Happy Mother’s Day: Great celebrity mom names
Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers and mothers-to-be out there. Today we give a shout-out to some outstanding moms of outstanding celebs, who happen to have—you guessed it—some outstanding names we love. Such as the distinctive Asalia (Zoe Saldana), Ata (Dwayne Johnson), Dellsena (Olivia Spencer), Delora (Vin Diesel, Gerda (Greta Gerwig), Lennis (Denzel Washington and Sarie (Margot Robbie). Here are some of the more wearable.
Alma Wahlberg is a mother of nine, including the actors Mark and Donnie, with an ancestry that’s been traced back to Nathaniel Hawthorne. The soulful name Alma—which is its literal meaning –became fashionable in England following the Crimean War Battle of Alma. It was a Top 100 US name from 1900 to 1927, and now ranks at #623 in the U.S., and 217 on Nameberry.
- Alma Wahlberg is a mother of nine, including the actors Mark and Donnie, with an ancestry that’s been traced back to Nathaniel Hawthorne. The soulful name Alma—which is its literal meaning –became fashionable in England following the Crimean War Battle of Alma. It was a Top 100 US name from 1900 to 1927, and now ranks at #623 in the U.S., and 217 on Nameberry." >
- Blythe Danner is the mother of Gwyneth Paltrow. Blythe is one of most carefree and cheerful of the word names for girls and is the middle name of Paltrow’s daughter Apple. As the poet Shelley said: “Hail to thee, blithe Spirit.”" >
- Ben and Casey Affleck, Harvard-educated Christopher Affleck, was obviously an early product of gender-bending baby naming. Not surprisingly, she has always gone by Chris." >
- Isla Fisher was born in Australia to Scottish parents, as evidenced by both her and her mother’s names. Elspeth, a charming Scottish variation of Elizabeth, deserves more love than it’s gotten in the US, though it is a Top 500 choice on Nameberry." >
- Mila (born Milena) Kunis was born in the Soviet Union; the family, including her mother Elvira Kunis, a physics teacher, moving to LA when Mila was seven. The name Elvira has numerous references, from the ‘Mistress of the Dark’ to the wife of Don Juan, to the ghostly character in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit to the romantic film Elvira Madigan. Elvira was in use in the US until 1981, and is still a Top 40 name in Sweden." >
- Indian-born Fatima Ansari has appeared (with her husband) in their son Aziz's hit TV show Master of None—as themselves. Fatima, the name of the daughter of Muhammad and one of the four perfect women according to the Koran, is well used in the American Muslim community, ranking at #306." >
- Gwynne Gilford, the mother of Chris Pine, bears the maiden name of her own mother, Anne Gwynne (born Marguerite Gwynne Trice). Gwynne is a spelling variation of Gwyn, which in its native Wales is the masculine version of Gwen. Gwyn, Gwynn and Gwynne all make highly usable and attractive options for girls here." >
- Kirsten Dunst’s mother, Inez Rupprecht, has been at various times a Lufthansa flight attendant, an artist and a gallery owner. Especially since Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds named their second daughter Ines in 2016, all forms of the name have gained in prominence. Especially on Nameberry, where Inez is #570." >
- Liam, Luke and Chris, Leonie Hemsworth is an English teacher who was called by Liam “the best mum in the world.” Leonie is an elegant Franco-German leonine name. It’s the 12th most popular name in Germany and 452 on Nameberry." >
- Kristen Bell’s mother Lorelei, who is of Polish descent, has one of the coolest names around. This Germanic legend name became modernized via the three generations of The Gilmore Girls (though spelled Lorelai). Lorelei is currently in 449th place in the US, and 174 on Nameberry." >
- Javier Bardem comes from a long line of filmmakers and actors, which includes his mother Pilar (born Maria del Pilar Bardem Munoz). The classic Spanish name Pilar, which relates to the Virgin Mary as a pillar of the church, has a special aura of strength, elegance and choice. Well used in Spain and Portugal, it is 624 on Nameberry." >
- Jeanne, Tina Fey’s mother’s official name is the striking Zenobia, which Fey passed on to her daughter Alice as a middle. Zenobia was in the US Top 100 in the first decades of the 20th century; it’s now #753 on Nameberry. It was used as a character name by Hawthorne, Wharton, Poe and Anne Rice." >
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on May 5th, 2018 at 3:27 pm
I love Blythe! I may have to re-introduce her to my list thanks to this post. 🙂
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