J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits movie theaters this weekend, full of extraordinary creatures, amazing locations, an evil wizard and a suitcase-toting hero. Oh, and lots of fantastic names, as much a trademark of Rowling’s genius as monsters and magic. Here, the most noteworthy choices with our thoughts on whether they might work for a muggle baby. — Owen Satran
There are thousands of cool baby names, but which are the very coolest? We’ve pulled together a collection of 28 names ancient and modern, traditional and invented, that all share a contemporary image of cool. Which ones do you think are the coolest?
by Linda Rosenkrantz
Fall is in the air, and one of its most vivid visual symbols is that of the blazing colors of autumn leaves as they turn—the vivid reds and yellows and oranges. If you’d like to use the season of your baby’s birth as name inspiration, one focus for autumn baby names is the color orange —the fruit, as well as flowers, gems and people.
Urban Prairie is the hottest fashion trend, according to a recent article in The New York Times, typified by high-necked, ruffled, flowered dresses appropriate for, perhaps, watering sunflowers in the garden of your Brooklyn brownstone. One of the designers profiled in the piece was Katherine Kleveland of the line Doen, whose children are named Prairie, Wilder, and Shepard.
Those names are pretty on-the-nose as examples of Urban Prairie style translated to baby names, but we’ve got some other ideas of names that fit this major new trend.
Urban Prairie names are both sophisticated and innocent, country and city, traditional and edgy, plain yet fancy. Some names already rising in popularity could be counted as Urban Prairie: Cora and Elsie, Sawyer and Linus. But most Urban Prairie names are still so far out they’re very very in, like the 27 choices here.
If you want to see even more possibilities, check out this longer list of Urban Prairie Baby Names. What names would you add?
by Joe Satran
SPOILER ALERT: This post contains some spoilers for Game of Thrones through the end of season 7. Read at your own risk!
HBO’s Game of Thrones is so popular that it verges on national myth. Everyone, it seems, knows the bare outlines of the series. And for millions of viewers, it’s a more familiar story than the Bible. Few other fictional worlds this side of Harry Potter have had its cultural impact.
A lot of the show’s appeal derives from its fully thought-out, immersive world. Every facet of the universe was designed with care by George R.R. Martin, the writer of the book series on which HBO based its show. And baby names are no exception. Martin devised a whole new world of baby names for his books — one loosely based on, but by no means contiguous with, our own. The character names in the A Song of Ice and Fire series are as distinctive as those of any fictional world since Lord of the Rings.
Most of Martin‘s characters’ names are based on specific names in the real world, but they usually have a slight tweak — anything from one letter changed or added to a new suffix. The final season of the show won’t air until mid-2019, but to help you through the lull, we’ve decided to do a full analysis of 51 prominent names from the world of Game of Thrones. Click through below to find out which Game of Thrones names are usable in the real world — and which ones definitely aren’t.