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Serena also mentioned that her daughter has the initials "AO", a link to the Australian Open that Serena won while pregnant with her.
Didn't Stranger Things come out in 2016?
I fell for Rosalie in the movie "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!"
David S. Pumpkins
(Haha! Just kidding.)
I nominated "Bernie" in 2015, due in part to the "feel the Bern" slogan. I think 2015 was the place for it over 2016, personally. I also don't feel that any other changes in name meaning or usage in 2016 can be linked to political candidates. The meanings/usage of Hillary, Donald, Trump, all seemed established prior to this year.
Being a professional theatre actor, Hamilton also seems like a 2015 thing to me, but I'm probably not a great sample to look at there in terms of common usage.
I still don't understand how Harambe became as big a thing as it did.
I really wish I could say "Holtzmann" and believe it. The new Ghostbusters movie was SO GOOD, and that name really clicked for me with that character... but apparently the audience for the film wasn't as large as it deserved.
I'm Catholic, and I've had conversations on the subject of Saint name baby names with some stringent Catholic friends of mine.Here's what I always come back to:If all of the Saints had been named after other Saints, we'd have, like, 5 Saint names.
The Saints were generally NOT named after Saints. Their parents did their own thing. And they all turned out great. Great enough to be Sainted.
(And despite not naming their daughter after a pre-existing Saint, the parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux were just Sainted themselves in October. So obviously naming your kids after Saints is not something that the Vatican finds important.)Just food for thought. Good luck.
A few more ideas, to get your thoughts rolling:
Yeah, I agree with Scorpia. I don't think Caitlyn Jenner's story would have been different if she had been Amanda Jenner. I don't think the name is the story there. It doesn't dramatically change the name's usage. It doesn't have influence on broader style trends. And the name is not essential to the story. It doesn't pass ANY of Laura's tests.I still think "Feel the Bern" is a much more name-y story than "I Am Cait" is. And brought back a name that hasn't been in pop culture since, like, Weekend At Bernie's, about 30 years ago, whereas Caitlin has never fallen out of consistent usage.(And I disagree that we should hold off a year on Bernie because A) this is the year that the name AS A NAME made a big splash, even if the person goes on to make a bigger one in the future, and B) the odds of Bernie getting the nomination over Hillary aren't great.)
(Tangent: Want to make sure that you all have seen the Name Nerds post on spellings of Caitlin. It's called "You say Caitlin, I say Katelynne..."
How about Bernie?Not only is it a diminuitive name that seems strange for a presidential candidate, but also his campaign is using a name-based slogan: Feel the Bern. Definitely changed the way that I look at the name.
On "Arrested Development". The character George Oscar Bluth II goes by Gob (pronounced like Job with a soft g, rhymes with lobe).
I know an Ivy whose name is Isabelle Verity (initials I.V.)
Lille - Lisa Hannigan
Lilly - Pink Martini
Lola - The Kinks
Louie, Louie - The Kingsmen
Louisa - The Pierces
Lovely Rita - The Beatles
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - The Beatles
Luka - Suzanne Vega
Lukas - Natalie Imbruglia
Mandy - Barry Manilow
Maria Maria - Carlos Santana
Mary Jane - Alanis Morissette
Mary Jane Shoes - Fergie
Mary the Inventor - Ash Koley
Mary Without Sound - Motion City Soundtrack
Mary, Mary - The Monkees
Maxine - John Legend
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard - Simon & Garfunkel
Meet Virginia - Train
Meghan's Song - Matthew Perryman Jones
Michael and Heather at the Baggage Claim - Fountains of Wayne
Michelle - The Beatles
Miranda - Fleetwood Mac
Molly - Sponge
Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
Mona Lisa - Guster
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters - Elton John
Mother Mary - Foxboro Hot Tubs
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) - Billy Joel
My Sharona - The Knack
Nickel Romeo - The Bangles
Nina Pretty Ballerina - ABBA
Oh Angela! - Blair Crimmins and the Hookers
Oh, Emily - Jukebox the Ghost
Penny & Me - Hanson
Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Ramona - Guster
Revolving Dora - Fountains of Wayne
Richie and Ruben - Fountains of Wayne
Rocky Raccoon - The Beatles
Roll with Me, Henry - Etta James
Romeo - Basement Jaxx
Romeo - The Planet Smashers
Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits
Romeo and Juliet - The Indigo Girls
Romeo and Juliette - Sade
Rosey and Mick - Jewel
Run Bobby Run - Lesley Gore
Runaround Sue - Dion and the Belmonts
Sad Lisa - Cat Stevens
Sally's Advice - The Chenille Sisters
Sara - Chad Vangaalen
Sebastian - Reptar
