Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Aristocratic and Royal Names

ROYALTY ~ For centuries people have looked to the royals for names that convey good breeding and class. Whereas the nobility are known to follow tradition when it comes to naming their children, often with similar names used for generation. These names are sound choices for those who prefer classical names that resonate with the past as well as the present.

Here is a sampling of some of the more popular royal names with today’s parents and Celebrities alike;

Alexandria ~ favoured by English royalty. Alexandria is Greek; defender of mankind.

  • Paul Anka (musician)
  • Daniel Baldwin (actor)
  • Patti Hansen (actor) & Keith Richards (musician)
  • Bret "The Hitman" Hart (athlete)
  • Dustin Hoffman (actor)
  • Ray Romano (actor)
  • Leeza Gibbons (t.v. personality) ~ Alexandra "Lexi"
  • Sean Astin (actor) ~ Alexandra Louise
  • Jason Varitek (athlete) ~ Alexandra Rose
  • Tony Curtis (actor) & Christine Kaufmann (actor) ~ Alexandra Theodora Dido
  • Iman (model) & David Bowie (musician) ~ Alexandria Zahra
Alfonso ~ favoured by Spanish royalty.
  • Morgan Freeman (actor) ~ Alphonse
Andrew ~ name of English royal offspring. Andrew is Greek; manly, courageous.
  • Faith Daniels
  • Milos Forman (director/writer) ~ Andrew James
Augusta/Augustus ~ name of English royal offspring. Latin; majestic.
  • Mariska Hargitay (actor) & Peter Hermann (actor) ~ August Miklos Freidrich
  • Linda Evangelista (model) ~ Augustin James
Anne ~ name of English Queen and is favoured by Royalty and commoners, very popular middle name. Anne is Greek; favoured by God.
Beatrice ~ name of English royal offspring. Latin/Italian; bringer of joy.
  • Alan Alda (actor)
  • Prince Andrew & Sarah Ferguson
  • Emma Samms (actor)
  • Paul McCartney (musician) & Heather Mills (activist) ~ Beatrice Milly
Caroline ~ name of English royal offspring. Latin; strong.
  • Katie Couric (t.v. personality)
  • Jason Varitek ~ Caroline Morgan
Catherine/Katherine ~ name of English royal offspring. Greek; pure
  • Neal McDonough (actor) & RuvĂ© Robertston (model) ~ Catherine "Cate" Maggie
  • Brendan Shanahan (athlete) ~ Catherine Rosaleen
  • Cheryl Hines (actor) ~ Catherine Rose
  • Nancy Dolman (actor) & Martin Short ~ Katherine Elizabeth
  • Maria Shriver (t.v. personality) & Arnold Schwarzenegger (actor/politician) ~ Katherine Eunice
  • Sherry Williams (model) & David Cassidy (actor) ~ Katherine "Katie" Evelyn
  • Lisa Welchel (actor) ~ Katherine Hill
  • Jane Seymour (actor) ~ Katherine Jane
  • Clint Eastwood (actor/director) ~ Kathryn
Charles ~ Charles and its variant forms have been favoured by the royalty of several countries. Name of English King. Introduced to Great Britain by Mary, Queen of Scots it is French but derived from the Germanic Karl, meaning manly.
  • Susan St. James (actor) & Dick Ebersol (producer)
  • Emily Robinson (musician) ~ Charles Agustus "Gus"
  • Cynthia Nixon (actor) ~ Charles Ezekiel
  • Ben Harper (musician) ~ Charles James
  • Chris O'Donnell (actor) ~ Charles McHugh
  • Russell Crowe (actor) & Danielle Spencer Danielle (actor) ~ Charles Spencer
Charlotte ~ name of English royal offspring. Dutch royalty. Charlotte is the feminie form of Charles and the name of many Queens.
  • Pierce Brosnan (actor) & Cassandra Harris (actor)
  • Jill Goodacre (model) & Harry Connick Jr. (musician/actor)
  • Shiva Rose (actor) & Dylan McDermott (actor) ~ Charlotte Rose
  • Christa Miller (actor) & Bill Lawrence (writer) ~ Charlotte Sarah
  • Amy Brenneman (actor) & Brad Silberling (director) ~ Charlotte Tucker
  • Sigourney Weaver (actor) ~ Charlotte
Edward ~ name of English King and royal offspring. English; prosperous, guardian.
  • Mel Gibson (actor/director)
  • Mel Brooks ~ Eddie
  • Rob Lowe (actor) ~ Edward Matthew
Elizabeth ~ name of English Queen and royal offspring. Hebrew/English; God is my oath.
