The Youngest Oscar Nominated Name - Quvenzhané Wallis
The 2012 Oscar nominations were announced this morning and for the most part, it's a lot of the same names we've seen year in and year out. In fact, the entire Best Supporting Actor category is made up of previous Academy Award winners. But there is one name that caught our eye, and she is also breaking a record this year at age nine as the youngest actress ever to be nominated in the Best Actress category - Quvenzhané Wallis.
Wallis stunned audiences with her performance as Hushpuppy, another interesting name, in the critically acclaimed film Beasts of the Southern Wild, which is nominated for Best Picture. Although we were also wowed by her performance, her name is what really interests us.
We may have scoffed a bit at the idea of Kim and Kanye naming their baby Kimye just a few days ago, but now we're biting our tongue. According to multiple sources, the first part of the name Quvenzhané comes from a combination of Wallis's mother and father's names - Qulyndreia and Venjie. According to Wallis on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the second part of her name, Zhané, means fairy in Swahili. She has three siblings, Qunyquekya, Venjie Jr. and Vejon, all with similarly interesting names.
If you're curious how to pronounce Quvenzhané, here's a nice round up from Slate on the different pronouncinations media outlets have offered, as well as a video of Wallis saying it herself. She explains it with a cute story about how she almost missed the call that she had received the part because the casting directors asked for her by her nickname, Nazie (pronounced NAY-zie).
What do you think of the name Quvenzhané? What about the nickname Nazie? What two first names do you think go together nicely to form a new, unique name?