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Would Award Your Baby With One Of These Names?

Last night's Tony awards may have put a few more performers on the road to future EGOTs. What's an EGOT, you ask? It's the performer's Grand Slam: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award win over a lifetime.  Only 11 people have had the honor of winning all four of these awards, but maybe EGOT seeking performers will be inspired by the awards when it's time to name a baby. How do these awards names rank as baby names?

There are a couple of origin stories for Oscar but the most commonly cited one says it was named because an Academy employee thought the little golden man looked like her "Uncle Oscar". At the time of the first Academy Awards dinner in 1929, Oscar was #117 and after a few dips and rises it is #162. Could celeb dad Hugh Jackman be showing his love for acting—his 12 year old son is an Oscar.

The Grammys were more pragmatically coined, sensibly enough they were originally the Gramaphone Awards. While not a common name, Grammy is close enough to #255 Graham for us. Graham is on an upswing in popularity, and we would not be surprised to see a more babies sporting this classic English name soon.

The Tony was named for Antoinette “Toni” Perry (an actress, director, producer and philanthropist involved with the awards’ founding). Tony peaked as a boy’s name in the 60s and 70s, reaching as high as #51, but currently dwelling at #409. Antoinette has fallen steadily since the 1910s, and is currently out of the top 1000 names. In 2004 musician Chris Cornell named his daughter Toni (also on the way out of the top 1000).
The Emmy takes its name from "Immy" for the "image orthicon tube" used in the early cameras, and who knows, maybe actress Emmy Rossum will get a boost this awards season for her work on Showtime’s Shameless. Perhaps thanks to the success of sound alike Emma, Emmy entered the top 1000 at #957 in 2007 and was #775 last year.

Eagle-eyed forum readers spotted performance inspired “Cue” recently--what showbiz style names have you seen?

--H.A.

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June 11, 2012 10:42 PM
By Devin (not verified)

Plus J.Lo's daughter is Emme too, just a different spelling.

June 12, 2012 3:37 AM
By Rocio Zeigler (not verified)

The Emmy takes its name from "Immy" for the "image orthicon tube" used in the early cameras, and who knows,

June 15, 2012 6:21 AM
By Adrianne Etheridge (not verified)

The Grammys were more pragmatically coined, sensibly enough they were originally the Gramaphone Awards. While not a common name,

June 16, 2012 2:48 AM
By Arleen Skelton (not verified)

The Tony was named for Antoinette “Toni” Perry (an actress, director, producer and philanthropist involved with the awards’ founding)

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