Category: Celebrity Names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
In our previous salutes to Black History Month, we’ve looked back to Civil Rights and cultural heroes and other barrier breakers of the past. Today, instead, we’re focusing on the present– the history that’s being made right now with the breakthrough on diversity via the increased numbers of this year’s nominees and winners of various screen awards, with many more people of color making the lists than ever before. These include not just actors but directors, producers, writers and musicians.
Here are some of the more outstanding names.
By Sophie Kihm
New year, new celebrity pregnancy announcements! And boy did we start off with a bang. Zooey Deschanel, who is often credited with giving us the best baby name of 2015 (Elsie Otter!) is going to be a mom for the second time. Jill Duggar is also pregnant with her second child. With her oldest son named Israel, I can’t wait to see what name she chooses next. There also are quite a few first-time moms on this month’s list, including actresses Lily Rabe, Laura Prepon, and lifestyle guru Lauren Conrad. So far 2017 is shaping up to be a great year for celebrity pregnancy announcements. Let’s keep that momentum going into February!
Here’s the full list:
It’s easy to see the how a catchy, name-centric song like “Jolene” or “Hey There Delilah” might make a particular baby name trendy. But did you know that the names of singers can sometimes be just as influential as the names in lyrics?
Each of the female vocalists below popularized her unusual name enough to boost it onto the U.S. baby name charts for the very first time.
January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, getting its name from the Roman God Janus, who was associated with new beginnings. Let’s look to past January’s for notable name inspiration associated with this month.
Author (Pearl) Zane Grey was born on January 31, 1872. He was best known for his Western genre adventure novels: Grey’s works portraying the American frontier have been translated into more than 112 movies and TV shows. Zane is an English surname name that may possibly be a variation of John. Currently at Number 233 in the US, Zane is a bit more popular amongst name enthusiast here on Nameberry, where it ranks at Number 91. Actor Heather Tom has a son named Zane Alexander, and singer Mindy McCready used the spelling Zayne for her son.