Movie Marquee Names: Eli, Ella and Evan

This week, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel finds fresh inspiration from the title character names on recent movie marquees.

Want to see your baby’s name in lights?

There are a few ways to go about it.  There’s the Toddlers & Tiaras approach, courting fame with elaborate hair-dos and dance routines from an early age.  Or you could choose the name of a Hollywood legend – Ava or Marlon or Humphrey.

Here’s my new favorite:  head to the multiplex.  Right now Hanna and Arthur are on the marquee.  Even if you aren’t into movies about teenaged assassins or immature playboys, odds are that you’ll notice their names.  Many a stylish appellation has graced a movie poster.

Not every name catches on, of course.  It will take more than a singing chipmunk to revive Alvin, and Americans might love the boy wizard, but we’re not naming our sons Harry – yet. 

Looking back over the past few years, choosing a baby name from movie ticket stubs might be a winning proposition.






BettieGretchen Mol portrayed controversial pin-up girl Bettie Page in a 2005 biopic.




Helen – She’s been in fashion limbo until recently, but today she’d fit right in with Alice and Jane.


JaneEasily the most popular marquee names for girls, thanks to Jane Austen.

JulietA close second to Jane.

Juno – She’s yet to crack the US rankings, but ever since Ellen Page’s breakout role, this goddess name is being worn by more and more baby girls.


MiriBorrowed from one of the more R-rated films to inspire this list, Zack and Miri Make a Porno.  The movie might be wildly inappropriate for young eyes, but Miriam is a graceful name, and Miri makes for a very wearable short form.






SerenityIt’s the ship, not a character, in the 2005 sci fi flick, but given the popularity of the name, she earns a spot on this list.




ArthurHe’s appeared on the marquee three times in recent years.


Bruno – Like Miri, you might not want your child to see the movie until he’s all grown up, but the name has some possibility.

CharlieTied with Arthur for king of the marquee over the past decade.




FredVince Vaughn played the less successful of the Claus brothers in the 2007 holiday movie Fred ClausFred isn’t much of a given name, but Frederick is a classic and Freddie keeps company with Alfie in the UK.





Hitch Will Smith played Alex Hitchens, a.k.a. Hitch, in the 2005 romantic comedy.  With boys named Cash and Gage, Hitch could work.


IndianaAlso a possibility for girls, but the enduring HenryIndianaJones earns this state name a place on the boys’ list.  Another option for diehard fans?  Jones’ middle name, Walton.







Rocky – Like Indiana, Rocky is one of the best-known characters of our time.  It’s easy to forget that he was born Robert.


ScottScott has faded in recent years, but the literary charm of F. Scott Fitzgerald coupled with graphic novel turned indie flick Scott Pilgrim vs. the World could keep him current.


Have I missed your favorite movie title name?  Would you use one of these even if you weren’t a fan of the movie?

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11 Responses to “Movie Marquee Names: Eli, Ella and Evan”

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Lola Says:

April 18th, 2011 at 6:27 am

Alice, Isolde, Jane & Juno are all favorites. Helen is a huge family name for me, and I’d love to use it in the middle but can’t make it work just yet.

From the boys, still love Bruno, hate Sacha Baron Cohen. He nearly ruuined the last decent family surname for me. Notice the nearly. I still love Bruno! Also, Arthur, August, George, Harvey, Hugo & Percy are favorites. I can’t think of any movie names in titles that I liked enough to stick in my head beyond the few here. Really. I’ll go check tthe DVD racks and see what pops up. 😀

Svea Says:

April 18th, 2011 at 8:03 am

It’s so funny, in Sweden Alvin is placed #30 on the top list for boys! Strange : )

Catherine Says:

April 18th, 2011 at 8:30 am

How about Summer from 500 Days of Summer? It’s not one my favorite names, but I did love that movie!

Emily Says:

April 18th, 2011 at 9:10 am

I must say I love Arthur and Percy. Your comment about Harry made me laugh – over here (in the UK) it ranks highly, normally in the top ten 🙂

Abby@AppMtn Says:

April 18th, 2011 at 10:49 am

Emily, I’m always surprised when I see how low Harry ranks in the US!

Summer is a great addition, Catherine – thanks.

I had no idea Alvin was so popular in Sweden, Svea – I kind of like his sound.

Lola, I know – my kids have a cousin Bruno, born about a year before the movie was released, and I groan every time I think of it.

Johanna Says:

April 18th, 2011 at 10:52 am

A lot of these names are in wide use in the UK. I do love Arthur, Percy, Jane and Alice.

Lucky*Clover Says:

April 18th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Interesting blog, it’s fun to see how pop culture can influence baby names. When I was young, there was a movie called “Savannah Smiles” and after that movie the name really took off. I’ve always loved the name Savannah and I honestly think it’s partly due to the fact that the little girl in that movie is adorable and when I hear the name Savannah, I think of her. I think the Disney movie “Tangled” will highlight the name Flynn and also the name Finn (Fool’s Gold) seems to be on quite a few baby name lists. I also know a couple who named their daughter Lyra after the character in “The Golden Compass”.

Isabel Says:

April 18th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Miri is so pretty! I completely forgot about that name. awkward movie title though xD

trich323 Says:

April 18th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

How about Thor? 😉

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April 24th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

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ebenezer.scrouge Says:

July 14th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I actually know an Akeela (no H) and to me that sounds more like the original form even though it is a variant of Akeelah. I have never seen the movie or even heard of the name until I met her

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