  • Sean Astin (actor) ~ Elizabeth Louise
  • Gene Hackman (actor)
  • Peter Jennings (t.v. personality/journalist) & Kati Marton (actor)
  • Ryan Smyth (athlete)
  • Tom Hanks (actor) ~ Elizabeth Ann
  • Jerry Hall (model) & Mick Jagger (musician) ~ Elizabeth Scarlett
Eugenie ~ name of English royal offspring. French; variation of Eugenia ~ Greek; well-born, noble. Feminine form of Eugene
  • Prince Andrew & Sarah Ferguson.
Francis ~ name of French King. Latin; free one, Frenchman.
  • Courtney Love (musician/actress) & Cobain, Kurt (musician) ~ Frances Bean
  • Kate Spade (designer) ~ Frances Beatrix
  • Amanda Peet (actor) & David Benioff ~ Frances Pen
  • Clint Eastwood (actor/director) & Frances Fisher (actor) ~ Frances Ruth
George ~ name of English King and royal offspring. Greek; farmer.
  • All 5 of George Foreman's sons are named George.
  • Lauren Holly (actor)
  • Kristin Scott Thomas (actor)
Harry ~ name of English royal offspring. English; familiar form of Herald or Henry.
  • Jason Gardener (athlete)
  • Annie Potts (actor) & James Hayman
  • David Letterman (t.v. personality) ~ Harry Joseph
  • Kathryn Grant (actor) & Bing Crosby (musician) ~ Harry Lillis
Henry ~ name of 8 English Kings, French King and royal offspring.
  • Dennis Hopper (actor)
  • Julia Louis Dreyfuss (actor) & Brad Hall (actor)
  • Meryl Streep (actor)
  • Heidi Klum (model) & Seal (musician) ~ Henry Gunther Ademola Dashtu
  • Michelle Pfeiffer (actor)
  • Ray Baker (actor) & Patricia Richardson (actor)
  • Nancy Dolman (actor) & Martin Short (actor)
  • Lauren Holly (actor)
  • Norah O'Donnell (t.v. news correspondent)
  • Jessica Osbourne (actor)
  • Patricia Richardson (actor)
  • Emily Robinson (musician) & Charlie Robinson (musician/songwriter) ~ Henry Benjamin
  • Exene Cervenka (musician) & Viggo Mortensen (actor) ~ Henry Blake
  • James Taylor (musician) ~ Henry David
  • Billy Bob Thornton (actor/director/screenwriter) ~ Henry James
  • Steve Zahn (actor) & Robin Peterman (actor) ~ Henry James
James ~ name of English King. Hebrew; supplanter. Variant of Jacob.
  • Jon Voight (actor)
  • Belinda Carlisle (musician)
  • Thomas Gibson (actor)
  • Garfunkel, Art (musician)
  • Patsy Kensit (actor) & Jim Kerr (musician)
  • Antonia Kidman (producer/t.v. personality)
  • Paul McCartney (musician) & Linda (photographer)
  • Glenn McGrath (athlete)
  • Rupert Murdoch (media mogul)
  • Annie Potts (actor) & James Hayman (director)
  • Jerry Hall (model) & Mick Jagger (musician)
  • Lysette Anthony (actor) & Simon Boswell (composer) ~ James Anthony
  • James Caan (actor) ~ James Arthur
  • Belinda Carlisle (musician) & Morgan Mason (producer) ~ James Duke
  • Marcheline Bertrand (actor) & Jon Voight (actor) ~ James Haven
  • Colin Farrell (actor) & Kim Bordenave (model) ~ James Padraig
  • Oz Perkins (actor) ~ James Ripley
  • Sara Jessica Parker (actor) & Matthew Broderick (actor) ~ James Wilkie
Jane ~ name of English Queen. Hebrew; God is gracious. Feminine form of John and a variant of Joan.
  • Jim Carrey (actor)
John ~ name of English King and French King. Hebrew; God has been gracious. John is the name of one of Christ's disciples, and another biblical John, John the Baptist, baptized Christ in the Jordan River. John is one of the most popular names in the world and has variations in almost every language. Greek: Ioan, Ioannis, Ivan. Arabic: Yahya, Yohanna. German: Handel, Jansen, Johan, Johannes. French: Jean, Johnn. Italian: Gian, Giovani, Giovanni, Giovonni. Spanish: Juan, Juancho, Juanito. Portuguese: Joao. Teutonic: Hans. Gaelic: Iain. Celtic: Eoin. Irish: Ion, Keon, Sean. Scottish: Ian, Jock. Welsh: Iwan, Sion. Scandinavian: Jens, Jensen, Jenson. Swedish: Jan. Danish: Jantzen, Jen, Joen. Basque: Iban. Slavic: Ivano. Czech: Hanus, Honza, Ianos, Jenda. Polish: Janek. Finnish: Hannes, Joni, Jouni, Juha, Juhana, Juhani, Juho, Jukka, Jussi. Hungarian: Jena. Hawaiian; Keoni. Estonian: Jaan.
