Are these the next ‘Twilight’ names?
It often feels like Twilight made a huge impact on the naming scene. Isabella and Jacob may have been top ten names before the first book was published, but the series possibly enabled them to hold onto their top positions longer than they may have otherwise. And while Edward seems to be the one anomaly that didn’t benefit from the resurgence in attention, the secondary characters in the series certainly did.
As soon as the final movie was released, critics started theorizing on what will be the next big sensation. And Nameberries have been wondering what might replace Twilight for naming inspiration.
One promising contender is Veronica Roth‘s Divergent trilogy. The first two books are Divergent and Insurgent, soon to be joined by the final book Allegiant later this year. Filming of the first movie also started earlier this year, starring Shailene Woodley (of George Clooney Oscar winner The Descendants) and Kate Winslet. But perhaps more importantly, it feels that in many ways the author has managed to tap into a naming style that may prove to be just as inspirational as Stephenie Meyer‘s.
The names and the evidence:
The books are told in the voice of Beatrice “Tris” Prior. As the series is very much about how the characters identify themselves, it’s a poignant moment when Beatrice leaves one life behind her and chooses to “remake” her life with the name Tris.
There are several ways in which this name and character are reminiscent of Isabella.
1 – The name is a classic beauty
2 – It comes with more than one great nickname option
3 – It’s already rising in popularity
4 – She’s a strong girl yet quietly reserved girl with a “unique” mind
5 – And it is this that captures the romantic attention of a an aloof but attractive, seemingly unattainable older guy.
Tobias is another fantastic classic choice with a familiar nickname, however has been hovering on the charts around the low 500’s for a few years now. Exposure from this series may be just the boost this name needs to gain some upward momentum.
Tobias is Beatrice‘s love interest, and like Beatrice Tobias has turned his back on his old life and is better known by the nickname Four (for reasons unrelated to his name). In fact, very few people in his life know his original name, and revealing his “real” name to Tris signifies the depth of his feelings for her. In many ways, this is a strong character that will likely appeal to many.
Other Worthy Mentions:
Alice, Esme, Rosalie, Emmett, Jasper and Cullen – and even Renesmee – have all experienced a surge in popularity in recent years thanks to Twilight. Luckily, the Divergent supporting characters are also rich with options for parents looking for underused classics begging to be rediscovered.
Amity (faction name)
Brooke Cussans – better known on the Nameberry forums as bluejuniper – is based in Melbourne, Australia and is the author of name blog Baby Name Pondering. She especially loves rare and unusual names.
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on August 2nd, 2013 at 8:23 am
while there are a few stunners here, Twilight definitely had the better and unique names, well at least they were, now they are everywhere lol.
ps nice to see a post with thats at least a little more substantial than just names that were posted last week as well as some real commentary and input, thanks Brooke Cussans!
on August 2nd, 2013 at 8:41 am
Love the Divergent series! Some great names in those books!
on August 2nd, 2013 at 8:50 am
I would do a happy dance if Beatrice and Tobias took off. Albert, Amity, Uriah, Zeke… yes please!
on August 2nd, 2013 at 9:42 am
Thanks orphanedhanyou, I’m glad you liked it 🙂
on August 2nd, 2013 at 9:51 am
Beatrice and Tobias. Swoon. Love them.
on August 2nd, 2013 at 12:17 pm
Someone brought this up yesterday; just excited about some positive PR for Amity 🙂
on August 2nd, 2013 at 1:35 pm
Loving loads of names from this post.
on August 2nd, 2013 at 1:38 pm
I’ll admit, I never liked the name Tobias UNTIL I read the first novel. I think reading and hearing an unfamiliar name warms me to them. I love the name Xander thanks to the Matched series.
on August 2nd, 2013 at 2:34 pm
I admit I’ve never heard of this series, although the fact that it’s a pretty obvious Hunger Games ripoff probably limited its popularity. Even the book covers/movie posters look identical. The books apparently weren’t as big sellers as The Hunger Games or Twilight, and it seems like a franchise has to be mega-huge to have any kind of impact on baby names. I guess we’ll see how it does at the box office.
on August 2nd, 2013 at 2:47 pm
I really like Beatrice and would consider it if it weren’t the middle name of a family member with whom I have a difficult relationship. Love Beatrice. I think Tobias with it as the love interest is a bit too matchy matchy. Maybe it’s a matchiness that I’d be okay with for twins though, for some reason.
