Thanks to Twilight we are all familiar with Team Edward and Team Jacob, but what about Team Danielle and Team Kim G.? Perhaps the era of Twilight is giving way to the era of The Real Housewives, as this reality series keeps growing in popularity. Danielle and Kim G. are part of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. See PEOPLE for details on the dispute, but suffice to say, Danielle and Kim G. are in a showdown over who said what, what others know, and who's to blame for the dispute -- the usual ingredients of reality show meltdowns.
We'll offer some information on these two names and see how Danielle and Kim stack up next to each other.
- Name Voyager shows Kim in the top 1000 names for girls and boys in America from the 1940s-1980s. Currently not in the top 1000.
- Peak Popularity as a girl's name: #43 in the 1960s
On this day in 1923, a name was propelled into the spotlight: Calvin. Upon the sudden death of President Warren G. Harding on August 2, John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. became President of the United States of America. The sudden importance of the man known as "Silent Cal," who would preside over the fun part of the Roaring Twenties, vaulted the already popular name Calvin to new heights.Read More...
Evelyn Salt. If you've seen a bus go by the past few months, you've most likely seen the question, "Who is Salt?" Well, originally Salt was Edwin Salt, to be played by Tom Cruise. But, now Evelyn Salt is Angelina Jolie. In the August Vanity Fair issue, Rich Cohen calls Jolie a "stealth feminist, expanding gender roles from the inside, taking the blockbuster male lead and adding a vowel to the end of the character's first name." We take Mr. Cohen's point, but as name aficionados, we must point out the obvious -- the film makers did not just add a vowel to give us Edwina. Instead, retaining the E- beginning and the consonant -n ending, the character became Evelyn.
That the film makers decided to go with a consonant ending intrigues us, as the -a ending is certainly the ending most associated with female names. Six of the top ten girls names in America end with -a. Even more intriguing is the choice of Evelyn. If the film makers liked the -n ending, they could have gone withRead More...
Remember Beck? Back in the early 1990s, when Radiohead's Thom York was a Creep, Beck Hansen was a Loser, baby. He followed up his major-label debut with the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Odelay, and his musical reputation was sealed. More gold records, Grammy nominations, and collaborations with everyone hip and awesome followed.
Then he married actress Marissa Ribisi (Giovanni Ribisi's twin sister) and had a couple of kids. And their names are the focus of our first ever Sibset Spotlight, where we look at some of the interesting sibsets in our Celebrity Baby Name Lookup database.
Hansen and Ribisi named their kids Cosimo Henri and Tuesday, a quirky sibset as we might expect from the pair. Cosimo is the Italian derivation of the Greek for "order, decency," and was the name of the founder of the 15th century Florentine powerhouse family, the Medicis. The name fits Marissa's Italian heritage. But how to explain Tuesday? We offer three theories.Read More...
From her pen name (Diablo) to the title character of her Acadamy Award-winning screenplay (Juno) to her new son's name (Marcello) -- we gather Cody likes names that end in "o." What else do the names share, with each other and with other recent celebrity births?Read More...
Larissa Bartlett, First Lady of Tasmania, recently let The New Yorker in on her naming process. TheTalk of the Town column reports that Bartlett's son, Hudson, is "named in part for the Hudson River and in part for Peter Hudson, a well-known Tasmanian football player." No word on the story behind Bartlett's other child's name -- daughter Matilda. Our bet is that Larissa and David Barlett, her husband and Tasmania's premier, were inspired by Waltzing Matilda, perhaps the most famous song to come out of Australia. This song seems to have inspired Australian Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams, who named their daughter Matilda, as well as Australian Rachel Griffiths, whose son Banjo is presumably named after Banjo Paterson, author of the ballad.
So our musing of the day:
1. What names fit the Hudson criteria?
- must be the name of a water source (we'll expand beyond river)
- must be the name of a celebrity figure (we'll expand beyond football)
2. What names fit the Matilda criterion?Read More...
Samantha, that "timeless classic" that today calls to mind Sex in the City and American Girl dolls, was actually no more popular than Permelia before the debut of Bewitched in 1964, writes Laura Wattenberg on our sister site, Baby Name Wizard. A single magic tv character made this name a star. (Fun fact: the only Samantha among celebrity babies in our database is the daughter of Sex in the City alum, Cynthia Nixon.)
Think Samantha is an unusual example? Think again. As Wattenberg commented on Lemondrop, "Your recipe for a pop culture phenomenon? You take a movie or a TV show with attractive young people who have supernatural powers." Twilight's bevy of hits are only the latest example of this. Do you know what other "classic" names were launched by cute, supernaturally-experienced teens?Read More...
In our post on names for the iCarly generation, reader Sara commented:
I think it would be so interesting to interview a bunch of 4-5 year olds and ask them their favorite names - trying to predict the popular baby names 25 years from now!
Great idea, Sara! We know from experience that kids can be name nerds too. Just ask Dakota Fanning, who reportedlyRead More...
Mad Men lovers get ready -- Sunday night the fourth season begins, at 10/9c on AMC. This is a show with style, every detail -- from clothes and hairdos to the fruit in the fruit basket -- meticulously chosen to evoke the late 1950s/early 1960s.
We've written on the names of Mad Men at length, check out:
- Mad Men and Cool Names (comparing character and actor names)
- Can Mad Men Bring Back "Don" and "Joan"? (looking at how many of the names on Mad Men experienced a brief spell of popularity, but now are off the charts)
- Mad Men -- What Would You Name New Characters? (speculating on name choices for potential new fourth season characters)
Today we are wondering: Were the names Don, Betty, Joan, Roger, Peggy, Pete, Trudy, Sally, Bobby, and Gene actually popular name choices in mid-century New York, the show's setting?
To explore this, we'll look at two things:
1. The popularity of the above names in New York in 1960. (Using Name Mapper)Read More...