Why do we watch the Oscars? Are we deciding which movies to watch next? Getting confirmation for our cinematic opinions? Simply looking at the pretty people and hearing their heartfelt speeches? Admiring fashions we’ll never afford? Here’s one more reason to add to your list: baby-name inspiration.
This year’s crop of Oscar nominees has a lot of familiar names and faces — for instance, the entire set of supporting actor nominees. But there are also some refreshing newbies to the ceremony, when you look a little more closely. Little Women‘s Florence Pugh, nominated for best supporting actress, has a name we’ve been saying over and over in our head, just for fun. Same with directors Taika Waititi and Bong Joon Ho.
Nameberry cofounder Pamela Redmond Satran agrees that movie stars have a huge influence over baby-naming trends, and the 2020 Oscar nominees are no exception.
“Saoirse Ronan has been one of the biggest surprise celebrity name influencers of recent years, considering how unusual and even difficult her name is,” she told SheKnows. “Joaquin [Phoenix] and Scarlett [Johansson] have both been hugely influential. Scarlett Johansson did for her name what Scarlett O’Hara did not. We are seeing Quentin and Margot on the rise too, and I’m betting Florence will catch on the U.S. as Florence Pugh’s star rises.”
Here we have some of our favorite names from the Oscar list, just in case one of them suddenly strikes you as the perfect name for your little one too.