Ghosts of Halloweens Past
Of course we have to start with the friendliest, most familiar, and unscariest ghost of all. Casper the Friendly Ghost was created in the late 1930s for a children’s book, becoming an animated cartoon in 1945, and was still haunting away in 2012. Casper is the Dutch form of Jasper and was one of the Three Magi; he has not yet followed his cousin to popularity.
- Casper the Friendly Ghost was created in the late 1930s for a children’s book, becoming an animated cartoon in 1945, and was still haunting away in 2012. Casper is the Dutch form of Jasper and was one of the Three Magi; he has not yet followed his cousin to popularity." >
- Rex Harrison plays the ghost of the charmingly roguish sea captain Daniel Gregg in the 1947 The Ghost and Mrs Muir, taunting young widow Gene Tierney, who has the presumption to rent his seaside cottage. Daniel, a perennial biblical classic, now ranks at Number 10." >
- Edwina Cutwater (Lily Tomlin) enters the body of Steve Martin, with hilarious results. Meaning ‘wealthy friend,” the vintage Edwina is right in line to fellow whist-playing partners Matilda and Millicent back into the nursery." >
- Reese Witherspoon as a ghost? Well she’s just as spirited when she becomes a spirit in the 2005 fantasy romance Just Like Heaven opposite Mark Ruffalo. Second only to Mary in long-term popularity of girl names, with its distinguished biblical, royal and literary history, Elizabeth is now at Number 14." >
- Noel Coward’s classic comedy Blithe Spirit, re-married Rex Harrison is haunted by the spirit of his dead first wife Elvira-- much like Marion in the Topper flicks. Elvira was in the US Top 1000 until 1981, but hasn’t been heard from since, despite the popularity of so many other El-names." >
- Harry Potter, Helena Ravenclaw, aka the Grey Lady, returned as a ghost to Hogwarts Castle, becoming the Ghost of Ravenclaw House. The delicate, Shakespearean Helena, closely associated with the always interesting Helena Bonham Carter, is now 190 on Nameberry, 502 in the general US population." >
- Hamlet’s father is the ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge’s partner Jacob Marley in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, portrayed on screen numerous times. Jacob was in first place from 1999 to 2013 (thanks, Twilight) and is still at Number 4. But surname Marley is on the rise—for girls—now having climbed to Number 202, 194 on NB." >
- Sally Field is one of those unfortunate widows whose new romance (with dull Jeff Bridges) is hampered by the appearance of the ghost of her brash dead husband Jolly (James Caan). Jolly—as merry as it sounds—is a nickname for Jolyon, a medieval version of Julian, found in The Forsyte Saga novels." >
- Young Kyra Collins (Mischa Barton) is one of the ghosts who appear to 9-year-old Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) in the epic 1999 supernatural thriller The Sixth Sense. Kyra is the feminine version of Cyrus—a homonym of Keira--that has been on the list since 1970 and is now at Number 485." >
- Liam Neeson playing ghost Martin Brogan. In limbo for a while, Martin is now making a strong comeback, having risen to Number 262." >
- West, a ghost named Murdoch Glourie, haunting a Scottish castle, goes along when a crass American family attempts to move it to Florida. Hilarity ensues. Murdoch is a rarely (if ever) used Scottish surname name, associated with Australian newspaper mogul Rupert (born Keith) and writer Iris. Its meaning relates to the sea." >
- Harry Potter’s poor Myrtle Elizabeth Warren, aka Moaning Myrtle, is a ghost who haunts the girls’ bathroom at Hogwarts School, where she had died. The long lapsed name Myrtle might have a chance of a comeback as a nature name—myrtle is a plant associated with love, peace, fertility and youth." >
- Oscar Wilde short story, The Canterville Ghost, in which Sir Simon of Canterville has been haunting his family castle since the 17th century. Simon is an appealing biblical name with many strong literary and real-life associations: now at Number 231 and 99 on Nameberry." >
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on October 30th, 2015 at 2:41 am
How about Sam, played by Patrick Swayze, in the movie ‘Ghost,’ with Demi Moore?
on October 30th, 2015 at 3:04 am
Whoops, I see you mentioned Sam in the opening comments. 🙂
on October 30th, 2015 at 1:59 pm
I love Caspar, but will probably never use it due to the cartoon ghost association! Jasper on the other hand is still very much on the table…
on November 1st, 2015 at 4:05 pm
I like the surname Muir from The Ghost & Mrs. Muir.
Casper/Caspar/Kasper is a good one.
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