Names to Steal from Holiday Movies

November 24, 2016 Abby Sandel

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.

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Abby Sandel is nameberry's Senior Editor and resident Name Sage. Look for her baby name news round-ups every Monday, and her Name Sage columns on Wednesdays. Abby is the creator of the baby name blog Appellation Mountain and mom to Alex and Clio. For a chance to have your questions answered, contact Abby at

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