Category: Names from the Arts & Pop Culture
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!
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.
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.
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.
Boo! It’s almost Halloween, and your kiddo is getting ready for a ghoulishly good time. They’re a bit young for the Exorcist kind of fun, but they’re totally into friendly ghosts, good witches, adorably fuzzy black cats, and anything else that screams “Halloween!” without being threatening. While you’re getting into your fave Stephen King novel, your tot needs something tamer. And that’s why we’ve got these low-fright Halloween reads for you!
By Linda Rosenkrantz
One of the most recognizable images of Halloween is that of a witch riding her broomstick across a full moon, which explains why trick-or-treat expeditions have long featured little girls garbed in black with tall pointy hats and maybe a few warts and moles. But pop culture has given us a variety of witches, some of which are actually nice and comical and even beautiful. So if you’re looking for a baby name that subtly references the holiday, here’s a mix of unusual witch-inspired names way beyond the expected Samantha and Sabrina.