J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits movie theaters this weekend, full of extraordinary creatures, amazing locations, an evil wizard and a suitcase-toting hero. Oh, and lots of fantastic names, as much a trademark of Rowling’s genius as monsters and magic. Here, the most noteworthy choices with our thoughts on whether they might work for a muggle baby. — Owen Satran
by Linda Rosenkrantz
There’s an undeniable renaissance of vintage nickname names underway, particularly for girls, with Sadie, Josie, Elsie, Evie, and Millie all in the Top 400. But, folks, this ain’t nothing compared to the avalanche of nickname names found around the turn of the last century. In 1888, for example, Minnie was up at #8, and there were about 70 more nickname names in the girls’ Top 400.
by Emma Waterhouse
Over the past decade, we’ve seen starbabies named Wyatt Oliver and Wyatt Isabelle, Babyberries called Harbor Alister and Harbor Aurelia, and unisex options like Skyler and Peyton, Arrow and Linden crossing gender lines in both directions. And the number of babies receiving truly gender-neutral names (one with at least a 35:65 gender split) is up more than 60% compared to a decade ago.