  • Dick Cusack (actor)
  • Lauryn Hill (musician)
  • Tracey Ullman (actor) & Allan McKeown (producer)
  • Shaun Cassidy (actor) & Ann Pennington (actor/model)
  • Paul Hewson "Bono" (musician) ~ John Abraham
  • John Carradine (actor) ~ John Arthur "David"
  • Patricia Heaton (actor) & David Hunt (actor) ~ John Basil
  • John Lennon (musician) ~ John Charles "Julian"
  • Denzel Washinton (actor) ~ John David
  • Michelle Pfeiffer (actor) & David E. Kelley (writer) ~ John Henry
  • Rob Lowe (actor) ~ John Owen
  • Jane Seymour (actor) & James Keach (actor) ~ John Stacy
Lorraine ~ French royalty. French; from Lorraine, the name of a province in France.
  • Jack Nicholson (actor) & Rebecca Broussard ~ Lorraine Raymond
Louis ~ French royalty. Louise ~ name of English royal offspring. German/French; famous warrior.
  • Mel Gibson (actor/director)
  • Bill Pullman (actor)
  • Andy Serkis (actor) & Lorraine Ashbourne (actor) ~ Louis George
  • Ozzy Osbourne (musician) ~ Louis John
Margaret ~ name of English royal offspring. Greek; pearl.
  • Mary McCormack (actor) & Michael Morris (producer)
  • Kellie Martin (actor) ~ Margaret Heather
Mary ~ name of English Queen and royal offspring. Hebrew/English; bitter. Anglicized variant of Miriam. The mortal mother of Jesus Christ, also the name of other biblical characters, including Mary Magdalene.
  • Francis Ford Coppola (director)
  • Paul McCartney (musician) & Linda (photographer) ~ Mary Anna
  • Kathryn Grant (actor) & Bing Crosby (musician) ~ Mary Frances
  • James Marsden (actor) & Lisa Linde (actor) ~ Mary James
  • Meryl Streep (actor) ~ Mary Willa "Mamie"
Phillip/Philppa ~ name of French King and English royal offspring. Greek; lover of horses.
  • Dixie Lee (musician & actor) & Bing Crosby (musician)
Sophia ~ name of English royal offspring. Greek; wisdom.
  • Soledad O'Brien (t.v. personality) ~ Sophia Elizabeth
  • Christopher Meloni (actor) & Sherman Williams (production designer) ~ Sophia Eva
  • Phil Mickelson (athlete) ~ Sophia Isobel
  • Talisa Soto (model/actor) & Benjamin Bratt (actor) ~ Sophia Rosalinda
  • Jennifer Flavin (model) & Sylvester Stallone (actor) ~ Sophia Rose
  • Steve Yzerman (athlete) ~ Sophia Rose
  • Jini "Jennifer Lash" Fiennes (writer) ~ Sophia Victoria
Stephen ~ name of English King. Greek; crowned in victory. The New Testament portrays Stephen as an inspired leader of the church. He was stoned after a speech of his stirred an angry mob and he became Christianity's first martyr.
  • Dar Williams (musician) ~ Stephen Gray
Victoria ~ name of English Queen and royal offspring. Latin; triumphant. Feminine form of Victor. During the reign of England's Queen Victoria, Britain reached new heights in industrial and colonial power and diplomatic influence. The term Victorian is coined after her strong position on personal moral issues.
  • Frank Gifford (athlete)
  • Julio Iglesias (singer)
  • George C. Scott (actor)
  • Tommy Lee Jones (actor) ~ Victoria Kafka
  • Julia Volkova (musician) ~ Viktoria
William ~ Name of English King and royal offspring. Willem ~ Dutch royalty. German; resolute protector; will meaning strong and helm meaning helmet.
  • Colin Firth (actor) & Meg Tilly (actor)
  • Robin Givens (actor)
  • Susan St. James (actor) & Dick Ebersol (producer)
  • Billy Bob Thornton (actor/director/screenwriter)
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber (composer) & Madeleine Gurdon (athlete)
  • Mary-Louise Parker (actor) & Billy Crudup (actor) ~ William Atticus
  • Angela Lindvall (model/actress) ~ William Dakota
  • Adrienne Barbeau (actor) & Billy Van Zandt (producer) ~ William Dalton
  • John O'Hurley (actor) ~ William Dylan
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley (actor) & Brad Paisley (musician) ~ William Huckleberry
  • Christa Miller (actor) & Bill Lawrence (writer) ~ William Stoddard
  • Molly Parker (actor) ~ William Strummer
  • Kirstie Alley (actor) & Parker Stevenson (actor) ~ William True