Category Archives: Character Names

Newsworthy Names – End of September

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It’s nearly October and Fall is here so let’s fall in love with a new batch of baby names! Today we’ll look at names that premiered this week on TV as well as some names celebrities picked for their little ones recently.

Abishola
Chuck Lorre’s new comedy Bob ❤ Abishola introduced us to the beautiful Nigerian Abishola. I predict Abishola, like Daenerys and other distinctive character names, will rise in popularity within the year.

Beverly Rose
Becky Conner became a Mom in The Conners season premiere. Becky went with Beverly Rose, a name rich in familial ties. Little Beverly Rose was named for her Great-Grandmother Beverly, and late Grandma Roseanne. Beverley is an English name meaning dweller near the beaver stream.

Piper
A little girl without a name emerges in Emergence. The name world sat on the edge of their sofas awaiting the name that would be bestowed upon the little girl and she was age-appropriately named Piper. Piper is an English occupational name for a pipe or flute player.

Poppy & George
Modern Family aired its final season premiere this week and debuted Haley and Dylan’s twins names – Poppy and George! Poppy was named for her Mom’s favorite flower. Poppy is more popular across the pond but it is an adorable flower name to watch. George was named for Boy George and has long been a favorite among the royals. A Greek name meaning farmer, George is another name expected to rise. A lovely British-inspired set right on trend!

Jackson
CBS crowned Jackson Michie as the Season 21 winner of Big Brother last Wednesday. Jackson is a popular name in the U.S. especially when you add up all the spellings in the Top 1k. Jackson is an English name which fittingly means son of Jack.

Now let’s highlight a few non-fictional names…

Winter Mercy
Alanis Morissette and Mario “Souleye” Treadway welcomed baby Number 3, son Winter Mercy, on August 8th. Winter joins older brother Ever Imre and older sister Onyx Solace. Winter is more popular with girls but is a delightful word and seasonal name.

Giovanna Ines
Daphne Oz and John Jovanovic are wonderful namers and on August 14th they welcomed baby Number 4, Giovanna Ines “Gigi.” Little Gigi joins older siblings Philomena Bijou, Jovan, and Domenica Celine. Giovanna is an Italian name meaning God is gracious.

Carolina Dorothy
Eric and Lara Trump welcomed their second child, Carolina Dorothy, on August 19th. Carolina joins older brother Eric Luke “Luke.” A beautiful place name and variation of Caroline, Carolina means freeman.

Delilah
Keira Knightley and James Righton welcomed their second daughter in September 2018. Rumor has it Keira and James, parents to Edie, selected Delilah for their second daughter. Delilah is a Hebrew and Arabic name meaning delight and flirt.

Remi Leigh
Sean Paul and Jodi Stewart welcomed daughter Remi Leigh on September 3rd. Little Remi joins older brother Levi Blaze. Remi is a French name meaning oarsman that has been on the rise for boys and girls in the U.S.

Marli
Chance the Rapper and Kirsten Corley welcomed second daughter Marli into their family on September 6th. Marli joins older sister Kensli. Marli is a spelling variation of Marley, an English name meaning pleasant seaside meadow.

Hudson London
Flip or Flop star Christina and husband Ant Anstead welcomed son Hudson London on September 6th. Hudson joins older half siblings Taylor and Brayden. Hudson is an English name on the rise meaning Hugh’s son.

Maverick Nicolas
Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson welcomed their third son Maverick Nicolas on September 9th. Maverick joins older brothers Boomer Robert and Beckett Richard. Maverick is a word name used to describe a nonconformist.

Kinsey Sioux
Kieran Culkin and Jazz Charton welcomed their first child, daughter Kinsey Sioux on September 13th. Kinsey is an English name meaning kings victory.

Rellie Evangeline
James and Kelsie Dupre welcomed their first child together Rellie Evangeline on September 20th. Rellie has an unknow meaning but Evangeline has significance to the family as James is from Evangeline Parish in Louisiana.

You can hear me chat more about these names here:

Alice

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❤ Alice ❤
German meaning “noble”
Classic. Royal. Literary. Whimsical

Alice is a classic and intriguing name rich with royal and literary ties. Most people associate the name Alice with the iconic character created by Lewis Carroll  in his 1871 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Carroll’s novel was later adapted into Disney’s animated film Alice in Wonderland in 1951. Carroll’s Alice has been a muse featured in numerous artistic adaptations.

