My daughter’s name is Michaela, a name that kaylasmom and I had supposed we were inventing in 1996, but it seems a lot of people think we were naming her after Michaela Quinn of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman fame.
Truth to tell, the only thing I knew about that show was the title (and in 1998, the name of Jane Seymour’s character).
My brother and I are similar. My given name is Tamara and, within my family, I have always been called Tammy. Since I was born in 1960, people assume that I was named (like a million other girls of the era) for the movie character played by Debbie Reynolds and, later, Sandra Dee. But my mother insists that she picked the name out when she was 13 or 14 ( before the movie was released) and always meant to give her first daughter that name.
My brother is the same – his name is Troy and, being that he was born in 1961, people generally assume he is named for Troy Donahue. But Mom insists not – she says she read the name in a book years before Troy Donahue became famous.
For people who actually were named for movie or TV characters, I submit my niece, who was named Kiri for the character in Beastmaster. She wasn’t named to honor the movie or character, BTW – my sister and brother in law aren’t Beastmaster freaks or anything. They just happened to rent the movie while she was pregnant and like the name.
Also my husband’s nephew, Gage, who was named for the kid in the movie (and book) Pet Semetary.
My daughter’s middle name is Gillian. My husband’s favorite show is X-Files. Her nickname is Piper and even sometimes Piper Maru, because when she was born her eyes were so black we said she looked like on of the black oil alien people (that’s the name of the ship where they were found, also GA’s real life daughter). My husband also occassionally calls her Starbuck, also from X-Files. I guess we are pretty geeky! It’s a beautiful name though.
A friend of mine named her daughter Ashton after someone, although I think whoever it was was a bad character, and she just liked the name. North and South maybe?
That’s a terrible character to name a kid after! (I mean, sure the kid was cute before he got run over, but after he got buried in the Pet Semetary he was a little devil.) That’s like naming your kid Damien.
But it’s not quite as bad as a guy I recently met: his first name was Rommel. “You mean like the Desert Fox?” I asked. “Yeah, that’s who I was named after,” he tells me bitterly. “You can be sure as hell when I have a kid I’m not naming him after any Nazis!”
I knew a girl born in 1979 who had a 5 year old older brother. Her parents had decided that they would allow her brother to name her. Being a 5 year old boy in 1979, he instantly and with great enthusiasm named her Leia- of course in honor of the princess from Alderan.
I have a cousin named Regan. Yep, you guessed it: from The Exorcist. :eek: My aunt saw the movie and thought it was such a pretty name. Yikes. Thankfully, she’s not much of a terror, and has a little hellio…er… toddler of her own, now.
Also, contrary to popular belief, I am not named after a certain missing member of the Romanov family. Nor any movies about her. Toon or otherwise. My father, these days, proud papa that he is, likes to tell people I’m named after her, but that was not the case when I was named. My mom just thought it was pretty. I also narrowly avoided being named “Crystal”. After Crystal Gayle. Shite.