Amidst the winter gloom and hustle of the New Year, we’ve been in award ceremony mode for weeks! Most recently were the SAG Awards and Golden Globes, all of which are leading up to the most anticipated ceremony of the season—the Oscars. Most of the big winners for each of the award shows have been from the same group of films—Argo, Life of Pi, Les Misérables and Silver Linings Playbook. In anticipation of the show, which will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane, check out our list of baby names inspired by Oscar nominated films!
Tony (Argo): Flourishing man; From an ancient Roman family
Jean (Les Misérables): Form of John, meaning “God is gracious”
Santosh (Life of Pi): One who is content
Patrick (Silver Linings Playbook): A noble man; Patrician
Cora (Argo): A young maiden; In mythology, another name for underworld goddess
Fantine (Les Misérables): One who is playful and childlike
Gita (Life of Pi): A beautiful song/ A good woman
Tiffany (Silver Linings Playbook): Form of Theophania, meaning “manifestation of god”
Growing up is hard enough, but what’s a kid to do when he can see and communicate with the dead? Norman Babcock finds himself as that guy who happens to be able to communicate with dead people in the new stop-motion kid’s flick, ParaNorman. It’s a lighthearted and Halloween-esque approach to following a kid’s life that doesn’t quite fit into the mainstream mold. Norman needs to use his special ability to help others—a pretty standard and positive message for kids. Even if his special ability happens to include ghosts and dead people; it’s the thought that counts! Will you be taking your little ones to go see the new animated film? If you’re expecting another on the way, check out these new baby names from the Babcock family!
Norman (English): A man from the north
Mitch (English): Form of Michael, meaning “who is like god?”
Perry (Latin): Form of Peregrine, meaning “one who travels; A wanderer”
Neil (Gaelic): The champion
Courtney (English): A courteous woman; Courtly
Sandra (Greek): Form of Alexandra, meaning “helper and defender of mankind”
Blithe (English): Filled with happiness
Aggie (Greek): Good and kind; St. Agatha is the patron saint of bell-founders
The Dark Knight Rises premiered July 20 to the type of crowds only midnight premiers are made of. The film is the final installment in the Batman trilogy, featuring Bruce Wayne himself suffering blow after blow as he tries to save Gotham City. Wall Street Journal movie critic Joe Morgenstern described the film as “notable for many things—thrilling chases, supercool vehicles, majestic vistas” and “an epic scale that hasn’t been achieved since The Lord of the Rings.” Most reviews have been positive, though not as positive as the 2008 release of The Dark Knight, with a couple of dissatisfied movie goers in the mix, too. Such an anticipated release is bound to have results on both sides of the fence, are you going to see it yourself?
In honor of Batman, here are some baby names inspired by the film.
Harvey (English/French): One who is ready for battle/ A strong man
Bruce (Scottish): A man from Brieusel One who is wellborn; From an influential family
Gordon (Gaelic): From the great hill; A hero
Alfred (English): One who counsels the elves
Martha (Aramaic) Mistress of the house; in the Bible, the sister of Lazarus and Mary
Selina (French): French form of Latin “caelum” meaning sky or heaven
Holly (English): Of the holly tree
Miranda (Latin): One who is worthy of admiration
With each book series that turns into a major movie release, it seems as though we’re becoming more and more engrossed with limelight. Movies go up against each other in box office face offs, some including midnight premieres with lines of costumed fans eager with anticipation. You might not have been at the Hunger Games release carrying a replica bow and arrow, but you can still love the story. Baby names from recent releases like the Hunger Games and The Avengers are a popular trend in baby names right now. Your husband can prove his dedication to Dr. Banner without painting himself green—his son Bruce will be a permanent reminder.
Since the films are so popular, there’s a chance your child will not be the only one with a particular name. As long as it’s the name you love, that’s all that matters! Here are some of the top names inspired by book/film releases.
Loki (Norse): In mythology, a trickster god
Peter (Greek): As solid and strong as a rock
Jacob (Hebrew): He who supplants
Brady (Irish): The son of a large-chested man
Rue (Greek): From the medicinal herb
Gwen (Welsh): One who is fair; Of the white ring
Olive (Latin): Of the olive tree; One who is peaceful
Merida: Rebellious princess from the Disney/
Pixar film Brave
The Amazing Spider-Man is the latest installment of the comic book hero to hit theaters. The story focuses around Peter, who is trying to find his way through high school while coming to an understanding about his parents’ disappearance. The movie comes ten years after the original debuted—has it really been that long? Reviews are mixed about the remake, spanning from living up to the “amazing” name, and raising questions as to why a new version even needed to be made. It might be worth a shot if not only to see Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone together on screen.
If sitting for the credits isn’t part of your movie-going experience, here are some names inspired by actors in The Amazing Spider-Man.
Andrew Garfield, Spider-Man/Peter Parker
Rhys Ifans, The Lizard/ Dr. Curt Connors
Irrfan Khan, Rajit Ratha
Campbell Scott, Richard Parker
Emma Stone, Gwen Stacy
Kari Coleman, Helen Stacy
Sally Field, Aunt May
Embeth Davidtz, Mary Parker