There are numerous characters outside of Carroll’s Alice in literature. Alice Cullen in the Twilight saga flipped our image of a blonde pre-teen in a ribbon to a pixie-cut-raven-haired beauty.  Alice was also the name of Neville Longbottom’s Mom in the Harry Potter series. The 1971 novel Go Ask Alice,gets its title from a lyric in Jefferson Airplane’s song White Rabbit.

Alice has German roots, possibly from an Old French name meaning noble. Queen Victoria used the moniker for her second daughter. Alice became a popular name in England and France during the 12th century and has been used by many royal families.

Celebrities have been loving and using this classic yet whimsical name as well. Writer John Green has daughter Alice Grace, actor Tom Cavanagh named his daughter Alice Ann, and comedian Tina Fey is Mom to Alice Zenobia.

❤ Sisters to Alice: Amelia, Eloise, Imogen, Josephine, Lucy

❤Brothers to Alice: August, Desmond, Henry, Luke

❤ Middle Name Suggestions: Alice Juliette, Alice Matilda, Alice Penelope, Alice Victoria, Alice Winter

❤ Names with a similar vibe to Alice: Claire, Ellis, Eve, Iris, Hazel

What do you think of the name Alice?

Eight Great April Namesakes

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Spring has sprung and April is showering us with name inspiration! Check out these eight great namesakes fit for a baby born any month of the year.

Alessandra
Brazilian model and actor Alessandra Ambrósio was born on April 11th. Alessandra is probably best recognized as a Victoria Secret angel. A Spanish and Italian form of Alexandra, meaning defending men, Alessandra is grand, extoic, and yet totally usable at Number 313 in popularity. A great name to honor anyone from an Alexander to an Alice to an Alessia, Alessandra is a stunning name.

Bijou
Actor and model Bijou Phillips, daughter of musician John Phillips, was born on April 1st. Bijou is a delightful and whimsical French name, pronounced bee-zhoo, meaning jewel. A rarely used name in the U.S. as well in France, Bijou is a brave and quirky choice.

Clark
Actor and director Clark Gregg, born Robert Clark Gregg, celebrates his birthday on April 2nd. Clark plays Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Clark is an English surname and occupational name referring to a clerk or scribe. A crisp name with an Old-Hollywood tie, Clark currently ranks at Number 380 in popularity.

Hawkins
English actor and Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins blows out her Birthday candles on April 27th. Sally has been in many beloved period pieces, including Persuasion (where are my Jane Austen lovers at?). I love the wholesome sweet name Sally, but today I wanted to highlight Hawkins, familiar as a surname it makes for an unexpected first name. Hawkins is an English surname meaning Hawk, a natural nickname to a fun name choice.

Hugo
Actor Hugo Weaving was born on April 4th. Hugo has portrayed multiple iconic roles from Elrond in The Lord of the Rings films to Agent Smith in the Matrix Trilogy. Hugo is a Latin form of Hugh meaning mind and intellect. Hugo may remind you of writer Victor Hugo or of Hugo Cabret in the film Hugo. Hugo is a name with many great film and literary ties. Hugo currently ranks at Number 418 in popularity.

Murphy
Eddie Murphy is one of the most recognizable comedians and actors of our time. Eddie celebrates his birthday on April 3rd. Born Edward Regan Murphy, I appreciate the historic and literary ties to the classic Edward but again felt we should draw inspiration from a surname. An Irish name meaning sea warrior, Murphy is a well-loved canine name choice. A unisex name, the show Murphy Brown gave this name a nudge for the girls in the 80’s and 90’s.

Ronan
Irish actress Saoirse Ronan was born April 12th. In addition to being a phenomenal actress, Saoirse has such a great name that both her first and last name made my list today. So let’s talk about the Irish surname Ronan. Ronan in addition to having a hearty Irish feel also comes with the irresistible meaning of little seal. A strong yet sweet name choice, Ronan currently ranks at Number 296 in popularity.

Saoirse
Saoirse Ronan helped introduce her lovely name to American audiences. Saoirse is pronounced SEER-sha or SAIR-sha depending on region and accent. Saoirse is dipping her toes in the Top 1,000, currently ranked at Number 962 in popularity. Need something else to love about this beautiful Irish name gem? Saoirse means liberty, and with that I drop the name mic. 😉

Best Girls Names on Kids TV

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If you’re around children chances are you can sing the lyrics of many popular kids-show theme songs. While you may wish some of the songs weren’t so catchy, you may wanna catch on to some of the fabulous girls names used on kids TV shows. Here are five that get my vote.

