Theatrical Baby Names
Considered the first professional woman writer in English, the 17th century Aphra Behn became a role model for future women writers, including Virginia Woolf. She wrote several Restoration plays, most popular of which was The Rover. Aphra is an unusual variation of a biblical place name borne by several Roman saints.
- Aphra Behn became a role model for future women writers, including Virginia Woolf. She wrote several Restoration plays, most popular of which was The Rover. Aphra is an unusual variation of a biblical place name borne by several Roman saints." >
- Johan) August Strindberg was the prolific and iconoclastic Swedish author of over 60 plays, including Miss Julie. August Wilson, born Frederick August Kittel, is best known for his 10-play The Pittsburgh Cycle, a portrayal of the 20th century Black experience. Gaining in popularity, August is currently Number 242, 96 on Nameberry." >
- Samuel Beckett was the Irish-born avant garde playwright and novelist, celebrated for the bleak, tragicomic, Waiting for Godot, Endgame and Krapp’s Last Tape. Beckett has been a surprise success in the baby name world, entering the list in 2006, and now at Number 244, a resounding 39 on Nameberry, and is a celeb fave, used by Stella McCartney and Conan O’Brien, among others." >
- Dario Fo is a contemporary Italian playwright whose radical, sometimes controversial works are performed across the world, with titles such as Freak Mother and Accidental Death of an Anarchist. (His wife Franca Rame was also a playwright as well as an actress.) Unlike cousin Mario, Dario sounds fresh and usable as an Italian import." >
- Dion Boucicault, born Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot, was a colorful and popular 19th century Irish playwright-actor who penned 130 plays and helped pass the American Copyright Law. Dion is a cool, rarely used ancient Greek name that had a flurry of popularity in the 1970s, thanks to the single-named singer." >
- Federico Garcia Lorca, great Spanish playwright and poet and victim of the Spanish Civil War, was most known for his plays Blood Wedding and The House of Bernarda Alba, both written in the 1930s. Lorca is a lovely, undiscovered treasure, used in tribute by Leonard Cohen for his now adult daughter." >
- Christopher Marlowe, a contemporary of Shakespeare, was a leading Elizabethan tragedian, famous for such plays as Doctor Faustus and The Jew of Malta. Marlowe, Marlow and Marlo have all take off for girls. Jason Schwartzman, Sienna Miller and Jenna van Oy have all used this spelling for their daughters." >
- James) Maxwell Anderson was a prolific American playwright who wrote several notable historical dramas, including Mary of Scotland and Anne of the Thousand Days. Maxwell, like all names Max, is on a roll, now at Number 107. Jessica Simpson pulled a gender switch when she named her daughter Maxwell." >
- Moss Hart was a leading light of the Broadway theater in the mid-20th century, scoring hits, sometimes as co-writer, with such uproarious comedies as The Man Who Came to Dinner and You Can’t Take it with You. Moss is a soft green nature name that would make a distinctive alternative to Ross." >
- Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was the brilliantly witty Irish author of several Victorian farces, most famously The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, and Lady Windermere’s Fan. Oscar has morphed from jovial great-grandpa to jovial baby name, enjoying international popularity—it’s currently Number 3 in Sweden, 8 in England, and 36 on Nameberry." >
- Tennessee Williams, born Thomas, is considered one of the foremost American playwrights of the 20th century. His most notable works include A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. His stage name was a single-owner property until Reese Witherspoon honored her southern heritage with her son’s name in 2012, making it part of the national namescape." >
- Zona Gale, a poet, novelist and playwright, was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1921. Zona is a multi-cultural Z-name that was actually on the Social Security list from 1880 to 1940, but is rarely, if ever, heard today." >
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on October 2nd, 2015 at 4:16 pm
Very relieved to see Maxwell in blue font; wish James were staying blue, too! Zona reminds me of the biological term zona pellucida. Starting to like Oscar more and more these days.
on October 5th, 2015 at 12:03 pm
Great list of interesting namesakes! Wilder would be in good company here, for the great playwright Thornton Wilder. Likewise Shaw (for George Bernard) and even Moss (Moss Hart).
on October 6th, 2015 at 6:53 pm
I actually know a Zona!
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