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Neil Gaiman’s award-winning book American Gods is going to be made into a TV series. Here’s a quick synopsis, courtesy of Nerdist:
For those of you who haven’t read the novel, American Gods centers around a war brewing between old and new gods; the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world, who are now steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity, and drugs. The lead character, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday. Mr. Wednesday is a con man who is in reality one of the older gods on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.
I don’t know when the show will be on the air (2016?) but Shadow’s name is already being thrown around a lot on social media, thanks to the #CastingShadow social media campaign.
Do you think we’ll see an uptick in the number of babies named Shadow the year the show comes out?
(At least two other Gaiman character names, Coraline and Yvaine, saw increased usage after the books Stardust and Coraline were made into movies.)
Source: Starz Greenlights Neil Gaiman’s American Gods Television Series
Neil Gaiman’s fantasy book Coraline (2002) tells the story of young Coraline Jones. The book was turned into a movie in 2009.
The book did inspire a few baby names, but watch what happens when the movie comes out:
- 2013: 385 baby girls named Coraline
- 2012: 325 baby girls named Coraline
- 2011: 224 baby girls named Coraline
- 2010: 237 baby girls named Coraline
- 2009: 120 baby girls named Coraline
- 2008: 11 baby girls named Coraline
- 2007: 5 baby girls named Coraline
- 2006: 7 baby girls named Coraline
- 2005: unlisted
Since 2012, the name Coraline has been among the top 1,000 baby girl names in the U.S.
How did Gaiman come up with the name? Here’s what he said in his recent University of the Arts Class of 2012 commencement speech [9:17 to 9:43]:
Fourthly, I hope you’ll make mistakes. If you make mistakes, it means you’re out there doing something. And the mistakes in themselves can be very useful. I once misspelled Caroline in a letter, transposing the A and O. And I thought, “Coraline…looks almost like a real name.”
(h/t Tim Ferriss)
Related: Yvaine is another Neil Gaiman character name.
In 2007 I wondered, “Could Yvaine become a popular baby name if Stardust does well at the box office?”
Three years later, I can (sort of) answer that question. See, the movie Stardust didn’t exactly turn into blockbuster. But it did reasonably well. And in 2008, Yvaine appeared on the SSA’s official baby name list for the very first time:
- 2009: 13 baby girls named Yvaine
- 2008: 8 baby girls named Yvaine [debut]
- 2007: unlisted
So the name didn’t become “popular,” but it’s more popular now than it used to be, relatively speaking. My hunch is that if Stardust had done better at the theaters, Yvaine would have popped up on more birth certificates.
The name of the movie itself didn’t make the list in 2008 or 2009, but it did make the list in 1977 –just once. Five baby girls were named Stardust that year. I’m not sure why, though. Seems too late to be a Ziggy Stardust thing. Any ideas?
Could Yvaine become a popular baby name if Stardust does well at the box office?
Stardust, which debuted in theaters several days ago, features actress Claire Danes as a “fallen star” named Yvaine. If Stardust is well-liked by the public, I think it could popularize the name Yvaine in the same way Gladiator (2000) popularized the name Maximus.
The movie is based on a novella by Neil Gaiman. I would guess that Yvaine’s name is based on that of Yvain, Knight of the Round Table, but I don’t know for sure.