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Amaya, also known by her alias Owlette, is a quick-witted, fast-flying superhero on the Disney Junior show PJ Masks. Amaya is a Spanish form of the Japanese name Amaia meaning night rain. At Number 176 in popularity, is a melodic name that ages well. Actors Mariska Hargitay and Peter Herman have a daughter named Amaya Josephine.

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Sesame Street creators gave us a new animated show to love last year called Esme & Roy. Esme is always eager to help out her best-friend, a monster named Roy. Esme is a darling French name meaning beloved. A name quickly on the rise, Esme currently ranks at Number 585 in popularity. Esme will remind J.D. Salinger fans of the novel For Esme with Love and Squalor. Esme was also a name used in the Twilight Saga and A Series of Unfortunate Events.

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How can I not include a girl named Luna Petunia? Obviously her parents were adventurous namers. Luna is the title character in the Netflix series Luna Petunia: Return to Amazia. A Latin name meaning moon, Luna is well-loved and used ranking at Number 37 in popularity. Another wonderful and whimsical Luna from children’s literature, Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series comes to mind. Several celebrities including John Legend & Chrissy Teigen and Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have named their little ones Luna.

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Pig-tailed, purple-haired, Oona is one of the ensemble cast of mermaids in the pre-school series Bubble Guppies. Bubble Guppies has a slew of interesting names from Deema to Avi, but today Oona gets the spotlight. Oona comes from the Irish name Una, meaning lamb. Charlie Chaplin’s fourth wife, Oona O’Neill was also the daughter of playwright Eugene O’Neill. Oona was passed down to Chaplin’s granddaughter, actor Oona Castilla Chaplin.

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With hair-colors as diverse as their lovely names, True from the Netflix show True and the Rainbow Kingdom, rounds out our list for today. A heroine with a heart-of-gold True is also a wonderful virtue name. Khloe Kardashian made headlines for using this sweet word name for the daughter in 2018. Joely Fisher and Forest Whitaker each used this moniker for their daughters as well. True pairs a smooth sound with a great meaning.

Six Sweet February Namesakes

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February is synonymous with love and there is a lot to love about these Six Sweet February Namesakes! At the end I’ll link my previous February Namesakes articles which are packed with cultural and historic names, but today lets look at some fresh darling names for February inspiration.

Alice
The distinctively raspy voiced singer and song writer Alice Cooper celebrates his birthday on February 4th. Alice is a very classic sounding German name meaning noble. There’s the Alice in Wonderland connection, Twilight‘s Alice Cullen, and the rocker edge Cooper adds to this simple sweet name. Alice currently ranks at Number 70 in the U.S.

Brinkley
Eternally beautiful model and businesswoman Christie Brinkley blows out her candles on February 2nd. Brinkley definitely has a cutesy modern vibe. An English surname meaning wood clearing, Brinkley fits right in with similar trending names like Ainsley and Everley.

Cash
You know what makes the word name Cash even cooler? It’s association with legendary musician Johnny Cash born February 26th. Cash may also be a diminutive of Cassius meaning hollow. Cash is a name American’s are loving lately and currently ranks at Number 285.

Cobain
The late musician Kurt Cobain was born on February 20th. While Kurt would a great name, Cobain is prime for a music-loving hispter takeover! Cobain is an Irish and Scottish surname. Surnames and two syllable names ending in “n” are definitely right on trend, could Cobain be the next big thing?

Mia
Activist,actor, and model Mia Farrow, who uses Mia as a nickname for her birth name Maria, was born February 9th. Mia is an Italian name meaning mine or a diminutive name coming from Mary meaning bitter. This sweet little three-letter name has been taking the U.S. by storm and currently ranks at Number 6 in popularity.

Zane
Actor and Producer Billy Zane was born on February 24th. While Zane’s first name William “Billy” is well loved and used, Zane is climbing the charts at Number 202 in popularity. Zane may come from the name John meaning God is gracious and certainly has a familiar sound with a fun beginning initial.

My previous February Namesake Articles:

https://nameberry.com/blog/february-namesakes-to-inspire-you

https://nameberry.com/blog/notable-boy-namesakes-for-february

Names from the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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Netflix recently released the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a show based off the comic series of the same name and it has been all the buzz around the water cooler. Perhaps part of the appeal is nostalgia for the much lighter late 90’s sitcom Sabina the Teenage Witch. There are some great names a brew from cast and characters alike!

