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Name News from the Arts & Pop Culture

The news stories here cover the latest names and name trends inspired by literature, music, art, film, and television.

Moonstruck Names: Lunar names from Calypso to Cressida
Sun Nov 20 2022

Moonstruck Names: Lunar names from Calypso to Cressida

Shimmering moon names drawn from the worlds of Greek myth and Shakespeare's plays.
What's Your Halloween Name?
Mon Oct 31 2022

What's Your Halloween Name?

Celebrate the holiday with seasonal names for a Halloween baby, and a quiz to find out your own spooky Halloween name.
Demon Names: The Ultimate Guide
Sun Oct 30 2022

Demon Names: The Ultimate Guide

Demon names are more popular than ever before — for characters, pets, and yes, even babies. Find the best, most badass demon names in our ultimate guide.
Top Baby Name Influencers 2022
Tue Oct 25 2022

Top Baby Name Influencers 2022

Stars and their children are the top baby name influencers of 2022. See the most influential celebrity-related names of the year, from Archie to Charli to Wolf.
Saint Names: Patrons of the Arts
Sat Sep 24 2022

Saint Names: Patrons of the Arts

Saint names are spiritual and significant, and these beautiful options are perfect for parents of a creative persuasion. Patron saints of painters and poets, bookbinders and architects might give heavenly inspiration to a budding artist.
Photography Names Are Picture-Perfect
Tue Sep 20 2022

Photography Names Are Picture-Perfect

Though photography is one of the youngest art forms, there has been enough history to produce an aggregation of interesting names; from Ansel to Imogen to Zanele.
Model Baby Names Set New Styles
Sun Sep 11 2022

Model Baby Names Set New Styles

What's coming down the baby name runway? Take a look at the names of fashion models' babies to see what's next in baby naming.
Brand Names Become Baby Names
Thu Aug 25 2022

Brand Names Become Baby Names

Brand name or baby name? They're both! Take a look at the baby names that were inspired by popular brand names in 2021 — some of them might surprise you.
Best S Names for Girls
Sat Jul 16 2022

Best S Names for Girls

Move over Sophia — here are 15 stunning girl names starting with S, from Sabine to Sylvie.
Names Inspired by Tarot Cards
Sat Jul 02 2022

Names Inspired by Tarot Cards

There are 22 major arcana cards in the Tarot deck, each one associated with a name. Guest blogger Isadora Vega interprets tarot card names for us here.
Names Invented by Celebrities
Fri Jun 03 2022

Names Invented by Celebrities

When celebrities really want their child's name to stand out, they create one themselves. We round up 15 names invented by celebrities — some more successful than others.
Hillbilly Names Have Rugged Charm
Wed May 04 2022

Hillbilly Names Have Rugged Charm

Yesterday's hillbilly names are today's quirky cool cowboy names, beloved by hipster baby namers and those who love their rugged, outdoorsy appeal.
100 Best Sci-Fi Names for Children
Sat Apr 30 2022

100 Best Sci-Fi Names for Children

Can science fiction names work in this world too? You bet. Many of our favorite characters have wonderful names, whether classic or modern, that have inspired parents and even kicked off trends. Here are our top 100 sci-fi names for your little intergalactic hero(ine).
Mardi Gras Names: Let The Good Times Roll!
Tue Mar 01 2022

Mardi Gras Names: Let The Good Times Roll!

A parade of names celebrating the fun and pageantry of the New Orleans carnival, and all things Louisiana. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
African-American Heroine Names
Sat Feb 05 2022

African-American Heroine Names

Notable African-American heroines inspire a range of names to look up to, from the well-known to the underappreciated.
Bridgerton Names: Fantasy or historic reality?
Wed Feb 02 2022

Bridgerton Names: Fantasy or historic reality?

Bridgerton names are part of the Netflix series' enthralling fantasy, but may not represent real early 19th century naming practices.
How Bad Are These Names?
Sat Jan 29 2022

How Bad Are These Names?

Some names are so attached to infamous bearers from history, religion and fiction, that they're unthinkable on a child... or are they? Culture changes, and names that were once unacceptable can become possible or even popular. We shine the spotlight on the most notorious names, to see where they are now.
Pen Names and How They Can Kill You
Mon Jan 24 2022

Pen Names and How They Can Kill You

As I start sending out my novel to literary agents, I’m frustrated by having to submit an author name. I have been through so many iterations of my name that I hardly know who I am anymore.
Harry Potter Names: Beyond Harry & Hermione
Sat Jan 08 2022

Harry Potter Names: Beyond Harry & Hermione

Harry Potter names spotlight the genius of J.K. Rowling, who might just be the best character namer since Charles Dickens.
Vampire Names Bite Back!
Sun Oct 31 2021

Vampire Names Bite Back!

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to lift the lid on vampire baby names. It’s been a few years since we last covered them, and the vampire world — and the pool of fangtastic names — just keeps growing. When you’re naming a vampire, you have several options: Vampire-next-door names are for vampires […]
Wes Anderson Baby Names Add Whimsy
Tue Oct 26 2021

Wes Anderson Baby Names Add Whimsy

Wes Anderson baby names are whimsical, meaningful, and incredibly iconic. We profile the most notable names from the auteur's universe and have a quiz for you to discover your Wes Anderson name.
Magical, Memorable Names from Ursula Le Guin
Thu Oct 21 2021

Magical, Memorable Names from Ursula Le Guin

When authors are name lovers too, magic happens. Sci-fi and fantasy author Ursula Le Guin was a grand master of naming, weaving them into her plots and creating unforgettable character names that could just make great baby names too.
Character Names: Finding the perfect one
Fri Oct 01 2021

Character Names: Finding the perfect one

Character names can be as difficult as baby names. Here are some tips from a writer on finding good ones.
Kylie Jenner's Baby Names: The Name Guru to the Stars Weighs In
Tue Sep 14 2021

Kylie Jenner's Baby Names: The Name Guru to the Stars Weighs In

The Kylie Jenner baby names are a source of much speculation in the celebrity baby names arena. Our Name Guru to the Stars predicts baby names for Kylie Jenner, Jennifer Lawrence, Olivia Munn, and more.
Scarlett Johansson's Baby Names: The Name Guru to the Stars Guesses
Tue Aug 10 2021

Scarlett Johansson's Baby Names: The Name Guru to the Stars Guesses

Rumor has it that Scarlett Johansson is pregnant — what will she name a sister or brother to Rose Dorothy? The Name Guru to the Stars predicts Freida Pinto, Gael García Bernal, Scarlett Johansson's baby names, and more.