Sherry Baby - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Shikaiya (For Billy) - Natalie Imbruglia
Simon Says - The Pipettes
Smackwater Jack - Carole King
So Sweet (Amelia) - Maria Mena ft. Thomas Dybdah
Song of Bernadette - Jennifer Warnes and Leonard Cohen
St. Jimmy - Green Day
Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne
Stan - Eminem ft. Dido
Stealing Rosemary - The Bangles
Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin
Suzy - The Chenille Sisters
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Sweet Gypsy Rose - Tony Orlando and Dawn
Sweet Louise - The Belle Brigade
Taylor the Latte Boy - Kristin Chenoweth
There Goes Lucy - The Rembrandts
Tom's Diner - Suzanne Vega
Turn on Billie - The Pierces
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Valerie - James Morrison
Valleri - The Monkees
Venus - The Shocking Blue
Victoria - The Kinks
Victoria (Tori) - John Mayer
Vince the Loveable Stoner - The Fratellis
Wake up, Little Susie - The Everly Brothers
Wendy - The Beach Boys
The Wind Cries Mary - John Mayer
Windy - The Association
Yolanda Hayes - Fountains of Wayne
You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
Adia by Sarah McLachlanAdrienne by The CallingAmelia by Natalie ImbrugliaAmie by Damien Rice
Andy, You're a Star by The KillersAngela by The Bee Gees
Angie by The Rolling Stones
Anna Sun by Walk the Moon
Antonia by Motion City Soundtrack
April Come She Will by Simon & Garfunkel
Barbie Girl by Aqua
Believe Me Natalie by The Killers
Bella Linda by The Grass Roots
Bennie and the Jets by Elton John
Bernadette by The Four Tops
Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes
Billy Brown by Mika
Black Betty by Ram Jam
Bloody Mary by Lady Gaga
Bobby's Girl by Lesley Gore
Bonnie & Clyde '03 by Jay-Z ft. Beyonce Knowles
Brandy Alexander by Feist
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Deep Blue Something
Brian Wilson by Barenaked Ladies
Call Tyrone by Erykah Badu
Candy Says by The Velvent Underground
Celia Inside by The Cardigans
Charlie, The Methadone Man by Fastball
Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis
Clementine by Pink Martini
Daniel by Bat for Lashes
Danny's Song by Anne Murray
Daria by Cake
David by Nellie McKay
Dear Prudence by The Beatles
Dirty Diana by Michael Jackson
Dr. John by Mika
Edie by The Cult
Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles
Emmylou by First Aid Kit
Eva by Nightwish
Fernando by Abba
Gloria by Van Morrison
Good Golly Miss Molly by Little Richard
Grace Kelly by Mika
Hannah by Freelance Whales
Heather by Zambri
Helena by My Chemical Romance
Help Me Rhonda by The Beach Boys
Henrietta by The Fratellis
Hey Eugene by Pink Martini
Hey Jude by The Beatles
Hey Julie by Fountains of Wayne
Hey Paula by Paul & Paula
Hey There Delilah by Plain White Ts
Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles
I'm Henry the VIII I Am by Herman's Hermits
If U Seek Amy by Britney Spears
If You C Jordan by Something Corporate
Iris by Goo Goo Dolls
Isobel by Dido
Jackie Wilson Said by Van Morrison
Jane by Barenaked Ladies
Jeffrey by The Pierces
Jennifer Juniper by Donovan
Jenny (867-5309) by Tommy Tutone
Jenny Was a Friend of Mine by The Killers
Jerry by The Clientele
Jessica by The Allman Brothers Band
Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield
Jimmy Mack by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Joey by Nick Drake
John the Fisherman by Primus
Johnny Angel by Lesley Gore
Johnn Cash by Fefe Dobson
Jolene by Dolly Parton
Judas by Lady Gaga
Judy's Turn to Cry by Lesley Gore
Julia by The Beatles
Julia by Fefe Dobson
Juliet by LMNT
Kathy's Song by Simon & Garfunkel
Konstantine by Something Corporate
Lady Jane by Mika
Lady Madonna by The Beatles
Lalena by Donovan
Layla by Eric Clapton
Letters to Noelle by Something Corporate.
To Be Continued...
I just met a guy named Topaz earlier this week.
Other things worth noting:
- Archer, Harper, Charlotte, and Aria all share the "ar" sound.
- I think part of what is attractive about Archer (to me, anyway), is that Archie is a cute nickname, and this is a more modern way to achieve that than with the traditional Archibald (I imagine the "bald" ending turns some parents off).
- Evelyn and Violet have the lovely "v" sound.
- Many of these names have formal and diminutive options (Penelope/Penny, Archer/Archie, Charlotte/Charlie/Lottie, Evelyn/Evie), and Henry crosses both fields (formal, but ends in the diminutive "ee" vowel that makes you smile).
I think I read that Beyonce's name is actually her mother's maiden name. So her parents didn't invent it, so much as repurpose it.
I thought of Trudie Styler (Sting's wife... although not spelled with a Y).Also thought of Leah Remini.
Very impressive. Well done, ladies!
- Aiea, The champ of year 2. ;)
My boyfriend and I have tossed around the idea of naming a son Henry... And I would very much like to nickname him "Helo" (which is the call-sign of a character on Battlestar Galactica). He doesn't seem thrilled with the idea.