New Names from New Movies
The Zookeeper's Wife, a true story set in 1939 Poland, features Jessica Chastain as the heroic Antonina Zabinski. Heard in Russia, Italy, and Poland, Antonina is a daintier diminutive of Antonia that becomes a lovely possibility.
- Jessica Chastain as the heroic Antonina Zabinski. Heard in Russia, Italy, and Poland, Antonina is a daintier diminutive of Antonia that becomes a lovely possibility." >
- Rogue One, Cassian Andor, played by Mexican actor Diego Luna, is an intelligence officer in the Rebel Alliance. There's also a Cassian in John Wick, Chapter 2. This attractive Latin saints’ name has, along with the related Cassius, a lot of potential. Also from Rogue One: Galen, Orson, Bodhi, Baze and Jyn." >
- Modesty and Chastity Barebone are two young sisters (their brother is Credence) in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the ninth installment of J. K. Rowling's 'Wizarding World' franchise, and offer evidence of her superior naming chops. Even though Modesty and Chastity are not as usable today as other virtue names like Amity and Verity. Also in this film: Newton/Newt, Queenie, and Seraphina." >
- Logan, the latest Wolverine film, set in a dystopian 2029, comic actor Stephen Merchant plays the mutant Caliban, a veteran of comics books and an earlier X-Men film. Best known as a not so appealing Shakespearean character in The Tempest, Caliban is, nonetheless, a name with an accessible feel, rhythmic sound and friendly nickname Cal. The X-Men movies have already done a lot for the name Logan." >
- Annette Bening gives a striking performance as the bohemian 1970s mother in 20th Century Women. Despite the revivals of Dorothy and Thea, the lovely Dorothea has been left behind, just waiting for a nudge into the Top 1000. It’s already #838 on Nameberry." >
- Asa Butterfield plays an imaginative boy in the romantic sci-fi The Space Between Us. Not quite the occupational name Gardener, surname Gardner still evokes greenery and flowers—and glamorous actress Ava." >
- Mary doing on a list of cool new names? It’s precisely because it seems such a surprising choice for a little girl character in a 2017 film. In Gifted, Mary is a mathematical prodigy. The top girls’ name for centuries, the saintly Mary still ranks at Number 124." >
- James Franco plays an over-the-top, extravagantly tattooed Silicon Valley millionaire character named Laird Mayhew in Why Him? The name Laird is a Scottish title for the landed gentry and may have been given facetiously to this comic character. Most famous bearer is surfer Laird Hamilton; Sharon Stone picked it for her son in 2005." >
- Vin Diesel giant blockbuster, The Fate of the Furious, aka F8, the female lead, played by Michelle Rodriguez, has the sweet vintage nickname, Letty. Originally a pet form of Letitia, it peaked at the beginning of the 20th century but has a good chance for a comeback a la Hattie and Maisie." >
- Xander Cage, the other Vin Diesel franchise, Rory McCann plays getaway driver Tennyson the Torch. The poet name Tennyson was used by Russell Crowe in 2006 for his second son and would make a cool choice for literary parents. Other characters in the movie: Augustus, Darius, Lazarus, Ainsley, Talon and Hawk." >
- Oscar-winner Brie Larson, is named Mason Weaver. Though Mason currently ranks #3 for boys, it has been used for girls before—Kelsey Grammar has a daughter named Mason Olivia, born in 2001." >
- Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, also features Armie Hammer as Adams’s husband, Hutton Morrow. With its decidedly upscale surname feel (EF Hutton, anyone?), it could easily join Holden and Hunter—and was indeed a recent celeb choice." >
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on April 21st, 2017 at 6:38 am
The Fantastic Beasts films are not new installments in the Harry Potter franchise. The Harry Potter series and the Fantastic Beasts series are separate series that take place in the same universe in different time periods and with different characters. (Yes, Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald are characters in the Harry Potter series. No, the overlap does not mean HP and FB are the same series.) The correct phrasing would be “the ninth installment in J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World franchise.” This is the proper name of her collected works in this universe.
on April 21st, 2017 at 9:48 am
I love the name Hutton. But there are some words/names that contain the letter T in the middle that are awkward to pronounce. Will everyone say the more slurry Hut-in or the more enunciated Hut-tin? This T problem stopped me from considering Martin for my son.
on April 21st, 2017 at 12:55 pm
I love the name Gardner! I like nature names, so this name gives a nature type vibe.
on April 21st, 2017 at 2:36 pm
My friend has a daughter named Letty! Named after her great grandmother.
on April 22nd, 2017 at 5:48 pm
Caliban is a bad guy in a movie I watched a looooong time ago. Can’t recall what film. But it still reeks “bad boy” to me. That may appeal to some but not me. I adore Leticia/Laetitia and beyond adore Letty. And Cassian is swoony!
on April 27th, 2017 at 5:28 pm
@southern.maple–Thanks for this==I have made the correction.
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