12 Artsy Baby Names Inspired by Tim Burton Flicks
Tim Burton is known for some of Hollywood’s quirkiest stories. From Beetlejuice to The Nightmare Before Christmas, his tales are dark, perfect for Halloween and funny too. They’re also the source of some very creative baby names — names that are just right for a babe born around Halloween (or any time of the year). Scroll on to discover 12 creative and artsy baby names that might be creepily perfect for your tiny tot.
1. Coraline: Neil Gaiman reversed two letters in Caroline and wrote a spooky story about a girl who finds an alternate version of her world. Tim Burton made it a big screen hit in 2009. The name went from obscurity to the US Top 1000 in just a few years, and continues to rise. Other characters answer to Miriam and Sergei.
2. Lydia: This name was relatively uncommon when Winona Ryder played the young Lydia Deetz in 1988’s supernatural comedy Beetlejuice. Now Lydia is a Top 100 favorite. A sequel is in the works, with Miss Deetz returning. The movie was ahead of its time with other character names too, including Delia, Juno and Beryl.
3. Jack: Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, must be one of the most memorable animated characters of the 1990s. The Nightmare Before Christmas debuted in 1993. Boosted by other famous Jacks, like Bauer and Sparrow, the name has returned to the US Top 100, an every-boy name with plenty of edge. Jack’s love interest, Sally, remains in style limbo.
4. Katrina: Many of Burton’s movies borrowed older stories, like his 1999 adaptation, Sleepy Hollow. A young Christina Ricci played Katrina VanTassel. Katrina is a Dutch and German form of classic Katherine. Other characters included Killian, Brom and of course, Ichabod, though that one isn’t likely to catch on.
5. Charlie: In 2005, Burton directed a reboot of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl invented the names for the cast of difficult children in the original 1964 novel, including Veruca, Augustus and Violet, along with grandparents Josephine and George. We also learned that Willy’s dad is named Wilbur.
6. Edward: Long before Stephenie Meyer imagined Twilight’s Cullen clan of sparkly vampires, there was Edward Scissorhands. The romantic tale debuted in 1990, with Johnny Depp as a Frankenstein-esque figure adept at trimming hedges and carving ice sculptures. Other great names from the movie included Helen and Esmeralda.
7. Taran: Back in the 1980s, Burton was a young animator at Walt Disney Studios. One of his early projects was The Black Cauldron, based on Welsh myth. Taran is the boy from humble origins who becomes a hero. His name means thunder. Taran has never caught on, nor have intriguing Black Cauldron names like Eilonwy and Orwen.
8. Alice: Lewis Carroll named Alice, of Wonderland fame, but the visually stunning 2010 Tim Burton movie added many layers to her story. Many previously un-named characters were christened, including Tarrant Hightop (the Mad Hatter), Queen Iracebeth, Queen Mirana and Thackery, the March Hare. Gentle Alice continues to leap up the popularity charts.
9. Barnabas: The original Dark Shadows was a gothic 1960s soap opera. In 2012, Burton revamped it with all of his signature quirky charm. Barnabas is a two hundred-year-old vampire. The New Testament name is rare in English, but could wear well. Other great names from the movie include Josette, Silas and Angelique.
10. Elsa: More than a year before Frozen swept the world, Elsa was an animated character in 2012’s Frankenweenie, the tale of a dog brought back to life by a young Victor Frankenstein. The name is a nod to Elsa Lanchester, the English actress famous for playing the Bride of Frankenstein in 1935.
11. Lincoln: It’s hard to make the life of Abraham Lincoln any more dramatic, but Seth Grahame-Smith did just that when he made the Civil War-era president a secret vampire hunter in his 2010 novel. Burton’s 2012 movie brought the story to life, along with more great names, like a vampiress called Vadoma, as well as historical figures like Harriet and Mary.
12. Bronwyn: In 2016, we’ll enjoy a Tim Burton-directed adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Based on the New York Times bestseller, the movie comes complete with mysteriously gifted children with names like Bronwyn and Millard. In Welsh, Bronwen is the traditional feminine form, but if the movie is a hit, we could be meeting a lot of baby Bronwyns.
Would you use one one of these creative baby names? Let us know in the comments below!
This post was originally published on Nameberry by Abby Sandel.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)