Snap! Great Photography Baby Names
Andreas Feininger did it all-- he was a war correspondent and Life staff photographer, did architectural and industrial photography, and was also known for his stark portraits of New York City. Andreas, the Dutch, Greek and German form of Andrew, could make an interesting Old Master painterish namesake for an Uncle Andy.
- Andreas Feininger did it all-- he was a war correspondent and Life staff photographer, did architectural and industrial photography, and was also known for his stark portraits of New York City. Andreas, the Dutch, Greek and German form of Andrew, could make an interesting Old Master painterish namesake for an Uncle Andy." >
- Angus McBean was a Welsh portrait photographer with a surrealist bent. The name Angus has moved from fusty kilt-wearing Scot to quirky but plausible and hip young American name choice." >
- Ansel Adams’s name is synonymous with dramatic, majestic images of the mountains, plains and canyons of the American West. In this country, Ansel is now almost his single-owner name, but actually had appeared on the US popularity lists at the turn of the last century." >
- German August Sander was among the first to take a documentary approach to photography. One of the few male month names, August is a celeb fave, used by Mariska Hargitay, Dave Matthews and others." >
- Berenice Abbott’s prime subject was the city of New York, depicting it in precise detail. Berenice is a New Testament name that is more commonly spelled and pronounced Bernice; it was a Top 100 name for three past decades" >
- Cecil Beaton was not only a portrait and fashion photographer, but also a noted costume and set designer. Cecil—pronounced either SEE-cil or SESS-il, has long been shunned as an overly soft name with an effete British accent, but was once a powerful Roman clan name." >
- Dorothea Lange was the supreme visual chronicler of the Great Depression, producing iconic, heart-wrenching portraits of the impoverished. A romantic Victorian name, as is its reverse form Theodora, Dorothea comes with an array of appealing nicknames—Dory, Doro, Dot, Dottie and Thea." >
- Born William Henry Fox Talbot but commonly referred to as Fox Talbot, he was a major experimental photography pioneer, inventor of the calotype process and a precursor of photogravure. Fox is one of the new wild animal names, along with Wolf, being tamed into submission, associated with the character Fox Mulder on The X-Files." >
- Hugo Erfuth was a noted German portraitist of his artist and writer contemporaries. A Top 10 name in France, Spain and Sweden, Hugo is on the rise in the US as well, appreciated for its energetic o-ending and literary cred." >
- Imogen Cunningham’s distinguished oeuvre includes early studies of plants, and later portraits and nudes. Imogen is something of an underground success story—a Top 50 name in the UK, and the breakout Number 1 girls’ name on Nameberry in the first half of 2013." >
- Laszlo, a Hungarian staple associated with a noble Casablanca character, has recently come onto the radar of some hip, cutting-edge parents." >
- Lisette Model (born Elise) was a Viennese-born photographer who emigrated to New York in 1937 and was also an influential teacher of Diane Arbus and others. Dainty and coquettish, Lisette, also spelled Lizette, is a French diminutive of Elizabeth." >
- Irving Penn, whose surname is a lot more child-friendly than his first these days, was known for first fashion photography, and then striking portraits of artists like Picasso and Georgia O’Keeffe. Strong and simple, the name Penn has been given a shot of sex appeal by Gossip Girl hottie Penn Badgley." >
- Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans took some of his most memorable photographs of rural Depression era America. Walker is one of the aspirational surnames that, along with others like Carter and Porter, resurfaced in the go-go late 1980’s and is now still at Number 411, with prominent ties to the Bush family." >
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on August 15th, 2013 at 11:33 pm
Angus McBean is the most delightfully Scottish name of all time. I think Ansel has a lot of potential as an alternative to Andrew. August and Imogen are such strong Nameberry favorites I wouldn’t be surprised to see them gain mainstream momentum in the next few years. I would love to see Dorothea and Hugo revived as well. Penn could rise on the surname wave. I quite like Laszlo, but it seems to be stuck in limbo. Lisette is sweet, if a little lispy. Fox and Walker are personal favorites — both are on my long list.
