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10 Award Winning Baby Boy Names Inspired By The Oscars

Whether you want to go original, or stick with the classics, there are some great options on offer from the film industry. Will your little one be a scene-stealing actor, the writer of a classic screenplay, or the composer of the most heart-wrenching soundtracks?

1. Daniel

Meaning ‘God is my judge’, the name Daniel is Hebrew in origin, but it’s also the name of many Oscar nominees including two of the Best Actor hopefuls (Daniel Kaluuya and Daniel Day Lewis)

2. Woody

Meaning ‘of the woods’, this is the shortened version of ‘Woodrow’. Popularised in recent years by Toy Story, it’s also owned by the great Woody Harrelson.

3. Denzel

The meaning of the name 'Denzel' differs in differing languages, and cultures. This includes ‘From the High Stronghold’, and ‘The Wild One’. It may come from a place name in Cornwall, but don’t let that put you off. The most famous example is of course, Denzel Washington.

4. Sam

Short for Samuel, the name means ‘Sun child’ or ‘Bright sun’. Sam Rockwell is nominated for Best Supporting Actor, but other famous Sams include Sam Rockwell, Sam Neill, playwright Sam Shepard, and of course Samuel Beckett.

5. Christopher

The name Christopher means ‘bearer of Christ’, and can also be shortened to Chris. This year Christopher Plummer is nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and Christopher Nolan is nominated or Best Director … not bad!

6. Jordan

Jordan mean’s ‘descending’ and is the name of both a river, and a country. Though it can be used as either a male or female name, it’s on the list in honour of Jordan Peele, who is nominated for Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.

7. Martin

The name Martin means ‘warlike’ or ‘of Mars’. Writer, and director Martin McDonagh (who has dual Irish and British citizenship) shares his name with Martin Luther King, Martin Sheen, Martin Scorcese, and Martin Freeman amongst others.

8. Bruno

Bruno means ‘Armour/Protection’ or ‘Brown’ and originates in Germany. Perhaps the most famous Bruno at the moments is Bruno Mars (or Strictly’s Bruno Tonioli!) But it also belongs to renowned cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel.

9. Kerrin

Kerrin can be either a boy’s or a girl’s name, and comes from the Gaelic word for ‘Dark’. It is also related to Kerry, and Ciaran. Kerrin Sheldon is a cinematographer, nominated for Best Documentary Short.

10. Theo

The shortened version of Theodore (or the less flattering ‘Theobald’), Theo means ‘divine gift’. As well as being the name of a Dragon’s Den panel member, it is also the name of award-winning composer and sound editor Theo Green.

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