Over-the-Luna About Baby Names
As summer slipped into fall, I was convinced we’d never learn the name of Uma Thurman’s new daughter. And then suddenly, there was the announcement. And what an announcement! With five given names, a double-barreled surname, and a nickname to boot, no wonder last week’s baby name news was dominated by discussions of the not-quite-new arrival.
Uma and fiancé Arpad Busson have solid baby naming credentials. Uma is already mom to Maya Ray and Levon with ex-husband Ethan Hawke. Arpad has sons named Arpad Flynn and Aurelius Cy with supermodel Elle MacPherson. The boys answer to Flynn and Cy. It’s easy to imagine the parents struggling to narrow down their list. I also wonder which of the six names they gave little Luna will prove to be the most influential.
Is it too much name? Will she be forced to answer to Rosalind A.A.A.F. Busson-Thurmon on official documents? Let’s say this: with family sizes shrinking, I completely understand the desire to use up all of our favorite names and honor all of our loved ones at once. Yes, it makes for a long name – and yes, even the future King of England only has three middles – but I suspect many of us would be tempted to do the same.
A few other baby names made headlines last week, too, from extreme sports to celebrity births to television. It’s an interesting list, and proof that we can take inspiration from everywhere.
The nine most influential choices from last week’s baby name news are:
Felix – He used to conjure up mind Felix the Cat. Now it is Fearless Felix, the Austrian daredevil who leapt from the stratosphere to a safe landing on Earth. The letter X is losing none of its appeal, as parents look beyond Alex and Max for additional possibilities. Felix seems like one of the most promising, especially now that he’s associated with feats of derring-do rather than an animated feline.
Noah Shannon – Since Brian Austin Green’s older son is Kassius, I wasn’t sure what to expect from his first with new wife Megan Fox. Let’s call their choice a pleasant surprise. Noah is wildly common, but seeing Shannon used for a son makes the name feel fresh again.
Michonne – The Walking Dead is back on AMC. Just in time for Halloween, the third season features a fierce zombie killer called Michonne. The surname Michon is derived from Michael. While Michonne is rarer than rare, she does feel like an update to Michelle, in step with French favorites like Vivienne.
Rosalind – Let’s turn our attention to Uma and Arki’s little girl. The first of her names is the Shakespearean Rosalind, a seldom heard vintage gem. Move over, Rosalie. Rosalind could be the new Rose name of the moment.
Arusha – Uma’s full name is Uma Karuna. She and her siblings all have names heavily influenced by her father’s academic interests. Dad was a professor of Tibetan Buddhism at Columbia. Uma means light. Arusha is a Sanskrit name meaning bright. Could this middle be a clever way of honoring mom?
Arkadina – Arpad A. Busson is commonly referred to as Arki. I haven’t been able to confirm his middle name, but it stands to reason that Arkadina is a nod to dad. It might be the least likely of all of baby Thurman-Busson’s names to inspire other parents, but it does remind me of the lovely, underused Arcadia.
Altalune – Could this be the breakout name? It is the source of her affectionate nickname, Luna. A thirteenth century ruler of Verona had an illegitimate daughter called Altaluna. Altaluna della Scala married a Bavarian nobleman and the name died out. It’s virtually unknown today.
Luna – At last, the name that Miss Thurman-Busson will actually use in everyday life. An ancient Roman moon goddess, Luna has been on the rise ever since she first appeared as a Hogwarts student in 2003’s Order of the Phoenix. Between the Harry Potter heroine, her stylish sound, and now her place on the list of celebrity tots, could Luna be headed for the Top 100?
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on October 21st, 2012 at 9:53 pm
I went to junior high and then college with a lovely girl named Michonne. It was definitely, completely unique and until this reference, I’ve never heard it again. It sounds tres francais and European.
I also love the return of Rosalind and Arcadia is really pretty. I love unused names like these.
And isn’t Uma’s use of 5 names a nameberry’s dream come true!? I’d love to use 5 of my favorite names for one child if it didn’t sound ridiculous. I would use Clara Sapphire Astoria Olive Mae.
on October 22nd, 2012 at 9:32 am
Altalune is so beautiful.
on October 22nd, 2012 at 9:53 am
I graduated with a girl who had 5 names(she went by one of the middles), she was the youngest of a rather large family and all of her sisters wanted to help name her, thus an awesome long name
on October 22nd, 2012 at 10:05 am
Quite a few commentators have pointed out that Arkadina is also a character from Chekhov’s play “The Seagull”. Arpad is also a trustee for the children’s charity ARK, so that might also be the inspiration for the name. *thanks, Wikipedia*
on October 22nd, 2012 at 9:01 pm
I love Rosalind. I especially love it with the nickname Lindy. I’m hoping it won’t get popular now.
As an MEGA Walking Dead fan, I think Michonne is pretty cool- the character and the name.
This is off topic, but I’m dying to find out what Adele named her baby….
on October 23rd, 2012 at 5:02 am
@Beautiful_Haiku – Me, too – I hope Adele shares soon!
on October 23rd, 2012 at 11:00 pm
… :/ Selene is the Roman goddess of the moon. Luna comes from the Latin word “lune” meaning moon. I’ve never read anything that said there was a goddess named Luna and I’m obsessed with Greek/Roman/Egyptian gods/goddesses. Is there something I don’t know?
on October 26th, 2012 at 8:34 am
One of my cousins has 5+ names, I honestly couldn’t remember them all if I tried. Each first son is given his fathers full name plus a first name of their very own, it’s starting to add up!!!
on December 15th, 2012 at 11:39 pm
I hope Luna doesn’t get too popular, it’s our favorite!
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