Nameberry Week in Review: Oscar-inspired Girls’ Names


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spotlightstarlit Says:

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.

Gnattie Says:

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.

lemon Says:

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!

Abby Says:

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.

Millikate Says:

February 7th, 2011 at 10:34 am

@ Lemon,

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.

Millikate Says:

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!

sadiesadie Says:

February 7th, 2011 at 11:16 am

I have heard Keith call Sunday Sunny so maybe they both call her something different?

Helen Says:

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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phoebesmom Says:

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.

Abby@AppMtn Says:

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.

Nicole Says:

February 7th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Faith Margaret is quite a mouthful, but I think it’s lovely.

Nina Says:

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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