It may not be stunningly original, but I adore Lin-Manuel Miranda.
I mean, there’s Hamilton, which explored American history in a fresh, unexpected way. (I’m a sucker for this kind of thing. Like Baz Luhrman’s Romeo + Juliet, or opera update Carmen Jones.)
But here’s why I’m talking about him today. He’s now involved in at least three Disney productions: he scored Moana, back before he was a household name. Miranda will play a character in the Mary Poppins sequel, opposite Emily Blunt. And AV Club reports that he’ll be working on the Little Mermaid live action movie, as well as a possible fourth, early stage collaboration.
In all the chatter about the Miranda-Disney connection, someone pointed out that his son is named Sebastian. That’s a Disney name par excellence, thanks to the sometimes cranky crustacean friend of Ariel. Lin-Manuel and his wife, Vanessa Nadal, welcomed their son in 2014. I’ve no idea if the Disney connection influenced the couple – after all, Sebastian makes for a mainstream choice today.
Still, can I tell you I feel a little cooler being such a Disney superfan if I’m in the company of someone like Lin-Manuel?
I tend to think that it’s a good thing when your fandoms overlap with names you might have chosen anyway. Do you prefer names with a tie to your favorite movies/books/sports teams/places and so on? Or do you try to avoid it?
Elsewhere in baby naming news:
- Did you have a period of name regret? Did it pass, or does it linger? I think The Name Lady’s response is correct in this case, but I also think it’s reasonable to consider changing a newborn’s name if it feels completely wrong.
- Oh, I love stories like this one: Welcome to the world, Justin!
- A great list of word names from real birth announcements – would you consider Arrow or Legend, Sunshine or Love?
- I’m fascinated by a sentence in this post from Design Mom’s Living with Kids series: “Enter Mia Kateryna. (I still sometimes forget how to spell her middle name).” I remain forever addicted to the series – in fact, it might be time to update this post.
- Some interesting numbers from Emily on how consonant-light popular names for girls are lately. Confession: I’m completely contrarian on this topic. I tend to prefer consonant-heavy names. Which isn’t to say that I automatically dislike the vowel-heavy variety.
- Kate’s theories on why we don’t see more girl juniors are worth a read. I think she’s on to something!
- They did use Ignatius, only in the middle spot!
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!