Wonderful post, as always. 🙂
on August 16th, 2013 at 12:43 am
what abut Diane (Arbus) or Francesca (Woodman)?
on August 16th, 2013 at 1:26 am
I like a good many of these (on other people’s kids). Hugo, Ansel, August, Dorothea are lovely. I’d love Fox in the middle.
As a photographer, I also like Lewis (Hine), Nicephore (Niepce) who made the first photograph, (Senol) Zorlu, Dimitris (Theocharis), Cornelia (Adams), Bjorn (Lofterud)…I know too many I love 🙂
on August 16th, 2013 at 1:54 am
This is my favorite blog post to date. I love almost all of these, especially Andreas, Ansel, August, Dorothea, Laszlo, and Lisette. They all seem really grounded and usable but also a little more interesting, not trendy or too popular, but not boring either.
on August 16th, 2013 at 8:47 am
Technical comment: in most of the recent blogs in the slideshow format, the photos have not been sized to the designated blog area of the webpage. Many of the photos are too big and underlap beneath the names menu on the right. Usually I can manage to find the right-arrow button underneath everything and click through, but this time it’s so buried, I can’t progress beyond Laszlo. I had to select from the master menu of thumbnails underneath to complete reading the article. I’m using Firefox. All-in-all, a pretty respectable collection of names, and all very usable. My favorites are Laszlo and Fox. Enjoyable blog…except for the technical issues.
on August 16th, 2013 at 8:58 am
Some wonderful names on this blog.
If I had the chance I would consider Andreas, August, Cecil, Dorothea, Hugo, Imogen and Laszlo.
Not too crazy about Fox (sly like a fox), Penn (I write with one), Walker (“walk her”) or Lisette (too cutesy).
Angus is a great Scottish name so it’s a shame about the beef.
I like the name Ansel and his photograhs are gorgeous but I just want to add the word “buy” before his name (buy and sell).
on August 16th, 2013 at 10:11 am
Yes, I have the same technical issues in Firefox as Saracita00….
on August 16th, 2013 at 11:29 am
I like a lot of these names: Ansel, Fox, Hugo, Penn, Imogen, Lisette. These are so romantic and lovely in my mind.
I would love Walker if it wasn’t associated with Pres. Bush for me. (Ugh.) August is finally starting to grow on me as a way to Gus.
The slide shows work perfectly for me, but I’m on Safari. I like them so much better this way than how they were before, but I would like them even better if they didn’t bring up a new page every time you flipped through. (The thumbnails underneath are a great touch.)
on August 16th, 2013 at 2:34 pm
I really like August and Fox but a lot of the others were very nice names.
I’m with some of the others. The pictures are way too big on my screen and they go under the stuff on the right. I can’t see the arrow on a few and I have to click in the thumbnail.s If it weren’t for the thumbnails, I wouldn’t be able to see all the pictures. I also don’t like that it opens a new window every time but that’s just a personal, not technical thing.
I’m on Firefox
on August 16th, 2013 at 7:15 pm
I love August, Angus, Hugo, and Imogen so very much. I love how they are beginning to be considered viable choices for new American children as well as European. Penn, Walker, and Fox I’m a bit iffy on, mostly in that using them myself seems highly improbable but I feel as if in the case that I saw them on another child in one of my day care classes I would love it. I have a Walter which this has proven especially true with.
on August 17th, 2013 at 12:24 pm
My favourites from this list are…
on August 19th, 2013 at 1:57 pm
I think I love more names on this list than I do on any other one! Fox would for sure be the name of a future son if our last name didn’t begin with S… and if we weren’t going with Wolf for the first boy (it’s a family name). So many great, lesser-used, legitimate names here. I love names that are formal but not boring.
on August 20th, 2013 at 1:11 pm
Love this blog. Love photography, history, AND names. Dorothea, Fox, Imogen, and Penn are fantastic.
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