Golden Globes 2015: The winning names
A winner and a loser, Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu won for his screenplay of Birdman, but lost out to Boyhood’s Richard Linklater for best motion picture director. Alejandro is one of several romantic Latin forms of Alexander; we also love Alessandro and Alessio.
- Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu won for his screenplay of Birdman, but lost out to Boyhood’s Richard Linklater for best motion picture director. Alejandro is one of several romantic Latin forms of Alexander; we also love Alessandro and Alessio." >
- Atticus Ross was nominated for the best original score in a motion picture for his collaboration with Trent Reznor on Gone Girl. The first name of the upright, highly principled character in To Kill a Mockingbird is now the third most popular name on Nameberry, and just waiting for the rest of the world to catch up." >
- Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated as best actor for his depiction of code breaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, but was beaten by Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Cumberbatch has single handedly elevated the Shakespearean name Benedict to an increasingly popular alternative to the classic Benjamin." >
- Clive Owen was nominated as best TV actor for his role in the TV series The Knick, but the winner in the category was Kevin Spacey. Like Cumberbatch, hunky Clive Owen has reversed the image of his name—which hasn’t been on the US list since 1935-- and made his clipped Britishy moniker feel more viable." >
- Ruth Wilson, was a winner, Dominic West was another of the best TV actor nominees to lose to Kevin Spacey. Dominic has always had a split personality in the US, used primarily in the Italian community, but it has broadened its base and is now Number 68." >
- Felicity Jones was nominated as best motion picture actress for her co-starring role in The Theory of Everything, losing to Julianne Moore for her bravura performance in Still Alice. The delicate virtue name Felicity peaked in 1999 via the eponymous TV show, but still makes a felicitous choice." >
- Gillian Flynn authored the massively bestselling book Gone Girl, then wrote the movie screenplay for which she won a Golden Globe nomination, but the award went to the writers of Birdman. Gillian, pronounced with either a hard or soft ‘G’, has long been a British staple, but is just beginning to gather some steam here; it’s Number 515 on Nameberry." >
- Joaquin (formerly known as Leaf) Phoenix was nominated as best actor in a comedy or musical motion picture for Inherent Vice, the award won by Michael Keaton for Birdman. A Spanish version of the biblical Joachim, Joaquin is a top name in South America and Number 340 in the US, 432 on Nameberry." >
- Liev Schreiber for Ray Donovan; the winner, again, was Kevin Spacey. Schreiber’s birth name was Isaac Liev, the second name said to be after his mother’s favorite Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoy." >
- Rosamund Pike was nominated as best actress in a motion picture, drama for her lead role in Gone Girl; she lost to Julianne Moore in Still Alice. Rarely heard in the US for a century, this lovely British appellation, also spelled Rosamond, is beginning to be considered again, along with other more popular Rose offshoots." >
- Annie. Australian musician Sia Kate Isobelle Furler hereby adds another potential member of the Mia-Gia-Kia-Lia-Pia-Ria-Tia family of names." >
- Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in Orange is the New Black, an award that went to Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggart. Born in Boston to Nigerian parents, Aduba’s first and middle name, Nwaneka, reflect her African heritage." >
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on January 16th, 2015 at 10:13 am
I love all the versions of Alexander — from Alexandre to Alejandro to Alessandro, Alasdair, Alexos, and Alexei.
Cumberotter is just too everywhere for me to like Benedict anymore, but I still love Benedetto.
Dominic –my cousin Dominic went by DeeDee, just as his brother Pasquale went by Patsy — has long been a family favourite.
Lastly, I prefer the Catalan Joaquim to Joaquin. In Catalan, the nickname for Joaquim is Quimet.
I prefer Gillian with a soft G, but I love Rosamund.
on January 16th, 2015 at 1:24 pm
I love Rosamund and Felicity.
I have never heard Gillian pronounced with a hard G (I’m in the UK).
on January 16th, 2015 at 6:14 pm
Alejandro González Iñárritu is so handsome to me. Haha
I love Dominic and would use it today if I had a son!
I’ve never liked the name Benedict, it’s too curt. I like Bennett and Benedetto indtead. Or even Benno! And Benedict Cucumbercabbagepatch is quite a rude person so he makes me not like the name.
Joaquin Phoenix is an awesome name. Joaquin, River, Summer, Rain (his sister), Jodean and Liberty is my favorite celebrity sibset I’ve ever heard. Joaquin used to go by Leaf not Rain.
I hate Atticus. It’s so dusty. I don’t understand why it’s cool these days.
Rosamund Pike makes the name nice. Otherwise it’s kinda old lady-ish (but not as bad as Mildred).
on January 16th, 2015 at 7:11 pm
Some great names here like Atticus, Joaquin, Rosamund, and Sia!
on January 16th, 2015 at 7:40 pm
Joaquin went by Leaf, not Rain.
on January 17th, 2015 at 11:31 am
By soft g for Gillian, would that be gil-ee-an and would hard G be Jill-ee-an. I’ve never heard the soft G version, everyone here (in Canada) is called Jill-ee-an whether it’s spelled Gillian or Jillian. I think the name is very 90s. I know at least 4 or 5 Jillian/Gillian’s between the ages of 16 and 20.
I like Felicity a lot.
on January 17th, 2015 at 5:19 pm
By hard G, I was referring to the G in “garden”.
I’ve only heard Gillian pronounced like Jillian.
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