he hot baby names of 2013 include quite a few monikers that will leave a lot of mothers-to-be scratching their heads. According to an April 11 report by Zap2it, odd monikers like Mingus and Severine are gaining popularity, and Hollywood could have something to do with this. Stars like Norman Reedus, Kourtney Kardashian, and Allison Williams are inspiring some of the year’s top choices.
Nameberry has released a list of the 13 Hot Baby Names for 2013 (so far), and it includes these popular picks for girls: Marnie, Marlowe, Nelly, Mavis, Severine, Phaedra and Linnea. Marnie is the title of an Alfred Hitchcock film, but it’s probably popular now because it’s also the name of Allison Williams’ character on the HBO series “Girls.” Its inclusion is definitely a sign of the times — parents aren’t shying away from naming their kids after characters from shows loaded with sex and nudity.
Marlowe is the name of the daughter of Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge, and Kourtney Kardashian and her famous family have given her daughter Penelope the nickname “Nelly.” Mavis could refer to Selena Gomez’ vampire character in the movie “Hotel Transylvania,” or it could pay tribute to gospel singer Mavis Staples. The severe-sounding moniker Severine is the name of the Bond girl played by Bérénice Marlohe in the movie “Skyfall.”
Phaedra might be one of the hot baby names of 2013 thanks to “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks, an attorney/aspiring mortician with a workout video titled “Phine Body: Donkey Booty Volumes 1 and 2.” She’s obviously one of the most popular characters on RHOA since she’s set to get her own Bravo series. The name Phaedra could also be a top choice because Freida Pinto portrayed the character from Greek mythology in the movie “The Immortals.”
Linnea probably refers to the name of a children’s book character, or maybe hipsters have just discovered the work of B-movie scream queen Linnea Quigley.
The hot baby names of 2013 for boys include the names are Thor, Bruce, Wilder, Mingus, Finnegan and Christian.
Thor obviously references Chris Hemsworth’s hammer-wielding member of “The Avengers,” and the name Bruce could also be superhero-inspired — it’s the name of the alter-egos of Batman and The Hulk.
The name Christian could also be popular because Christian Bale played Batman in Christopher Nolan’s beloved trilogy, or perhaps some really big fans of the book “50 Shades of Grey” are naming their sons after BDSM-practicing billionaire Christian Grey. If this is true, then these “mommy porn” addicts might have a bit of a problem — it’s disturbing to name a child after a man whose claim to fame is tying a girl up and spanking her in his “Red Room of Pain.”
Actor Oliver Hudson named his son Wilder, but maybe moms are just paying tribute to the works of popular children’s author Laura Ingalls Wilder with this adventurous name. It could also be an unfortunate reference to the gross-out frat films of the “Van Wilder” series.
Finnegan might be popular because Tori Spelling named her son Finn, or maybe “Glee” fans are embracing a longer version of the name of Cory Monteith’s cute character. It could also reference the James Joyce work “Finnegan’s Wake.”
One of the most interesting names on the list is definitely Mingus, but there’s a reason behind the huge increase in popularity of what sounds like the name of a “Revenge of the Nerds” character — Mingus Lucien Reedus is the name of the son of “The Walking Dead” actor Norman Reedus and model Helena Christensen. Norman’s crossbow-carrying character Daryl Dixon is extremely popular with fans of “The Walking Dead,” and the ladies really seem to love him. So perhaps zombie mommies are being inspired by Norman Reedus’ unusual baby name choice. Norman named his now-13-year-old son after jazz legend Charles Mingus.
So would you give your child any of these hot baby names inspired by Hollywood?