Category: pop culture baby names

New Names from New Movies

Every new movie season seems to bring with it a few character names that jump out for their distinctive baby name potential, and these past few months were no exception.  We found some new names that are right on trend—vintage nicknames, gender switches, literary characters, and surname names.  Here are 12 of the best—some of which just might catch on! By Linda Rosenkrantz

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Strong Sci-Fi Namesakes for Girls

By Kristian Wilsom

Many outsiders and casual fans still consider sci-fi to be a masculine genre, but women’s sustained presence and influence have transformed it into a diverse, feminist niche. If you’re looking for an empowering and unique name for your new baby girl, you really can’t go wrong with a selection from science fiction. Check out the following twelve feminist sci-fi names for your baby girl, and share your favorite galaxy-exploring monikers with me on Twitter!

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Reality TV Baby Names: Duke to Lorenzo

By Abby Sandel

If you’re a fan of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, you might know that Lauren Manzo is a new mom. The Manzo family graduated to their own Bravo series, Manzo’d with Children, in 2014. Lauren and husband Vito Scalia married a year later. They welcomed daughter Marchesa Anna Scalia last week. They’re calling her Markie.

Marchesa makes a fascinating, distinctive choice for their family, part-designer label, part-aristocratic title.

Another name I’m watching: Bonnie, the choice Joseline Hernandez of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta fame made for her daughter at the end of 2016. It’s simple, sweet, and ready for revival.

Do parents actually take their naming queues from reality television?

The answer seems to be yes. MTV debuted The Real World in 1992, launching the modern era of reality television. From Dancing with the Stars to Teen Mom, the new generation of celebrities has changed the way we name our children.

Here are nine choices, all proof that reality television translates to real-life name choices.

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By Lilibeth Leda at The Well-Informed Namer

“I’m a big fan of the Netflix series Stranger Things.

The sci-fi horror series, released in July, has everyone buzzing.  A second season has already been announced, and while the show received no Emmy nominations, three of its young actors made very hyped appearances. All of this considered, I’m wondering about the effects on baby names. Since Stranger Things takes place in the early 1980s, the characters’ names generally reflect mid-century American nomenclature. Some of them are rapidly losing popularity, but I expect them to recover at least temporarily.

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90s Pop Icon Names

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By Nick Turner

With Pokémon, the Clintons and Crystal Pepsi back in the news, it’s the 1990s all over again.

So it seems like a good time to ponder names from that glorious decade. I don’t mean the most popular baby names (Michael and Jessica ruled the charts in those years). I’m talking about the cultural touchstones that defined the era: Arsenio, Sinead, Winona…names that sizzle with ’90s-ness.

Some of these monikers ultimately did become trendy baby names. Felicity climbed the charts after a show by that name hit the airwaves in 1998. But often not. There are zero kids named Urkel or Beavis or Butt-Head in the Social Security database over the past 30 years.

In any case, it’s worth taking a trip down memory lane (in a red Mazda Miata, no doubt) to rediscover the ultimate 1990s names. This list might give you some inspiration for your 2010s baby.

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