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October Baby Names: Notable namesakes with noteworthy names

October Baby Names: Notable namesakes with noteworthy names

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By Rosenkrantz

The crisp, colorful month of has arrived, and in your search for a meaning name for your baby born this month, how about choosing that of another -born child.  Any of these noteworthy figures drawn from the worlds of religion, politics, medicine, the arts and entertainment, and activism would make exceptionally worthy namesakes for your own babe.

—An inspiring women’s-rights activist, suffragist feminist trailblazer, she was the first woman to argue before the Supreme (how timely!) and the first female presidential candidate to actually receive votes.

Meaning ‘beautiful view’, has never shared the popularity of cousin , though it was well used in the 19th century, lasting on the list through 1953, peaking at #234 in 1884. Plain was a bestselling author.

Tutu (shown)— Tutu, inspirational South African human rights activist, won the Nobel Prize in 1984 for his efforts in eliminating apartheid.

The stylish name comes from an Irish place name and has some particularly appealing nicknames—/ and /, as well as connections to recent fictional characters on Lost, and . Its recent rise in the US began in the 60s, and it now sits at #326 and 127 on Nameberry—and I think it could go higher, a la .

—The quintessential American activist First Lady—as the wife of D. she had the longest tenure of any—she served as the US Delegate to the United Nations for seven years, among many other worthy accomplishments. , she always preferred to be known by her middle name.

Greek for ‘bright, shining one,’ the elegant has made a strong comeback in recent years: it’s currently #35 on the US list (the highest it’s been since 1927) and 16 on Nameberry. FDR always called his wife by the nickname , one of several affectionate possibilities.

, , of — but informally called by his father, the 13th century was the designated patron saint of all of , and is strongly associated with his patronage of animals and the natural environment. The current Pope took the name in his honor.

is beginning to benefit somewhat from the success of other names—especially girls , and . It’s in the mid-400s on both the SSA and NB lists.

Browne—Coming to prominence in the 1970s, the popular singer-songwriter might have been one of the first first-named many of us encountered—though he was actually born .

Now ranking at #20, was down at #494 when Browne was born in 1948, then got a big bounce via . It was recently the third most popular name in Zealand.

Salk—A science and medical hero, Salk’s research led to the vaccine that thwarted the frightening epidemic of infantile paralysis affecting over 45,000 mostly children a year, which he altruistically refused to patent and profit from.

is the Greek variation of the Hebrew , and has a meaning associated with the dove, symbol of peace. And though it lags behind in the US, it’s massively popular in several European countries.

, —The iconic Beatle is one of several musical heroes whose surname has been taken up by babynaming admirers—and for some reason more for girls than boys. A number of celebs have used it for their daughters, including several athletes.

Pavarotti—One of the most famous and commercially successful operatic tenors of all time, star of the popular Three Tenors, who produced the bestselling classical album of all time.

Like , this vibrant light-filled Italian classic combines well with almost any Anglo name–and then there’s that irresistible short form .

Jemison— Jemison became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle in 1992.

The sweet old-fashioned and are definitely back—and not only as middles.  is now at #654, and 70 on Nameberry. Talented young actress is a current bearer and actresses Metcalf and Hahn are both moms of .

—If you’re looking for a etymological hero to stand behind the third most popular boy name in the US, the logical choice would be iconic wordsmith , known for his 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language.

The Old Testament patriarch of the ark jumped into the Top 10 for the first time ever in 2009 and made it to first place in 2013.

Wilde—The great Irish wit O’Flahertie Wilde wrote a whole play revolving around name confusion, the ever delightful The Importance of Being .

Jovial , an important figure in Irish myth, is one of the hot O-names for boys, now up at #12 on Nameberry, 10 in the UK and Number One in . Jackman and both have boys named .

—Yes, another , the exuberant 26th President of the United States, writer, naturalist and winner of the 1906 Nobel Prize for ending the Russo-Japanese War.

is enjoying a huge revival, adored on Nameberry (where it’s #4) and in the US Top 70, thanks in part to trendy nicknames and . In addition to its presidential cred, its been borne by novelists, poets and painters and was the first name (spelled ) or Dr. Seuss.

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