Award-Winning Names: And the Berry goes to….

If the Academy can hand out their Oscars for Best Actors, it seems only fair for Nameberry to bestow its own Berry awards for Best Actors’ Names. But unlike the Academy, we’re not limiting ourselves to the year just past, but are considering all the Best and Supporting Actor/Actress winners over time. Since two of the four current top girl baby names were Oscar winners decades ago, we won’t be including them–Sophia Loren took home the Best Actress prize for Two Women in 1961 and Olivia de Havilland won two Oscars– in 1946 for To Each His Own (based on a Salinger story) and in 1949 for The Heiress (based on Henry James).  Here, then the Lifetime Berry Awards for best names!


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Anjelica Houston got the Supporting Actress award for her role as Maerose Prizzi in Prizzi’s Honor in 1985. Anjelica is a more dainty and delicate alternative to Angelina---and we think the prettiest of the Angel names.

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rgp19 Says:

February 24th, 2012 at 12:56 am

I think my favorite names from this list is Mira and Javier:)

afmastro Says:

February 24th, 2012 at 8:04 am

I’m surprised Spencer isn’t more popular. It is one of my favorites. I also have a soft spot for Colin, and will never tire of it unless it hits the top 5!

I know someone who named their cat, Mrs. Miniver. What a great name for a cat.

kgcg31 Says:

February 24th, 2012 at 11:00 am

A bunch of really great names . . . Love Mira, Ingrid, and Gwyneth . . . I agree that people immediately associate the latter with Ms. Paltrow. She is actually a pretty nice name association, as she seems kind and grounded . . . However, I’m sure sure that’s what keeps this pretty name from getting more popular . . . I have to say, I have a really soft spot in my heart for Humphrey (Oscar winnner Bogart)- so utterly dashing- but pretty much unusable in this day and age.

miloowen Says:

February 24th, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Glad to see Maximilian Schell on this list, as he’s a terrific actor. Maximilian and Maxim, Ingrid, Gwyneth, and Colin are all favourites of mine. I agree, though, about adding Humphrey and I would have added Irene for Irene Dunne as well.

GoodHope Says:

February 24th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Olympia! Ooh, I love it so much! Ingrid, Greer, Colin, and Spencer make my list of favorites too.

I also love Forest/Forrest, but the reaction I get when I bring it up to most people IRL leads me to believe Forrest Gump has tarnished the name more than you might think.

kyemsma Says:

February 24th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Colin and Gwyneth are my favorites from this list.

ginatatlock Says:

February 24th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Angelica is my daughters names :o)

Scrambledmegs Says:

February 25th, 2012 at 12:03 am

Love Greer and Tatum! I went to high school with a female Tatum and have loved the name ever since.

Nook of Names Says:

February 25th, 2012 at 7:35 am

Excellent selection; I have to say I’m quite surprised we’re not seeing more of Greer yet — it has a very contemporary feel to it.

Have always loved Ingrid.

littlebrownpony Says:

February 25th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

My name is Greer!!!

CourtneyMarie Says:

February 25th, 2012 at 9:43 pm

I would be very shocked if Anjelica was a popular name for the children of my generation…I think Rugrats ruined that name for a lot of people.

Sunday Summary: 2/26/12 | Appellation Mountain Says:

February 26th, 2012 at 10:11 am

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