Nameberry Week in Review: Oscar-inspired Girls’ Names
Last week we explored boys’ names drawn from the nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards. This week we turn our attention to the girls’ list. No one will be surprised to discover that it is just a little bit longer.
Here are my picks for the most shimmering girls’ names from this year’s list of nominees:
—Arianna is in the US Top 100, but I’ve always thought the mythological Ariadne had more style. Now that she’s associated with Ellen Page’s maze-making character from “Inception,” will we hear more of her?
–Speaking of names that could fit, “Winter’s Bone” is the story of seventeen year old Ree Dolly, an Ozark mountain girl who risks all for her family. I hear Ree and think of current middle name favorites Rose and Rae.
–She’s not exactly a role model, but legendary thronewrecker Wallis Warfield Simpson, born Bessie, does have a great name. Will “The King’s Speech” help more parents discover Wallis? Anthony LaPaglia gave the name to a daughter. Wallis splits the difference between old-fashioned picks like Alice or Frances and modern surname choices like Madison or Taylor.
Did you catch Nicole Kidman’s explanation of her daughter’s name? Sunday’s little sister isn’t Faith, she’s Faith Margaret, “that Southern double name.” Double names can be tough to pull off, but I imagine that Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman might just make it work.
Speaking of names that could work, Nancy Friedman recently wrote about Naya. Nancy’s expertise is brand names, and she points out that Naya and Naia are now being worn by brands of gelato, skincare products, shoes, and wine, as well as Glee’s Naya Rivera. With several attractive meanings, and a very current sound, Naya seems sure to catch on.
In case you’re visiting nameberry just weeks before your due date, I’ll end by directing you to John Cave Osborne’s oh-so-true essay at Babble: “Coming Up With Baby Names Would Be Easier if My Wife Weren’t Pregnant.”
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on February 7th, 2011 at 12:59 am
I think the double-name may work; I’m southern and go by Gabrielle Carolina, I usually say, ‘Like Katie Scarlett’ and people get it.
I love Zosia (Zaw-Shah) and Ariadne.
on February 7th, 2011 at 1:05 am
Oddly enough, Black Swan made me love the names Nina and Lily even more. I’m not sure why. Those names are just lovely.
on February 7th, 2011 at 1:35 am
I think Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban can totally make a double name like Faith Margaret work. It just makes me wonder – is Sunday Rose a double name, too?
Zosia reminds me of zoysia, as in the grass. It’s cool, but weird. Right?
I definitely think Naya could catch on, and I like it more than Maya. To me, it just sounds a little more grown-up. Can’t say why. Actually, I think N could be the next big letter! Names that have been around forever, like Natalie and Nina and Natasha, never got much recognition, but I think they could be big sometime soon thanks to Natalie Portman, Nat’s character Nina Sayers, and Natasha “Sasha” Obama. New spins on old favorites – Nicola for Nicole, Natalia for Natalie, Naya for Maya, Noella for Noelle – could just put N back on the map. Move over, A and V!
on February 7th, 2011 at 7:39 am
@spotlightstarlit – Now that’s interesting – I think seven syllables would be a tough sell here in DC, but maybe I’m wrong. There are more girls who really do answer Olivia and Isabella. Oh, and I adore your middle name!
@lemon – I’m not sure, but I do think I’ve heard Nicole refer to her as “Sunday Rose,” so maybe that’s the case. And I think you’re right about N. Pam & Linda called R the next big letter, but N could really catch on. There’s also Nola, Noa, Nolan …
@Gnattie, I think you’re exactly right – Nina and Lily are lovely. There are lots of girls called Lily, but Nina seems different. For now, anyway.
on February 7th, 2011 at 10:34 am
There’s an article in People quoting Nicole and she says Sunday (not Sunday Rose) so I think she goes by just her first name, at least for the most part.
on February 7th, 2011 at 10:37 am
Years ago, there was a documentary on little beauty pagents (before Toddler and Tiaras), and there was a little girl named Swan. I think it is more likely to be used as a middle name though. I like it though. Pirates’ Elizabeth Swan comes to mind too, although she may spell that Swann.
Dendrie is interesting. I’ve never heard that before.
Thanks for the read!
on February 7th, 2011 at 11:16 am
I have heard Keith call Sunday Sunny so maybe they both call her something different?
on February 7th, 2011 at 12:23 pm
nina is my pick for a girl’s name if we have a girl in the future. i’ve loved it for yars and yars…i hope it doesn’t become TOO popular 😉
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on February 7th, 2011 at 5:15 pm
Well, Nicole and Keith live in the South a good deal of the time, so I think the double name will work. I knew a Katherine Elizabeth who went exclusively by both names.
on February 7th, 2011 at 5:47 pm
@Millikate – Of course! How could I forget the Pirates’ Elizabeth Swann?
@Helen – Nina is great. Here’s hoping your secret doesn’t catch on …
And now that I’m listening, I’m mostly hearing Sunday, too. But I love the sound of Faith Margaret.
on February 7th, 2011 at 6:19 pm
Faith Margaret is quite a mouthful, but I think it’s lovely.
on February 9th, 2011 at 10:51 pm
I’m hoping Nina doesn’t catch on. It’s actually my given name. Grew up in Germany and Nina was quite popular there unlike here in the US.
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