In the Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet, the love-stricken Juliet ponders, "What's in a name?" And, as she realizes, it's quite a lot. For her beloved Romeo, his name is the sole reason
that her family doesn't recognize how wonderful and sweet he is. If his last name was anything other than Montague than they could be together, but the star-crossed lovers come from rival families.
Chances are that your child's first name won't be so dramatic, but much like Juliet says, the name does communicate such important things about a person -- that have nothing to do with the person
Though you might not be able to change your last name, you can certainly choose your child's name and ensure that it's the perfect level of coolness for your kid. The entertainment industry is a
great place to look for baby name inspiration since there are so many talented and successful individuals to consider.
Movie-inspired Baby Names
In a good movie, talented actors and actresses play a part so convincingly that we are sucked into a fictional world and become invested in their trials and tribulations. This skill allows us to
escape reality and try on a different time or circumstance. As such, it's no wonder that many people look to the world of movies when naming their children.
Take the recently released Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Harry and Ron might be a little too generic for your tastes, but how about Hermoine? Hermoine is a Greek
name that means messenger or earthly. Harry's mother's name is another good Harry Potter find. Lily is a
Latin name that comes from the flower that symbolizes innocence and purity. Draco, a Greek and Latin name meaning
dragon, might be a little extreme, but Dean, an English name meaning valley, has a nice ring to it.
Actor-inspired baby names
Actors and actresses are often well-coifed, busy and successful at their craft. Their names become household terms, but they also can provide a treasure-trove of cool names.
In terms of actors, Shia LaBeouf, who stars in the popular movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, has an interesting Arabic name that means followers or sect ... and
as far as actors go, Shia is developing a pretty good following. Morgan (as in Freeman) is a Welsh
name that means great circle. Orlando (as in Bloom) is an Italian name that means famous
land.Owen (as in Wilson), another Welsh name, means desire born. Or what about a Tobey, George or Vince?
For girls, the cool names from stars are plentiful as well. Reece (as in Witherspoon) is an English name that means
running. Sandra (as in Bullock) is also an English name. It means defender of the people. Keira (as in Knightley) is an Irish name meaning black-haired. Julia, Drew and Angelina are all cool girl baby names as well.
Music-inspired baby names
Talented musicians have the coolness factor down when it comes to names. They create the songs and melodies that we hum in the shower and tie memories to. A look at the top selling musicians and
top earning musicians, as ranked by Forbes, offers a lot of great names. Here are some good picks for your little guys and gals.
Cool Baby Boy Names
Cool Baby Girl Names
Taylor (as in Taylor Swift)
Jordin (Jordin Sparks)
Fergie (Black Eye Peas)
Lily (Lily Allen)
Stevie (as in Stevie Nicks)
Gwen (Gwen Stefani)
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