New Names from New Movies

2 Cassians and a girl named Mason

Every new movie season seems to bring with it a few character names that jump out for their distinctive baby name potential, and these past few months were no exception.  We found some new names that are right on trend—vintage nicknames, gender switches, literary characters, and surname names.  Here are 12 of the best—some of which just might catch on! By Linda Rosenkrantz


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.

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southern.maple Says:

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.

Suzannah Says:

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.

Chloe14 Says:

April 21st, 2017 at 12:55 pm

I love the name Gardner! I like nature names, so this name gives a nature type vibe.

cj85 Says:

April 21st, 2017 at 2:36 pm

My friend has a daughter named Letty! Named after her great grandmother.

RosieMac Says:

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!

linda Says:

April 27th, 2017 at 5:28 pm

@southern.maple–Thanks for this==I have made the correction.

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