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Played by Kiernan Shipka
Sabrina is the name of a mythological Celtic Princess as well as a Latin name derived from the River Severn. U.S. Ranking – Number 434.
Kiernan is traditionally and Irish male name meaning dark one. Not currently ranked in the U.S. Top 1,000 for either sex.

harveyHarvey Kinkle
Played by Ross Lynch
Harvey is a French name meaning battle worthy. U.S. Ranking – Number 382.
Ross is of Scottish origins meaning upland or Peninsula. Ross does not currently rank in the U.S. Top 1,000.

zeldaZelda Spellman
Played by Miranda Otto
Zelda comes from the name Griselda meaning gray battle. U.S. Ranking – Number 649.
Miranda is a Latin name meaning marvelous and worthy of admiration. U.S. Ranking – Number 344.

hildaHilda Spellman
Played by Lucy Davis
Hilda Hilda is a German name meaning battle woman. Hilda is not currently Ranked in the U.S. Top 1,000.
Lucy Lucy is an English variant of Lucia meaning Light. U.S. Ranking – Number 52.

ambroseAmbrose Spellman
Played by Chance Perdomo
Ambrose is a Latin name meaning immortal one. Ambrose does not currently rank in the U.S. Top 1,000.
Chance is a word name but may also be a variant of Chauncey, meaning chancellor. U.S. Ranking – Number 267.

maryMary Wardwell
Played by Michelle Gomez
Mary is a Latin name meaning bitter. U.S. Ranking – Number 126.
Michelle is a French feminine form of Michael meaning who is like God. U.S. ranking – Number 214.

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Played by Tati Gabrielle
Prudence is a Puritanical virtue name meaning caution. Prudence is not currently ranked in the U.S. Top 1,000.
Tati is short for Tatiana a Russian family name. Tatiana is currently ranked at Number 700 in the U.S.

faustusFather Faustus Blackwood
Played by Richard Coyle
Faustus is a Latin name possibly meaning auspicious or lucky. Faustus is rarely used in the U.S. and not ranked in the Top 1,000.
Richard is a German name meaning dominant ruler. U.S. Ranking – Number 175.

rozRosalind “Roz” Walker
Played by Jaz Sinclair
Rosalind is a Latin name meaning pretty rose. Rosalind is not currently ranked in the U.S. Top 1,000.
Jaz is a variant of Jasmine, a Persian flower name. Jaz is not ranked in the U.S. Top 1,000, while Jasmine ranks at Number 130.

susieSusie Putnam
Played by Lachlan Watson
Susie is a diminutive of the name Susan meaning lily. Susie is not currently ranked in the U.S. Top 1,000.
Lachlan is a Scottish name meaning from the forjed-land or land of lochs. Lachlan is ranked at Number 695 for boys in the U.S.

Happy Halloween!

Names from Disney’s “COCO”

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Parents and caregivers are always up on the latest children’s films to be released on Netflix. Disney Pixar’s “Coco” is all the rage right now. As I sat cross-legged on the floor to watch the delightful film for the third time this week, I kept wondering how the characters were related to one another and what their beautiful names meant.  SPOILER ALERT – not everyone in the film is who they seem, and this article reveals family names and connections.  I feel like I should start with Miguel, our stories protagonist, but my OCD mind feels like its better to start from the Top down.  See the graphic at the end of this article to see how everyone connects.

Imelda “Mamá  Imelda” – The sassy, suborn, matriarch of the family and Miguel’s Great-Great-Grandmother.  Voiced by Alanna Ubach. Imedla is a Spanish and Italian name meaning all-consuming fight, quite the perfect meaning for this fiery character.

Héctor – Talented and goofy Héctor is the guy we’re all rooting for.  We learn that he is Miguel’s Great-Great-Grandfather. Voiced by Gael García Bernal. Héctor is a Greek name widely used around the world.  Hector means holding fast and currently ranks at Number 317 in the U.S.

Oscar – One part of the lovable twin Uncles, “Tíos Oscar & Felipe.”  Oscar is one of Miguel’s Great-Great-Uncles. Voices by Herbert Siguenza. Oscar has English and Irish roots, though it’s been used in various countries and even has a bit of a hipster vibe. Rated at Number 192 Oscar has the adorable meaning, deer lover.

Felipe – The other half of the twin Uncle-Duo of “Tíos Oscar & Felipe.” Felipe is one of Miguel’s Great-Great-Uncles, also voiced by Herbert Siguenza. Much less popular than Oscar, Felipe, the Spanish form of Philip and ranks at Number 782.

