Fantastic Names

November 16, 2018 Pamela Redmond
Fantastic Beasts names

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 unique 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


The character: The protagonist of the “Fantastic Beasts” series, Newton Artemis Fido Scamander, or Newt for short, is a brave and kind wizard with a love for the study of magical creatures. The fictional author of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Newt is played by Eddie Redmayne in the movie series.

The name: A Newt is a type of salamander, while Newton is likely a reference to the famous scientist. It’s a fitting name for this magizoologist.

Analysis: For now it’s tied too closely to House Speaker Gingrich—but perhaps this movie series will change that perception. On its own Newton is a perfectly usable, albeit somewhat geeky, choice for a boy, and Newt is a sweet nickname.

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Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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