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


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.

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