You already know we’re obsessed with baby names, but the secret’s out: We’re obsessed with everything Twilight, too — the books, the movies and OK, we’ll admit it, the incredibly fine leading men! So in honor of the release of the third film, Eclipse, on June 30, we’ve got a roundup of our favorite Twilight names from the blockbuster series. Whether you’re on Team Edward or Team Jacob, we hope you’ll agree: These names are bloody good!
The name Edward is classic and timeless – perfect for a guy who’s over 100 years old and immortal. It has a royal sound, which works well for Twilight’s vampire prince, and its meaning — “protector” — is a spot-on fit for the guardian of an accident-prone girlfriend. Although Edward hasn’t been a top name since the 1930s, Twilight (and Robert Pattinson) could bring it back from the dead.
Bella is Italian and Spanish for “beautiful,” which makes this a no-brainer name choice for parents enraptured with lovely baby daughters. It’s also a shortened version of Isabella, which is currently the most popular girls’ name in the country. And thanks to Twilight’s heroine, played by Kristen Stewart, it just might stay at the #1 spot in 2010! (Wow, do we sound like Ryan Seacrest on the American Top 40 or what?)
Since Jacob is the most common boys’ name in the U.S., and has been for the last 11 years, you might shy away from choosing it for your son. But one look at Taylor Lautner’s hunky portrayal of the waiting-in-the-wings werewolf might make you think it wouldn’t be so bad to have your kid called “Jacob B.” or “Jacob M.” at school. It’s popular because it’s a strong, masculine name. And its nicknames Jake and Jack are manly winners, too.
The name Carlisle is an aristocratic-sounding name and a great pick for parents gung-ho for the last-names-as-first-names trend (or those who want their kids’ names to sound like a law office or fancy hotel … just kidding!). However, Carl works as a down-to-earth nickname for boys, and Charlie works as a nickname for both boys and girls with the name.
Celebrity mom Bryce Dallas Howard (a celebrity baby with a place name herself!) plays the bad vampire Victoria in Eclipse and gets to kick some serious butt in battle. And we think Victoria kicks serious butt as a strong but beautiful girls’ name — it means “victory.”
James is the most popular name among U.S. presidents, which makes it a fitting name for the former leader of the rival vampires in the first Twilight installment. But we like the name James because it sounds good with literally any last name. James Ng? Sounds good. James Smith? Sounds good. James Papodopolus? Still sounds good! We’re bumming that the freaky vampire James was killed in the first Twilight flick because celebrity dad Cam Gigandet is so freaking hot!
This old-school name hasn’t fallen down the rabbit hole– it’s making a comeback! Alice may be best known for the childlike heroine of literature, but it’s one of those “new traditionalist” names (a.k.a. names that used to be associated with little old ladies) that are so cool right now. In the Twilight films, telepathic vampire Alice is played by actress Ashley Greene.
We think the naturalist, unique name Jasper rocks! In fact, it is a kind of rock — a gemstone actually — which is crazy fitting since actor Jackson Rathbone, who plays Jasper in the Twilight films, sings and plays guitar in the rock band 100 Monkeys. And while we love the name Jasper, we’re not sure about the band’s name.
Retro name Rosalie hasn’t even entered the top 1,000 names in the U.S. in over 20 years. But we think it’s a sweet and lyrical version of the classic one-syllable Rose. If your family tree (or rosebush) has Latin or Italian roots, this is a blooming way to honor your baby girl’s heritage. Actress Nikki Reed, who plays vampiress Rosalie in the Twilight films, is of Italian ancestry herself, and she also has Native American blood in her background, like her character’s werewolf allies.
If you’re in love with the currently cool boy names Collin, Connor, Ethan or Elliot (or in love with actor Kellan Lutz), here’s a much less-common name with the same vibe: Emmett. Although Twilight may raise its profile a bit, the name has never entered the top 100 since the U.S. started tracking names. We dig how it has an American pioneer ring to it, and how it’s so masculine-sounding that it will never be taken over as a girls’ name.
You can’t get more chic and French than the name Esmé for a little girl. (That accent mark is as cute as a beret!) Its uplifting sound and its meaning of “loved” contribute to the name’s all-around sweetness. Actress Elizabeth Reaser plays the loving vampire wife and mom Esmé in the Twilight films, but in real life Elizabeth is single and hasn’t yet had kids. However, celebrity parents Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan did give the name to one of their four kids.
Though the name Charlie in the Twilight series belongs to Bella’s gruff-guy dad, this name is quickly becoming popular for girls as well as boys. It’s a hit for celebrity babies of both genders — Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell and Jeremy Sisto chose it for their daughters, while Jon Cryer and Sarah Chalke both gave it to their sons. Billy Burke may play “Charlie” in the Twilight movies, but he went a bit more off the beaten path for his daughter’s name: It’s Bluesy Larou.
Don’t underestimate the name Jane as plain — this name’s got serious girl power! There are lots of strong, awesome women with this moniker, like Jane Austen, Jane Fonda and 30 Rock funny lady Jane Krakowski. Know who else is awesome? Teen actress Dakota Fanning, who plays psychic pain-inflicting vampire Jane in New Moon and Eclipse! The gal’s got acting chops well beyond her years.
Riley may sound like a mondo-modern name, since we’ve recently been hearing it as a first name for both boys and girls. But as names go, this one is absolutely ancient. Nameologists aren’t even 100 percent positive on its origins–it’s either English or Irish.
Australian actor Xavier Samuel plays newborn bloodsucker Riley in Eclipse, and if you’ve read the books (spoiler alert!), you know that his character’s cool name will be hanging around a lot longer than he will onscreen.
The name Aro (pronounced like “arrow”) may sound bizarre and even dark and sinister, but it does have one thing going for it: the magic “three-letter charm.” Short, sweet and sassy names with only a trio of letters, like Ava, Lou and Hal, are way cool right now.
Aro in New Moon is played by celeb dad Michael Sheen. He and ex Kate Beckinsale must also be fans of short names — they named their kid Lily Mo.
Hebrew name Leah is one of the first female names mentioned in the Bible (after Eve, of course). And it’s still going strong — last year Leah was #29 on the list of popular U.S. names for girls, and it’s been rising steadily for a decade. In Eclipse, young Leah Clearwater is the first female werewolf the Quileute tribe has ever known, and the role is played by the gorgeous Julia Jones.
We find it ironic that the best-selling, gifted writer of the Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer, appears to have a typo in her first name. Whether or not you’re a fan of nontraditional spellings for traditional names, we expect that the author’s name has been mistakenly spelled “Stephanie” most of her life. However, all of her characters — as well as her real-life sons Gabe, Seth and Eli–have standard spellings for their names.
So inspired by those love-struck bloodsuckers and wild wolves that you’re considering a Twilight-inspired name for your baby? Find more Twilight names, as well as baby names inspired by celebrities and more on our Baby Names pages!