Socorro “Coco” – The bearer of the films name, Socorro, better known as “Mamá Coco,” voiced by Ana Ofelia Murguia. Socorro is also the name of Miguel’s baby sister, born at the end of this film. A Spanish name meaning succour, help, or relief, the nickname “Coco” makes this name feel a bit more usable.

Julio – Miguel’s late great-grandfather, “Papá Julio” is lovable and kind. Voiced by Alfonso Arau. Julio is a Spanish form of Julius meaning youthful.  Julio is popular with Latino families and currently ranks at Number 499 in the U.S.

Rosita – Tía Rosita, Papá Julio’s sister is cheerful and adorable. I would’ve loved to see more of her in the film. Rosita is voiced by Selene Luna. Rosita is a Spanish nickname for Rosa, meaning rose. Rosita isn’t ranked within the Top 1,000, though Rosa comes in at Number 672.

Franco – Franco, “Papá Franco”, is Miguel’s grandfather and his name is totally ready for a revival. I think his namesake is in honor of the film composer, Germaine Franco.  Franco is an Italian form of Francis and currently ranks at Number 728 in popularity.

Elena – better known as “Abuelita”, Miguel’s Grandma is a bit or a tyrant though lovable, and full of good intentions.  Abuelita Elena is voiced by Renee Victor.  Elena is a Spanish form of Helen meaning bright, shining light.  Elena is trending right now and currently ranks at Number 67 in popularity.

Victoria –  Tía Victoria, Miguel’s Great-Aunt is a bit buttoned-up and no-nonsense like her Grandmother, Imelda. Voice by Dyana Ortellí, Tia Victoria would be a fun character to play.  Victoria is a classic Latin name meaning victory, currently ranked at Number 19.

Enrique  – Miguel’s  father, “Papá” is a loyal family man.  Voiced by Jaime Camil. Enrique is a Spanish form of Henry, meaning estate ruler.  Enrique isn’t quite as popular as Henry, it ranks at Number 487.

Luisa – Miguel’s mother, “Mamá ” is sensitive to her son and pregnant for most of the film with his little sister. Voiced by Sofia Espinosa. Luisa is an Italian feminine form of Louis meaning renowned warrior. Luisa isn’t in the Top 1,000 though the spelling Louisa ranked at Number 752.

Gloria – Gloria is Miguel’s Aunt or Tía. She’s outspoken and has fun makeup, don’t we all have a Gloria in our lives? Gloria is a Latin name meaning glory that ranks at Number 561.  I predict that glory, this names meaning, will take off in the years to come.

Berto  Tío Berto, Miguel’s Uncle, is voiced by Luis Valdez. Berto is quite a little character, a bit clumsy, but also a kind family man.  Berto is a Spanish nickname for names like Alberto, Roberto, and other names with similar endings. As a stand-alone name, Berto is not in the Top 1,000.

Carmen – Carmen is Berto’s wife, and Miguel’s Aunt or Tía. Carmen is a Spanish form of Carmel and means garden. Carmen is an attractive name that works well in various languages and currently ranks at Number 405 in the United States.

Abel – Abel is Miguel’s dutiful cousin who like his father is a bit of a klutz. Abel is a Hebrew name meaning breath that people are loving.  Currently ranked at Number 146, Abel is one of those names more popular than many may realize.

Rosa – Rosa is another one of Miguel’s cousins.  I love how they dressed her in the film.  Rosa may have been named for her Tía Rosita.  Rosa means rose and ranks at Number 672.

Benny – One half of Miguel’s twin-cousin duo of Benny and Manny.  Benny may be a dimiuntive of a multitude of Ben names – from Benjamin to Benicio. I think Benicio would be a handsome and fitting fuller name for this character.

Manny – Benny’s twin brother, and Miguel’s cousin, is Manny. Manny is a diminutive of Emmanuel, a Hebrew name meaning God is with us.  Manny may also work as a nickname for Manuel, which I think would fit this character’s heritage well.

Miguel – Finally we get to our tenacious and talented little Miguel. Vocied my Anthony Gonzalez. Miguel is a Spanish and Portuguese form of the name Michael, meaning who is like the Lord. Miguel is a well-loved name, ranking at Number 176 in the U.S.

Ernesto – I had to included another lead character, the antagonist, Ernesto de la Cruz voiced by Benjamin Bratt. Ernesto is a Spanish and Italian form of Ernest meaning serious and resolute.  Ernesto currently ranks at Number 708 in popularity.

What are your favorite names from the Rivera Family?

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