songbird name, could be the next Robin, and makes a particularly pleasing middle name choice, as does her newly discovered cousin Lark. This petite bird was regarded in Ireland as ... Read More 

  • Yvaine

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    A mix of Yvonne and Elaine, Yvaine was first noticed in the Neil Gaiman fantasy novel and then movie Stardust , in which Claire Danes played the 'fallen star' Yvaine. It is now attracting namer at... Read More 

  • Zee

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    As a nickname for one of the longer Z-starting choices, maybe, but not as a name unto itself. Read More 

  • Zinaida

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    This unusual name belonged to a character played by Kirsten Dunst in an early film.  Read More 

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