Oscar Nominee Names: Nameberry Week in Review

Covering the week of January 25 to 31st, Abby Sandel–  creator of the wonderful AppellationMountain blog– unearths some treasures in the male Oscar nominee names announced this week.

The list of nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards came out last week.  Even though the only category in which I’ve actually seen all the contenders is Best Animated Feature Film, I’ve been digging through the nominees to find the most intriguing name options.

If you’re more into old Hollywood, check out the first guest post I ever wrote for Nameberry, 2009’s Red Carpet Names, Boys’ Edition. I have a soft spot for Clark.

Here are my picks for the most award-winning names from this year’s list of nominees:

  • Atticus, as in Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor’s long-time collaborator.  The duo is nominated for their work on “The Social Network.”  (Hat tip to C in DC for pointing him out!)
  • Jem, the unusual nickname for James favored by Jeremy Renner’s character in “The Town.”
  • Laser, the given name of the younger Hutcherson kid in the much-nominated “The Kids Are All Right.” (shown in illustration)
  • Aron, the slimmed-down Scandinavian variant of Aaron worn by real life mountain climber Aron RalstonJames Franco could win Best Actor for his portrayal of Ralston in “127 Hours.”
  • Bastien, from French filmmaker Bastien Dubois, nominated for “Madagascar, a Journey Diary.” Best Animated Short Film doesn’t get much press, but Dubois’ given name – a short form of Sebastian – could catch on.
  • Hendrix, from Guy Hendrix Dyas, nominated for production design on “Inception.”  If x-names  from Felix to Jaxon can catch on, why not Hendrix?  Dyas isn’t exactly a household name, but there’s Jimi Hendrix, too.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio is a household name, and his character from “Inception” – Dom  – could fit right in with Jack and Cole.
  • Lastly, there’s a pleasing pair of English appellations from “The King’s Speech.”  Geoffrey Rush played Lionel Logue, speech therapist to King George VI.  There’s also Cosmo, as in the given name of the Archbishop of Canterbury.  Lionel and Cosmo strike me as quite stylish names for small boys, even if the characters are rather serious.

While we’re talking Hollywood, Nancy of Nancy’s Baby Names spotted this quote from Nicolas Cage.  You’ll never guess what he wanted to name his son, known as KalEl.

Other famous babies making their debuts this week include Mike and Lahika Tyson’s son Morocco Elijah and Coco Reese Lakshmi, a daughter for No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal and girlfriend Erin Lokitz.   We also learned that model Doutzen Kroes and DJ Sunnery James gave their son Phyllon a happy middle name – Joy.

Next week we’ll look at the Girls’ List of Oscar-inspired names, and find out if Best Actor nominee Javier Bardem and equally talented wife Penélope Cruz reveal the name they’ve chosen for their little star.

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Whit Says:

January 31st, 2011 at 3:19 am

Well I have to agree Kyle is a bit boring, but Kal-El is still not acceptable. Nobody should have punctuation in their first name.

Morocco and Phyllon are both horrible, but I’m actually liking Coco Reese Lakshmi quite a lot. It’s worlds better then Zuma anyway.

Mae Says:

January 31st, 2011 at 7:17 am

You know, if it’s true that Kal-El has entered the top 1000, and ranks higher than Hugh, Theo, etc… I think I might go into hysterics.

sadiesadie Says:

January 31st, 2011 at 7:57 am

I really think Kal-El is one of the coolest names. I don’t know any boy who wouldn’t want to have that name.

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Macy Says:

January 31st, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Coco is kinda cute, I do like Morocco too. Reese on a girl, definitely not cool with me.

Abby Says:

January 31st, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I’m pretty sure Kalel – that’s how it appears in the SSA stats – is all about the littlest Cage. Brace yourself, Mae – the name debuted in the US Top 1000 in 2009, ahead of Hugh and Theo. (Though Theodore is still way ahead.)

Kal-El Cage was born in 2005, so I’m guessing that’s the reason. Or maybe – just maybe – Kalel is just fitting in with Kaleb and Kale and it is just a coincidence that Kal-El is also Superman’s given name.

Hey, I can dream, right? And I do love Khalil.

trich323 Says:

January 31st, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Morocco is very cool.

Kathleen Says:

January 31st, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Some friends from college named their baby Bastien Nicholas. It suits them and has grown on me. I wouldn’t name by son that, but it’s unusual without being weird. I think they were inspired by The Never Ending story. 🙂

Abby Says:

January 31st, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I love Bastien Nicholas.

And Morocco Elijah seems like a winning combination – wildly unusual in the first spot, relatively restrained in the middle. But I generally like place names, especially less common ones. Wonder if they’ll call him Mo?

lemon Says:

January 31st, 2011 at 10:59 pm

They could also call Morocco “Morey,” like Corey, right, Abby? Or, better yet, Rocco! I think Morocco Elijah is a great name, even though Morocco is so out of my naming league! I’d say the furthest toward Morocco Elijah I’d go is Indigo Miriam, “Indie.”

Jem is fabulous for James! And, isn’t is sweet how Jem could also work for the actor’s name? Jeremy Renner – “Jem.”

I might actually hate Kal-El, though Kalel is marginally better and Khalil is totally fine by me – great name!

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