Amity is lovely, as is tori.
on August 2nd, 2013 at 2:50 pm
Oh and Tobias for me will ALWAYS be an arrested development name. Makes it difficult for me to get past that! Though Toby is cute.
on August 2nd, 2013 at 6:08 pm
I’ll admit, I had never even heard the name Tobias before reading Divergent. And now it is my third favorite boys name. I probably will never use it but I love it. I don’t love it because of the character, Four (the fact that his name is Tobias isn’t revealed until late in the book), but I did love the character so that’s a bonus, because he was a strong character, he wasn’t a wimpy character like Bella was. I liked the name for the sound and the look and the nn Toby. I’ve never liked the name Beatrice, so I was glad when she changed her name to Tris. I remember thinking when I opened the book and started reading, “Her name is Beatrice, this is going to be a problem.” That’s how much I dislike the name Beatrice. Tris is an okay nn I guess. Some of the other names in the book are nice, but they’re normal nice; ex Peter, Natalie, Will, Caleb. I’ve heard all of them before. I remember thinking, “Why do they all have normal names?” They’re not stunners like Jasper or Rosalie or Emmett or Alice were. I don’t think that the names of Divergent will have a big impact on the naming world and I’m hoping that Tobias doesn’t get popular because I love it.
on August 2nd, 2013 at 11:25 pm
This book put both Beatrice and Tobias on my list… So yeah, that definitely hit me the way Rosalie and Jasper did from Twilight. But other than the two main characters, not too many WOW names in this series.
on August 3rd, 2013 at 11:19 am
I wish it wasn’t being called the next Twilight. There are no vampires and werewolves in it!
on August 4th, 2013 at 12:04 am
I loooveeeee the Divergent Series… and their Names! thumbs up 🙂
on August 4th, 2013 at 12:38 am
I love this series! It made me like Tobias and Beatrice- both names I didn’t care for. The characters in this series are very strong and powerful an I think thats what made me like the names.
on August 4th, 2013 at 3:12 pm
@clairels If you’ve never heard of the series, how exactly would you know it’s a knock off? I’ve read both series, and although there are similarities, it’s a reach to call it a knock off. Also, authors rarely have say in the cover art. 🙂
Anywho, I love both Beatrice and Tobias. Wouldn’t use them myself (not really my style), but would love to meet a little Beatrice. Can absolutely picture a Tobias, of all ages. Love Toby for a nickname. Not sure how much of an impact the series will have on these names, but we’ll see! I wouldn’t mind if those names got popular! Better than Bella or the -aiden/aydens, in my opinion!
on August 4th, 2013 at 3:53 pm
I personally love all the twilight names and my son Levi was almost Emmett or Cullen. I don’t think that Beatrice or Tobias will be as popular as the twilight names, they are not as unique or modern. Just personally my opinion, not to say they aren’t nice names but I think Stephanie Meyer had more. creativity when it comes to naming her characters.
on August 6th, 2013 at 5:20 am
Beatrice has been on “my list” since high school. The heroine from Much Ado is one of my all-time favorite characters to this day (many, MANY days later! ha!).
When Henry was in kindergarten back in 2005, we thought our baby naming days were over, but it was precious to discover a book on the classroom wishlist called, “Beatrice Doesn’t Want To,” in which the titular character hated going to the library and didn’t want to read but her older brother — wait for it — Henry kept encouraging her. My Henry thought it was awesome, and when we were finally blessed with Baby Number Two last year, he fought hard alongside me to name her Beatrice. DH hates it, loathes it. 🙁 It broke my heart to let it go, and though our girl ended up with a great name anyway, I still get a little pang when I hear Beatrice.
Beatrice has been steadily gaining in popularity in recent years, so I won’t credit this series too much if the name continues on its trajectory.
Tobias, however… Yikes. It’s a good name but anyone old enough to be a fan of Arrested Development would never consider using it. Tobias Funke, is, after all, the world’s first @n@lr@pist (“It’s pronounced a-NAL-ra-pist!” “It’s not the pronunciation that bothered me…”).
on September 17th, 2013 at 10:46 pm
@clairels: I’m guessing you read a quick plot summary of Divergent and decided it was the same as the Hunger Games only because it’s a dystopia – futuristic, corrupted society. In that case, you should read it and revel in all the differences, and not make snap judgments because the covers are slightly similar.
These names are common sounding (and very Biblical), but since there are so many frilly, unique names these days, something like Tobias or Zeke will probably stand out easily.
on November 9th, 2013 at 6:25 am
I admit divergent has some good names but I think Vampire Academy has some more unusual ones and that is coming out as a film in February.
I mean it has names like Vasilissa, Rosemary, Jesse (for a boy), Sonya
I could see these all having an increase in popularity.
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