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With a Blue Moon (the second of two full moons this month) on its way, the baby-name trend of the moment should be ... werewolf names.
OK, we're pulling your paw a little. But that hasn't stopped baby-name site Nameberry from rounding up a pack of names that are vaguely inspired by werewolves. Here are a few howl-arious choices, for American werewolves in London ... or anywhere. If your baby is as rare as a full moon, read on.
And if these names aren't unusual enough for you, Nameberry also has lists of everything from state-capital baby names (hey there, Madison and Phoenix) to ... you guessed it, vampire baby names. (Oh, Edward and Bella, you truly are immortal.)
Speaking of Edward and Bella ... those "Twilight" stars had a werewolf friend (or rival, in Edward's case) in Native American Jacob Black, famously played by frequently shirtless Taylor Lautner in the movies. Jacob of course has a biblical history as well, and its nickname, Jake, is sometimes used as a full name these days.
Harry Potter fans may know Remus from Remus Lupin (played by David Thewlis, who taught Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts (oh, and was a werewolf). The name's history is wolf-tied as well. In Roman mythology, Romulus and Remus are twins who were abandoned and nursed by a she-wolf, and eventually set out to found the city of Rome. It didn't end well for Remus, just so you know.
Lucian the Lycan is a werewolf in the "Underworld" series of movies. Famous historic Lucians include a saint, Sigmund Freud's grandson, and Lucian of Samosata, sometimes considered the father of science fiction. So if you or your spouse just can't put down the Asimov or turn off "Star Trek," this might be your baby name.
We're off to see the ... werewolf? Oz isn't just the magical land discovered by Dorothy, it's also the name of the werewolf Seth Green played in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." And that "z" gives it a jazzy, modern sound.
There just aren't that many famous female werewolves. One of them, however, is Leah Clearwater of the "Twilight" series. It's no coincidence that Jacob is also a werewolf name — in the Bible, Leah is Jacob's first wife.
Jeremy howled in class today? Not just a Pearl Jam reference, Jeremy can refer to Jeremy Danvers, werewolf and former alpha wolf in the Canadian TV series "Bitten," based on author Kelley Armstrong's "Women of the Otherworld" series.
Also from "Bitten" and the "Women of the Otherworld" book series comes Elena Michaels, a female werewolf (see, there are a few!) torn between her modern life and her ties to her wolfpack. Other famous Elenas include Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and fictional Elena Gilbert, protagonist of the young-adult book series "The Vampire Diaries."
You may know that Lon Chaney Jr. played "The Wolf Man" in the iconic 1941 Universal monster movie of the same name. But did you know the Wolf Man's human name? It's Lawrence "Larry" Talbot, which explains why that handsome and venerated name (sometimes spelled Laurence) is on the list.
Why Claude? Well, actor Claude Rains played The Wolf Man's father in the 1941 film, plus "Claude" sounds a lot like "clawed," and we all know how that relates to wolves. A pretty feminine version is Claudia. (There's even another supernatural tie-in: Claudia is the 10-year-old girl Lestat turns into a vampire in Anne Rice's "Interview With a Vampire.")
Yes, we may be reaching for female names here, but Gwen is the character the Wolf Man (Larry, see above) falls in love with in the 1941 Universal film. Rocker Gwen Stefani may have helped make the name cool again. It's sometimes short for Gwendolyn or even Guinevere, but also can stand alone.
It's spelled differently, but perhaps Sylvie makes the list because Silvi Timberwolf is a werewolf character in the popular monster doll series Monster High. And it may start you humming that Leadbelly classic (remade famously by The Weavers), "Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie."
Back to "Twilight": Embry Call is one of Jacob Black's best friends, and a member of his werewolf pack. Though male in the books, the name Embry is used for baby girls as well, and it has that popular beginning "Em" sound that make Emily and Emma such popular choices.
Tyler Posey played the main character, werewolf Scott McCall, in the TV series "Teen Wolf" (based on the 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox). Tyler is a popular name choice for both boys and girls, whether for wolfy reasons, its catchy sound, or even because of President John Tyler. Tippecanoe, and werewolves too.
Marcus Bozeman was the leader of a werewolf pack on HBO's "True Blood," a show known best for its vampires, but which also featured other supernatural beings. Probably the most famous werewolf from that show was Alcide Herveaux (played by Joe Manganiello), if you want an even fancier "True Blood" werewolf name.
One of those rare female werewolves is Vivian, from Annette Curtis Klause's young-adult novel, "Blood & Chocolate," which was loosely adapted into a 2007 movie. Different spellings abound. Many associate this elegant name with Vivien Leigh who played Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind," but Vivienne became popular thanks to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt choosing it for one of their twins.