The 73rd Annual Golden Globes were held on Sunday, January 10th. The big winners had some great names! Let’s celebrate their wins by pouring over their names.
Winners in Film
Best Actor in a Drama – Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Leonardo is handsome Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish form of Leonard. There’s a lot to love about this grand name with its smooth “o” ending. Leonardo majestically means “brave lion”, and comes with the lovable nickname Leo.
Best Actress in a Drama – Brie Larson, “Room”
Brie can be a diminutive of several names from Aubrey to Brianna. Brie Larson’s full first name is Brianne, a feminine form of Brian meaning “high, noble.” Last year there were 94 girls named Brianne and 74 named Brie.
Best Director – Alejandro Inarritu, “The Revenant”
Alejandro is another big handsome name with a wonderful “o” ending. Currently Number 157 in popularity, Alejandro is a Spanish form of Alexander, meaning “defending men.” Lady Gaga had a hit song in 2009 called “Alejandro.”
Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy – Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Matthew is a popular Hebrew name meaning “gift of God.” Matthew was a Top 10 name from 1972 till 2008. Currently Number 16, Matthew remains a household name. A few other attractive forms of Matthew include Mateo, Matthais, and Matthieu.
Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy – Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Jennifer was all the rage in the 1970’s. The number One name from 1970 through1984, a generation of Jennifer’s are now becoming mothers. Jennifer is a Cornish form of the Welsh name, Guinevere, meaning “white and fair.”
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”
Sylvester comes from a Latin name meaning “of the forest.” Only 75 little boys were named Sylvester last year. These days the name Sylvester brings to mind two images, one of actor Sylvester Stallone, and two of Sylvester the cat, from the Looney Tunes.
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
A crisp, classic name, Kate is a diminutive of the name Katherine meaning “pure.” Kate Winslet is a personal favorite of mine, and has played many characters with many great names. Check out some of her character names in my article 8 Great Kates.
Winners in Television
Best Actor in a Drama – Jon Hamm, “MadMen”
Jon Hamm’s first name is Jonathan. Currently Number 44 in popularity, Jonathan has been in the Top 50 since 1969. Jonathan is a well-loved Hebrew name meaning “gift of Jehovah.” Jonathan may seem like a more modern alternative to John, but John comes is still more popular at Number 26 in popularity.
Best Actress in a Drama – Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Taraji is a Swahili name meaning “hope.” Last year 200 little girls and 6 boys were named Taraji in the US. Could they have been named for the dynamic actress? Taraji is a fun, spunky name, with a wonderful meaning.
Best Actor is a Musical or Comedy – Gael Garcia Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle”
Gael is a name of uncertain meaning that may have derived from the word Gaelic. Gael is currently Number 231 in the US and is used in many countries. Gael is currently in the Top 100 in Catalonia, Mexico, and Spain.
Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy – Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Rachel is a popular Old Testament Hebrew name meaning “ewe.” A Top 50 name from 1972 to 2006, Rachel was most popular in 1996. It currently ranks at 155. Raquel is a Spanish and Portuguese variation, a bit less popular at Number 697.
Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie – Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero”
Did you know Oscar has never ranked lower than 245 in polarity? Currently Number 183, Oscar has a bit of a disputed origin and meaning. Oscar may come from an English or Gaelic name meaning “deer-lover”, or “God spear.”
Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie – Lady Gaga, “American Horror Story: Hotel”
As fun as Gaga is to say, Lady Gaga’s first name is Stefani. Stefani is a variation Stephanie, a name that peaked in the 1980’s. Stephanie comes from Stephen, meaning “crown, garland.” If you’re a fan of Lady Gaga’s latest role, you may enjoy my article on names from American Horror Story:Hotel
Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie – Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”
Christian is a popular Greek name meaning “follower of Christ.” Currently Number 42 in popularity, Christian has been in the Top 50 since 1991. Christian also ranks in the Top 100 in Australia, Austria, Chile, Denmark, Italy, and Norway.
Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series of TV Movie – Maura Tierney, “The Affair”
Maura was last in the US Top 1,000 in 1996. Last year only 161 little girls were named Maura. Maura may be an anglicized form of Maire, meaning “bitter”, or it could come from the Gaelic word mór meaning “great.”