After the heyday of Susan and Suzanne and before the rise of Summer, a pair of names quietly peaked on the charts: Sunny and Sunshine. Besides the Su- beginning and the era's fondness for the hippy aesthetic, where did these names come from? Daylight Saving Time.
While Sunny and Sunshine are the only Sun- names ever to crack top-1000, other sunny monikers are quietly bestowed on hundreds of US children each year. What are they?Read More...
"For Colored Girls" (opening tomorrow) presented Tyler Perry with a tricky naming task.
In Ntozake Shange's original, award-winning play (full title: "for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf") the women were known only by their colors: "Woman in Yellow" or "Woman in Green." The idea that each character represented a color mattered, because it was the unified arc of their experiences that made up the titular rainbow.
So when the characters needed actual names for the movie version, it made for a ticklish naming scenario.Read More...
Long-time fans of MTV's The Real World know that the current season, The Real World: New Orleans, is not the first time the show has filmed in the great Louisiana city. Ten years ago, season nine also took place there.
Diehard fans may even remember season nine's Matt Smith, a sweet-tempered virgin who did not reciprocate the feelings his roommate Julie Stoffer had for him. Fast forward ten years: Smith is now married and has a two-year-old daughter named Norah Grace. Last week, he and his wife, Candyce, welcomed their second daughter, Stella St. Clare Smith.
Mom and baby are healthy and doing fine, but all was not smooth sailing when Stella arrived during a full moon on October 21st.
Now more than ever, the names we choose send messages. Of course, some of those names send messages more directly than others do.
Meet Pro-Life, a candidate for governor in Idaho.
Pro-Life is his legal name. A perennial candidate, the former coal miner and CPA-turned-organic strawberry farmer has also run for state senate and Fire Commissioner. In 2004, he legally changed his name to Marvin Pro-Life Richardson, to make his message crystal clear.
Things took a turn when, in the 2006 governor's race,Read More...
Chances are you don't know her. But allow us to introduce you. Because she seems all but fated to be a household name very soon.
She first appeared in 2009's "Youth in Revolt," starring the affable Michael Cera. Then she made "The Winning Season" with Emma Roberts and Sam Rockwell. Now she's in theaters as the woman who breaks Mark Zuckerberg's heart in "The Social Network." And next year she'll be back on the silver screen yet again in the biggest break of her career so far; she's been chosen to play Lisbeth Salander in Sony Pictures' adaption of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
When we saw her name in the credits of "The Social Network," we knew we had to get the scoop on her Hollywood perfect name. We were unsurprised, though also a bit disappointed, to learn that Rooney Mara isn't exactly her real name--it's only part of it.
There are many names we associate with Halloween: Ichabod Crane of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Frankenstein; Dracula and even Carrie. But for people of a certain generation, the name most associated with Halloween may just be Elvira.
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is a relatively recent character. Created in the 1980s as the hostess of a B-movie series on a local television station in Los Angeles, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark quickly became a cult figure, and eventually a pop culture icon
We Name Enthusiasts gripe a lot about celebrity baby names that are "NMS," too outrageous or too boring. Is it possible that a celebrity baby name has finally arrived that Name Enthusiasts will love?
We think so.
Jessica Capshaw, daughter of Kate Capshaw and stepdaughter of Steven Spielberg, who is a popular actress in her own right (she plays Dr. Arizona Robbins on Grey's Anatomy), gave birth to a second child on October 20. The baby girl, who joins older brother
Neither Nelson nor Eddy made our prediction list, which was developed on the basis of "sibling matches" for René-Charles, the name of the couple's older son. We did, however, mention that René-Charles was a namesake, and in that regard, the twins follow suit with a family style.
Baby Eddy is named for Eddy Marney, who produced
When we first wrote about Krystal Ball, she was a long-shot candidate for Congress. Today, she's still a long shot candidate for Congress; but she's also turned a sexy-photo scandal into a feminist triumph and earned the title of "the Sarah Palin of the left." How much has her name helped?
The coverage of her can't avoid mentioning the name; it's just too ridiculous. It's an instant point of contact between people. The name is also, arguably, the reason her story had steam in the first place. As Nisha Chattal wrote, "A 27 year old running for congress? and a woman? There has never been a woman under 30 in Congress. And that name!"
The idea that a name like "Krystal Ball" could be a kind of political asset is counterintuitive.Read More...
Did you catch Monday night's episode of How I Met Your Mother? It was titled, appropriately, "Baby Names." Our ears perked up in the opening scene when a couple began to argue about what to name their newborn daughter; in the first thirty seconds both Tiffany and Vodka are vetoed. Throughout the rest of the show, our star couple, Lily and Marshall, debate the name of their future child.Read More...