Category: baby names from movies
By Abby Sandel
Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in the US, and that means movies.
Not just any movies, either. The summer schedule is packed with potential blockbusters – as much romance and action and intrigue as you can stuff into two hours and a bucket of popcorn.
Summer movies could inspire some spectacular baby names. Ewan MacGregor is playing a character called Peregrine Makepeace in Our Kind of Traitor, and that fabulously named quartet of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will also return to the big screen.
But many of the more intriguing character names this summer belong to the ladies. From history lessons to fantasy, beloved characters to newcomers, there are great girl name possibilities on the silver screen from May right through Labor Day.
Let’s take a look at the girls of summer, which could make great baby names for a daughter expected later this year.
Aladdin Sane was David Bowie‘s 1973 album. Although people often forget the name of this Bowie persona (a pun on A Lad Insane), his image is one of the most memorable: a face crossed by a lightning bolt to represent a divided self. A continuation of Ziggy Stardust, it was partly inspired by David Bowie‘s brother Terry, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Aladdin features in The 1001 Nights as a boy who becomes trapped in a cave by a wicked magician, but escapes with the help of a genie. A pantomime staple, it has also been made into a popular Disney film.
The name Aladdin is an Anglicised form of the Arabic name Ala Al-Din, meaning “excellent in faith”. Aladdin has been rarely used as an English name, and probably reminds people too strongly of the magical lamp.
With a new Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, about to be released this summer, we thought this would be a good time to investigate just what influence, if any, J. K. Rowling’s fabulously inventive character names have had on the baby naming world, 16 years after the first book’s debut. Here, thanks to Esita’s digging, are the scientific results:
Although the new name data for 2015 won’t be announced till May, I’ve seen a lot of name blogs and websites making predictions for what the new top names are going to be. We’re certainly not the first writers to imagine names from the future! Below I’ve included some of the most well-known sci-fi books about the future, and the names chosen for their characters.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
This year’s field of Academy Award nominees includes some really interesting names—but why should we limit ourselves just to the performers, when some of their characters’ names are just as noteworthy? Here are Nameberry’s picks of the 2016 Oscar pack, with a mix of actors and roles.