Category Archives: Pop Culture


Top 2012 Baby Names

As 2012 comes to a close, we’re recognizing the top baby names of the year. According to the Huffington Post, pop culture took over for the top spots in baby names this year. The Hunger Games earned Katniss in the top spot for the girls, with “Glee” inspired Finn for the top boy’s spot.

One of the most talked about baby names this year is also pop culture inspired, but it’s not a character from television or a movie. Yes, we’re talking about Hashtag Jameson. Hashtag is named after the hashtag symbol (#) frequently used on Twitter.

Maybe it’s due to living in the Twitter age, but Hashtag isn’t the baby name we’re most surprised about this year. Rosalind Arusha Akadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson is. Uma Thurman, who also has children Maya and Levon, welcomed her first child with Arpad Busson in July, and gave her little girl just a few names to learn how to spell.

With the New Year only hours away, we’re giving you a few of our favorite names for 2013!

Hank (English): Form of Henry, meaning “the ruler of the house”
Eli (Hebrew): One who has ascended; My god on high
Tilden (English): From the fertile valley
Iago (Spanish): Form of James, meaning “he who supplants”

Robin (English): Form of Roberta, meaning “one who is bright with fame”; resembling the red-breasted songbird
Quinn (German): Woman who is queenly
Efia (African): Born on a Friday
Lanai (Hawaiian): A veranda; From the island


Has a Pop Culture Reference Ruined a Name?

Whether we realize it or not, we critique names as often as we hear them. It’s difficult not to base an idea of someone from their name whether you’ve met yet or not, and we certainly know afterwards whether or not their personality was as expected. Has a name from a movie or book ever ruined one you planned on naming your child? Characters in stories have inevitably carried the names of people we know, but is it enough to associate the name so much that you have to choose something else?

We put together a list of popular baby names from some of the most loved-to-hate pop culture references. Is your name on it?

Cameron, The Social Network
Tyler, The Social Network
Paul, Juno
Jack, The Lovely Bones 

Isabella, Twilight
Marlena, Water for Elephants
Janice, “Friends”
Sarah, “Downtown Abbey”