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“I Would Never Name a Real Child Renesmee”

renesmee quote

Years ago, I wrote a post about the craptastic name Renesmee. The purpose of the post was to dissuade people from using the name, mainly because it’s indelibly associated with Twilight, which is an equally craptastic series of books.

Recently, I learned something rather amazing. That the one and only Stephenie Meyer — author of Twilight and inventor of sparkly vampires — actually agrees with me.

Not about the books, of course, but about the name.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last year, Meyer was quoted as saying: “I would never name a real child Renesmee.”

Check it out:

EW: You named Bella and Edward’s daughter Renesmee, which has been a source of ridicule even among ardent Twilight fans.

SM: I am someone who strongly believes in reality, and that you don’t monkey around with people’s names. Whether they become a stripper or a lawyer has a large part to do with the name you give them. I would never name a real child Renesmee. But in fantasy, you can name your characters anything you want. I couldn’t have named [Bella and Edward’s] child Lindsay. I couldn’t have named her anything that already exists — it would have felt wrong. I had to pick a name that I felt was completely and totally unique, which opens you up to heckling. Which I’ve taken. I take all my heckling, and I totally get it!

EW: Someone is probably naming their real-life child Renesmee even as we speak.

SM: Well, that really disturbs me. [Laughs]

I love that she isn’t lukewarm about it. She’s not like, “Oh, Renesmee is fine, just not my style.” The idea of Renesmee being used as a real human name disturbs her. So awesome.

This makes my whole week.

Source: Q & A: Stephenie Meyer, Aug. 2012

Another Unnecessarily Long Baby Name

This baby didn’t get 139 names, but 49 is still excessive, don’t you think?

Diana and Arthur Martello of New Brighton, Pennsylvania, had a baby girl in May of 1989 and gave her 49 names. (Initially it was just 43, but they added 6 more a few weeks later.)

Here are all 49 names:

Princess India Rosa Kathleen Pearla Meshelle Suzanne Luchianna Irena Iris Veronica Donna Holly Robin Concha Kristian Tonya Elizabeth Joana Magali Lavinia Ruth Sandy Lori Appolonia Concepteone Stephenie Victoria Ira Maria Jane Claudia Pamela Shirley Mellissa Leah Rebecca Simone Alana Loren Joy Angie Pheonix Cynthia Christine Eleanor Meg Sophia Eunice

Diana was the one who came up with them. She said her inspiration included TV shows like Matt Houston, T.J. Hooker, Santa Barbara, and The Young and the Restless.

If you could go back in time and rename this baby girl, which two names (out of the 49) would you choose as her first and middle names?


  • Musala, Jane C. “A Nickname Makes it 45.” Allegheny Times 30 May 1989: A3.
  • Musala, Jane C. “The Good News is Short-Lived.” Allegheny Times 28 Jun. 1989: A3.

Attention TwiHard: Please Don’t Name Your Baby Renesmee

I’ve seen a second baby named Renesmee. This is starting to worry me.

The first was born in Scotland last year. The second was born in Plymouth, New Hampshire on New Year’s Day.

I think it’s time for an intervention.

If you’re an expectant TwiHard who believes Renesmee might just make a good baby name, please stop and think about these three questions first:

1. “Renesmee” is rather inelegant, isn’t it? Yes, it is. It’s the baby name equivalent of a car crash. Stephenie Meyer at the wheel, taking out innocent bystanders Renée and Esmé. If you like the sounds in the name, untangle it and simply use Renée Esmé or Esmé Renée.

2. What’s wrong with all the other female names in Twilight? Nothing at all. Isabella (Bella), Rosalie, Alice, Heidi, Leah, Katrina (Kate), Esmé, Renée…all great names that weren’t invented for–and therefore won’t always be associated with–Twilight. That’s a good thing.

3. Is the name of a fictitious vampire/human hybrid baby in a poorly written YA book really more important to you than, say, a family name? I hope not. Try using the Renesmee formula instead of the name itself. If the baby’s grandmothers’ names are Anne and Isabel, for instance, go with Annabella.

Naming under the influence can be dangerous. Please forward this to anyone you know who, due to a Twilight addiction, may be considering giving the name Renesmee to a real-life, non-vampire baby.

(In the meanwhile, let me know if you hear about or meet any other babies named Renesmee.)

IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THIS DISCUSSION: “I Would Never Name a Real Child Renesmee” -Stephenie Meyer