Movie Marquee Names: Eli, Ella and Evan
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.
Looking back over the past few years, choosing a baby name from movie ticket stubs might be a winning proposition.
Miri – Borrowed 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.
Serenity – It’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.
Arthur – He’s appeared on the marquee three times in recent years.
Fred – Vince Vaughn played the less successful of the Claus brothers in the 2007 holiday movie Fred Claus. Fred isn’t much of a given name, but Frederick is a classic and Freddie keeps company with Alfie in the UK.
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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on 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. 😀
on April 18th, 2011 at 8:03 am
It’s so funny, in Sweden Alvin is placed #30 on the top list for boys! Strange : )
on 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!
on 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 🙂
on 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.
on 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.
on 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”.
on April 18th, 2011 at 5:57 pm
Miri is so pretty! I completely forgot about that name. awkward movie title though xD
on April 18th, 2011 at 6:32 pm
How about Thor? 😉
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on 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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