20 Golden Globe-Worthy Baby Names
The Golden Globes have the honor of marking the start of Hollywood's "award season." The ceremony gives viewers a look at the performers who wowed us, whether they're rising stars or seasoned veterans. While it's always exciting to see a newcomer take the stage to get their Globe, there is an exclusive club among the winners—those who have won a Globe twice or more. Give your thespian-to-be a little extra star power with one of these 20 Golden Globe-winning names.
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Nicknames as given names are becoming more and more popular, so Al could work if you’re looking for something more contemporary than Albert or Alfred. The Godfather actor Al Pacino was actually born Alfredo, but is known simply by the nickname. Pacino has been nominated 15 times and has four wins. He’s nominated in 2014 for Phil Spector.
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If Alexander isn’t your style, try the more modern Alec. Actor Alec Baldwin is actually an Alexander, and he’s helped to bring a boost of popularity to his chosen nickname. Baldwin has been nominated 11 times and has won three times—thanks to his role on 30 Rock.
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Angelina: feminine, exotic with just a hint of mystery and danger. That’s the persona actress/director Angelina Jolie has brought to her namesake. Her success has even brought the name into the Top 200 girls names, peaking at No. 43. Jolie has been nominated for a Golden Globe six times and has won three times.
Carol was once the fourth most popular name in the US, and while the name has since dropped out of fashion, comedienne/singer Carol Burnett will never lose her appeal. The punchy Carol could be among the names revived during a vintage name trend. During her five decades in show business, Burnett has been nominated for a Golden Globe 17 times and has won five times.
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Claire is a gorgeous and timeless name that continues to gain in popularity. This is probably due to it being used by a barrage of TV and movies characters, as well as the success of actress Claire Danes. In her long career from childstar to A-Lister, Danes has given the name a quirky, humble and accomplished air. The Homeland star is an amazing four for four when it comes to the Golden Globes.
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For American audiences, the name Clint is synonymous with one man: Clint Eastwood. Not only is Eastwood an actor, director, composer and writer, he has one of coolest, toughest sounding names on the books. Eastwood has been nominated 11 times and has won three times. Despite his success as an actor, he’s only ever received nominations for directing and composing.
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For those tired of seeing Justin‘s everywhere, Dustin is a fun alternative. Actor Dustin Hoffman is actually named for silent screen western star Dustin Farnum, so it’s a name with Hollywood connections and easy pronunciation and spelling. Hoffman has been nominated 12 times and has won six times—including the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
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Whether as a nickname for John or on it’s own, Jack is one of the most consistently popular boys names in English-speaking countries. Both Jack Lemmon and Jack Nicholson were born John, but it’s their nicknames that show on their combined 13 Golden Globes. Lemmon has been nominated an amazing 21 times with six wins, while Nicholson has 16 nominations and seven wins.
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You might not fancy Aunt Judith‘s name, so take a page out of Dame Judi Dench’s book and shorten it. She’s probably the most famous Judi out there, and the “i” spelling makes it feel more updated than Judy. The British actress as been nominated for a Golden Globe 11 times and has won twice. She is nominated in 2014 for Philomena.
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Short, punchy names seem to be the way of the future and Kate is ahead of the curve. It’s gained in popularity since Kate Middleton became Duchess Catherine, but actress Kate Winslet has also done her part. Winslet has been nominated nine times and has won three times, include a double win for The Reader and Revolutionary Road. She is nominated in 2014 for Labor Day.
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Dowager Countess Violet Crawley might be proper and tradition-laden, but actress Maggie Smith’s name is anything but. A nickname for Margaret, Maggie can bridge the gap between Old World classic and New World sassy. Smith has been nominated 11 times with three wins.
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Meryl Streep is the undisputed queen of the Golden Globes! She has received an astonishing 27 nominations and has won eight times. Born Mary Louise Streep, her adopted name, Meryl, is largely known because of her. It has a vintage feel to it, and it’s association with this decorated actress is a definite plus. Streep is nominated in 2014 for August: Osage County.
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Michael is a classic yet contemporary name and has been a long-standing staple on boys names lists. So it’s no wonder that actor Michael Caine chose to adopt it in place of his birth name, Maurice. The versatile British actor has been nominated 12 times and has won three times.
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Cute and classic Robin has been a popular boys name since medieval times, when the heroic Robin Hood roamed Sherwood Forest. Actor and comedian Robin Williams has carried on the name’s legacy as one of Hollywood’s most popular actors since he shot to stardom on Mork & Mindy. The funny man has been nominated 11 times and has won four times, including a special award for his voice work in Aladdin.
The beautiful and flowery Rosalind was made popular by Shakespeare in As You Like It, and had it’s popularity furthered by actress Rosalind Russell. Contemporary audiences won’t recognize her, but she’s the stuff of Golden Globe history. Russell is five for five when it comes to the Globes—five nominations and five wins.
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Although Sally has lost popularity over the years, some parents continue to like, really like, this name. It conjures up images of fresh-faced All-American girls, almost embodied by actress Sally Field. The California girl has been nominated for the Golden Globe 11 times and has won twice.
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Shirley was the second most popular name in the US in 1936—when Shirley Temple was one of the biggest stars in the world. While she gave the name a girly and jovial air, actress Shirley MacLaine brought sass and independence to her namesake. MacLaine has been nominated 18 times and has won five times.
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If you’re looking for a truly unique name, look no further than Sigourney. Meaning “daring king” in French, actress Sigourney Weaver (who was born Susan) chose it because of the character of Sigourney Howard in The Great Gatsby. Weaver has made a name for herself by playing strong female characters, so her namesake could be very empowering. She has been nominated six times and has won twice—her wins made her the first woman to win two Globes in the same year!
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Don’t be turned off by this name’s rise to the top of the baby naming charts (it’s been the No. 1 girl’s name since 2011). Back in her heyday actress Sophia Loren was the Sophia. It’s a lovely foreign name that has found a home in the US, and it still carries the influence of the sensual and exotic screen legend. Loren has been nominated nine times and has five wins—including the Cecile B. DeMille Award and the now-retired Henrietta Award for World Film Favorite.
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Tom is one of America’s most well-liked names, remaining popular for decades. So it’s perfect for, arguably, America’s favorite actor, Tom Hanks. The name could be making a comeback as a short-and-sweet nickname turned given name. Hanks has been nominated eight times and has won four times. He’s nominated in 2014 for Captain Phillips.
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