Names to Steal from Holiday Movies
Somewhere between roasting the turkey and trimming the tree, millions of us will also find time to go to the movies. After all, there’s a new Marvel superhero, a Disney heroine, more than one outer space adventure, plenty of promising indie hits, plus installments in the Star Wars and Harry Potter universes. Who could stay away?
The blockbuster season features a bounty of baby name possibilities, from the old-fashioned to the brand new. Could one of these movies launch the next big baby name trend? Pass the popcorn, and let’s take a look at the contenders. By Abby Sandel
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes place in Harry Potter’s wizarding world, but seven decades earlier – and across an ocean. Beasts brings British wizard Newt Scamander to Depression-era New York. He meets the deeply troubled Credence. The name feels antique, but Credence has never been used in significant numbers.
- Harry Potter’s wizarding world, but seven decades earlier – and across an ocean. Beasts brings British wizard Newt Scamander to Depression-era New York. He meets the deeply troubled Credence. The name feels antique, but Credence has never been used in significant numbers." >
- Star Wars movies come with memorable names, and Rogue One upholds the tradition. This new story features Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, a veteran member of the Rebel Alliance, serving as guide to young Jyn Erso as they attempt to steal the plans for the Death Star. Other intriguing names from the blockbuster include Orson, Lyra, Bodhi, Galen, and, of course, Jyn." >
- Creed comes to the big screen this season. Instead of long-time game hero Desmond, we’re introduced to Callum. He’s a career criminal who discovers he’s descended from a fifteenth century assassin. Popular elsewhere in the English-speaking world for years, Callum is slowly starting to catch on in the US." >
- Nadine, and her BFF Krista. But the stand-out name belongs to Nadine’s older brother, Darian. It’s never been common, but might fit right in with popular picks like Adrian and Julian. Darian also brings to mind overlooked Darius, the name of an ancient Persian king." >
- Earth, but he’s the first human born on Mars. Asa Butterfield’s character answers to the handsome Gardner. It’s a surname name with a dose of the outdoors, a promising combination. Another standout character name from the movie? Tulsa." >
- Doctor Strange is already a hit, featuring acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch as surgeon-turned-superhero Dr. Stephen Strange. Will the movie reverse Stephen’s slide? Or will ancient Nicodemus, the name of Strange’s rival, finally attract some attention? With built-in nicknames Nico and Nick, it seems rich with potential." >
- Jennifer Lawrence has faced all sorts of peril on the big screen. In Passengers, she’s aboard a space ship with Chris Pratt, answering to the appropriately celestial Aurora. Trivia note: actress Aurora Perrineau, daughter of actor Harold, also appears in the movie, as Celeste. Aurora entered the US Top 100 this year, and with another boost, could be headed even higher." >
- Louise is set to return to the US Top 1000 soon! Amy Adams answers to the classic name in Arrival. She’s a linguist sent to communicate with aliens who arrive on Earth. Louise ranked in the US Top 100 into the 1940s, but hasn’t charted in twenty-five years. With other Lou- names, like Lucy and Luna, in vogue, Louise just makes sense." >
- John Glenn’s history-making space flight. Dorothy Vaughn is played by Oscar winner Octavia Spencer. After slowly inching up the charts in recent years, could this send Dorothy soaring?" >
- Lin-Manuel Miranda, how can Disney’s Moana miss? The heroine’s name means ocean in most Polynesian languages. Not every Disney princess name inspires, but parents love vowel-heavy names and nature themes, so maybe Moana is the logical sister to Kai. Pronounce it with three syllables: mo ah na." >
- Brad Pitt’s first post-split movie debut is Allied. He plays a spy married to a spy – who might be a double agent. Marion Cotillard plays his is-she/isn’t-she wife, Marianne. The World War II thriller features an appealing list of names, like Bridget and Emmanuel. French, literary, and romantic Marianne has been overlooked in the US for decades. Could 2017 be its year?" >
- Jacqueline ranked in the US Top 100 for seven decades, from the 1920s onward. It’s synonymous with former First Lady Jacqueline “Jackie” Kennedy, later Onassis. Now Natalie Portman is donning the signature pillbox hat in a new biopic. But will it increase interest in the classic name? With Genevieve and Madeleine in favor, why not?" >
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on November 25th, 2016 at 7:53 am
I’m surprised Seraphina (from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) didn’t make the list. It’s long and femenine without being frilly- I actually think it’s a very string, powerful name- and it comes with many built in nicknames. And if the character is half a badass as she seems in the trailer, I can see the name climbing quite a few steps in popularity
I have to agree that all those names might find themselves boosted by the movies though. Screenwriters should get a hats-off for giving their characters such amazing names!
on November 25th, 2016 at 8:41 am
Quite a good article. Anyway looking for baby name, kindly check out this http://www.suggestbabynames.com/meaning_of_african_boyname_asante.html
on November 25th, 2016 at 3:56 pm
I’m a huge fan of Jacqueline!
on November 26th, 2016 at 3:17 pm
I’m glad to see Nicodemus getting some recognition. I have one only we spell it with a K and his nn is Nick. 🙂
on December 13th, 2016 at 4:08 am
Good names but I don’t think I can use them. Anyway, more baby names are on this site http://www.suggestbabynames.com/meaning_of_african_boyname_dakarai.html
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