Celebrity Names Blog

Baby Names Stranger Than Fiction?

Matilda Ledger and Ramona Sarsgaard share more in common than Jake Gyllenhaal – respectively godfather and uncle to the young girls. Were Michelle Williams and Maggie Gyllenhaal aware of the coincidence in their naming, or at the very least did they read the same books as young girls? Matilda and Ramona are two of the greatest heroines of Young Adult Literature. These famously spunky girls pull off a feat usually left to old men like Henry V or Hamlet – their names grace the title of their stories. Beverly Cleary’s Ramona emerged years before Roald Dahl’s Matilda, but in a reversal of order, Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger’s Matilda came out before Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard’s Ramona (October 28, 2005 versus October 3, 2006). For the Gyllenhaal/Sarsgaard family, we have a like mother, like daughter situation – for after all Maggie’s full appellation is Margaret Ruth Gyllenhaal. That first name is forever immortalized for a generation of girls in Judy Bloom’s classic, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

--D.J.

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