The impact of movies and pop culture can never be underestimated. Sure, we can easily recite dialogue from our favourite film but sometimes, when we’re least expecting it, a name uttered by one of our fave actors can spark sweet inspiration. It could be the delivery of the name, the association to a certain character or the way it rolls off our tongue when we repeat the name while recommending the film. That’s right, some characters not only have the power to move you, but can also influence your choice of baby names. Lights, camera, action! It’s baby name time.
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A physically enhanced mutant with regenerative capabilities, Logan/Wolverine is quite serious and intense, a gruff loner with a rebellious and sarcastic side, but you couldn't ask for a better person to stand by your side. And better Logan as your ally than your enemy. Bonus: the Marvel superhero has Canadian roots!
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Jo, Little Women
It may be short for Josephine but, honestly, how great is "Jo" on its own? This March sister is fiery and impulsive and has a passion for writing. It's hard not to love everything about that.
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Apollo is of Greek origin and means "destroyer," and Carl Weathers' character in the Rocky movies fits that perfectly. That being said, there's something mythical about it, from a cosmic point of view that makes it shine as well. Tough and heavenly makes for a quirky, yet awesome, combination.
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The inspiration for Ruby could’ve come from a number of things: Dorothy’s amazing slippers from The Wizard of Oz, legendary actress Ruby Dee or Batgirl herself, Ruby Rose. But who doesn’t love a combo of all three? Ruby Roundhouse is a badass martial artist with a penchant for dance-fighting and a way with nunchucks, and sweet and gorgeous to boot.
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Buzz, Toy Story
He's willing to go to infinity and beyond. That's more than anyone can ask for.
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Nakia, Black Panther
She's a Wakandan undercover spy whose mission in life is to free and fight for enslaved women. what's not to love?
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Ransom, Knives Out
While this could also be what one would name their canine, there's something loveable about Ransom that can't be denied. Yes, Chris Evan's character was a sassy rebel with a smirk and eyeroll that could be felt in nearby townships but that's part of Ransom's charm, that irresistability.
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Billi, The Farewell
A take on Billie, but without the "e," it somehow manages to be cooler — though perhaps Awkwafina's Golden Globe-winning portrayal helps with that.
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Draco, Harry Potter
Draco may be Latin for serpent or dragon but it was his longtime nemesis, Harry Potter, who could speak to snakes. Draco, on the other hand, only spoke douchebag, though it could be argued that his narcissistic nature and bullying tendencies were rooted from being spoiled by his parents throughout his childhood. So, note: if you plan on raising a Draco, make sure to kill him with kindness and he'll be more like Harry, after all.
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It may be short for Beatrice but once she wound up in the Dauntless faction, there’s no way that name would fly. So Tris it would be, and it embodied everything she would become: brave, selfless, and wicked smart.
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OK, technically it's Peter Parker, but while the planet is already populated with millions of Petes and the like, there are never enough Parkers. And who doesn't want to be named after a humble hero with a heart of webby gold?
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Quinn, Suicide Squad/Birds of Prey
OK, she might have some issues, but aside from the violence and viciousness, she also displays signs of sweet girlishness and wants to enjoy life. That's something, right? Oh, and while we're at it, Harley is equally delightful. Just sayin'.
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If you don't mind your kid growing up to be a bit of a class clown who finds the humour in everything and can be quite the trickster, this is ideal for you.
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Astrid, Crazy Rich Asians
For the moms and animated movie lovers out there, the first thing you may have thought of was Hiccup's love interest in the How to Train Your Dragon movies but we couldn't help but go for the less obvious Astrid, who is pretty much perfect in every way. She has enough money to buy a small country but also manages to be down-to-earth, caring and kind, and loves her family to death.
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Jojo, Jojo Rabbit
Thanks to all the critical acclaim, the character played by young newcomer Roman Griffin Davis is bringing all kinds of name inspo to the game. It somehow manages to pull off sounding cute, but not cutesy.
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Cipher, Fate of the Furious
Charlize Theron plays the bad-ass cyber genius, who survived what appeared to be uncertain death, and then pulls off a bowl cut in the Fate of the Furious movie. These are the goals we want all girls to aim for.
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Maverick, Top Gun
You'll feel the need for more than speed with this one. And even its short form, Mav, is rad.
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Leia, Star Wars
It doesn't get any better than the former princess-turned-general. In fact, it's a little surprising that there aren't more Leia's roaming the Earth after the iconic character's 42+ years of existence. Hmm, maybe too much too live up to.
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Written ByDenette Wilford