Movie Character Names: Oscar nominations for this year’s best

The Golden Globe nominations are out and the Oscar hopefuls will soon follow, but somehow or other they’ve neglected to even consider a key category: the most interesting, innovative character names of 2009.

So we’ve put together a list of possible nominees.  Of course, since there were more than 700 movies released (or about to be) this year, we couldn’t get to see every cast list of every native and foreign film, but we did look at most of the major releases.  In the list below, you’ll find some quirky sci-fi choices and exotic options from other cultures.  Some of the names will be familiar from previous Harry Potter and Twilight and Star Trek franchises, so we tread lightly there.  And there’s the usual caveat–we make no moral judgments, so both good guys and bad guys, saints and sinners are included.

GIRLS

AGNESS —  It’s Complicated

AUTUMN —  (500) Days of Summer

BLISS —  Whip It

CLARISSA The Lovely Bones

COCO —  Coco Before Chanel

CORALINE —  Coraline

CORBI —  Whip It

BELLATRIX —  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

ÉLOÏSE  —  Summer Hours

EMILIENNE —  Coco Before Chanel

EUDORA —  The Princess and the Frog

GAILA —  Star Trek

GIANNA —  Twilight 2, New Moon

GRETTA —  Me and Orson Welles

HATTIE —  An Eduction

(ISA)BELLA —  Twilight 2 –New Moon

LAVENDER —  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

LÉA  —  I’ve Loved You So Long

LILLI —  Nine

LUISA —  Nine

LUNA —  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

MARIETTA —  Whatever Works

NEERA —  Planet 51

NARCISSA —  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

PIPPA —  The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

ROMILDA —  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

SARAGHINA  —  Nine

SOFYAThe Last Station

SONJA —  Me and Orson Welles

SUKY —  The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

SUMMER —  (500) Days of Summer

SYLVIE —  Summer Hours

TAMARA —  2012

TIANA —  The Princess and the Frog

VALENTINA —  The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus

VITTORIA —  Angels and Demons

BOYS

ALDO —  Inglorious Basterds

ARLINGTON —  The Box

ARO —  Twilight 2—New Moon

BRUNO —  Bruno

CAIUS —  Twilight 2 –New Moon

DARWIN —  G-Force

DEMETRI —  Twilight 2—New Moon

DIESEL  —  Bruno

EMBRY —  Twilight 2—New Moon

EMMETT —  Twilight 2—New Moon

ETIENNE  —  Coco Before Chanel

FAUSTO —  Nine

FLINT —  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

GIRARD —  Did You Hear About the Morgans?

JEDEDIAH —  Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

JÉRÉMIE  —  Summer Hours

LAURENT —  Twilight 2 – New Moon

LINTON —  In the Loop

LUC —  I’ve Loved You So Long

NAVEENThe Princess and the Frog

NERO —  Star Trek

OLEG —  2012

OCTAVIUS —  Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

PIERPAOLO  —  Nine

PIKE —  Star Trek

SEVERUS —  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

VALENTINThe Last Station

VANJA —  The Last Station

YURI —  2012

Feel free to vote for your favorite BEST FEMALE and BEST MALE CHARACTER NAME.

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km903 Says:

December 17th, 2009 at 1:16 am

What, no Avatar? 😉

(Yes, I know, picky, picky.)

Holly Says:

December 17th, 2009 at 1:55 am

EMILIENNE for a girl and Naveen for a boy

Lola Says:

December 17th, 2009 at 9:00 am

Valentin & Bruno for my boys, Clarissa & Hattie (Henrietta) for my girls. Agnes, with one S would be runner up!
But my favorite movie name/combo of all time is James Tiberius. *sigh* so lovely.

Nephele Says:

December 17th, 2009 at 9:23 am

The pros and cons of Luna are currently being discussed in the Talk About Names forum:

http://nameberry.com/nametalk/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=5153

I’m thinking of taking Luna for my screen middle name: “Nephele Luna” — hahaha!

Abby@AppMtn Says:

December 17th, 2009 at 10:19 am

I kind of love Aldo. Until the movie, it made me think footwear. Now? It makes me think Brad Pitt at his coolest.

As for girls, I’d give the Oscar to Bliss, with an honorable mention for Eloise. Jennifer Aniston played an Eloise in Love Happens earlier this year … but I don’t think that movie is likely to garner any nominations.

susan Says:

December 17th, 2009 at 11:58 am

I vote for Pippa and Bruno. But I really didn’t love the movie “Bruno”. Loved “Borat” though. Haven’t seen “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee”.

EvanescenceDolly Says:

December 17th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

I vote for Agness for a girl and Aro for the boy.

rachelmarie Says:

December 17th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Best female name: Vittoria.
While I didn’t care for the movie nearly as much as the book, the name became a quick favorite of mine after finishing “Angels and Demons.”
Best male name: Darwin.
I really love this name and the wonderful connection it has to Charles Darwin. Although the G-Force movie looked stupid, they chose a great name 🙂 Haha

Runners-up:
Agness, Coraline, Bruno (the movie, while emotionally traumatizing, had a great meaning behind it), and Aldo.

Gigi Says:

December 21st, 2009 at 2:36 am

What no Cormac?

Gigi Says:

December 21st, 2009 at 2:36 am

Also meant to add Blaise

LilacaRose Says:

December 21st, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Emilienne is wonderful 🙂

Lani Says:

December 23rd, 2009 at 2:05 pm

I’m surprised not to see Precious here.

Keiley Says:

January 18th, 2010 at 5:08 am

I love Coraline!

Elizabeth Says:

January 30th, 2010 at 1:15 am

I’d honestly use Nyota (Uhura’s first name, Star Trek.)

Courtney W. Says:

March 1st, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Gianna & Laurent

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March 7th, 2010 at 1:20 am

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