Category: Celebrity Names

By Clare Bristow

This week’s news includes Ninja Turtles, hyphenated names, and inspiration from Portugal and Iceland.

Celebrity baby girl names: Mabel and Alana

If you’re looking for a sweet feminine name, this week’s celebrity births might inspire you.

Mabel Jane is the new daughter of actors Ashley Hinshaw and Topher Grace. Gently vintage without being frilly, both her names are fmiliar but not super-popular: Mabel is #513 and Jane is #279. Mabel is one to watch, though: it’s risen fast since re-entering the top 1000 in 2013, and it’s just outside the top 100 on the Nameberry chart.

Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo welcomed a daughter, Alana Martina. She joins siblings Cristiano Jr, Mateo and Eva. According to a video on Ronaldo’s social media a couple of weeks before the birth, naming her was a democratic process: each parent chose one name. It’s lucky they go together so well!

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By Kara Blakley

Few eras can claim the kind of mystique that the 1960s have. Flower power, social change, and good music are just a few things that immediately come to mind. 1967 saw the Summer of Love, a reaction against an unpopular war and a celebration of counterculture values. Since the 1967 was 50 years ago, this list contains 25 boy names and name ideas from that time., with 25 girls’ names to follow.

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By Joe Satran

At the movie theater, we’re living in the Age of Marvel. Last weekend, Thor: Ragnarok, the latest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), opened at the top of the box office with a $122 million U.S. debut, pushing the total of the series past the $13 billion mark. That’s almost as much as Harry Potter and Star Wars combined!

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By Clare Bristow

This week’s news includes super-rare names for girls, celebrity baby boys, samurai babies, cosmic cars, and a billionaire.

The naming road not taken

Do you have Ophelia on your mind? You’re not alone. This Shakespearean name is the 18th most popular name on Nameberry, so it looks like a lot of people are considering Ophelia, even if they don’t use it.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

The Netflix streaming series Stranger Things became an instant pop culture phenom almost the minute it debuted last year, charming both critics and fans. A Sci-Fi-fantasy-horror homage created by the Duffer brothers, it won Screen Actors Guild Awards and received 18 Primetime Emmy nominations, including for Outstanding Drama Series. Its second season, which takes place one year after the first, commences this week.

Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, this is a supernatural world, complete with a monster-inhabited alternate dimension known as the Upside Down.

We see it, too, as a source of highly unusual names, not only for its characters, but, interestingly, also for the actors who play them. Set in the early 1980s, many of the characters have era-appropriate monikers—Winona Ryder’s mom character is Joyce, and there are also Carol, Mike, Jim, Jonathan, Steve, Becky, Karen, Nancy, Billy and Holly—names that could come straight out of a 1980s (or earlier) sitcom.

But here are some names of the mostly young cast that you wouldn’t find there.

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