Category: movie character names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Marilyn Monroe was unquestionably the sex symbol of midcentury America. And even though everyone knew she was born Norma Jean, she became big enough to be known simply as Marilyn. (Though Marilyn hasn’t caught on like other Old Hollywood stars, there has been something of a revival of Monroe, in tribute to her.) It’s interesting to take a look at the names of the characters she inhabited in her relatively short career (barely 15 years), to see which ones played on her sensual image, and which worked against it.
This weekend I was saddened to read that legendary actress Maureen O’Hara had passed away. Maureen O’Hara, born Maureen FitzSimons, was an iconic, fiery redhead with the face of an angel. Today I’d like to look back at the names of some memorable characters O’Hara portrayed.
Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Esmeralda is a Spanish and Portuguese name meaning emerald. Esmeralda was the name of the gypsy in Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame who was loved by Quasimodo. Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes named their daughter Esmeralda Amada in September 2014. Esmeralda is currently Number 376 in popularity.
The holiday movie season is always busy, from family-friendly flicks to serious Oscar-worthy dramas.
New movies mean new potential baby names. Don’t believe me? A year ago, we were all queuing up to see the latest Disney animated feature, starring a snow queen with a name that you might have heard ‘round Nameberry in the past twelve months: Elsa.
So let’s go to the movies, and check out the best names on the big screen this winter. From quiet indie flicks to big budget blockbusters, inspiration is as plentiful as the popcorn.