Where would the 90's be without a memory or two of watching Sex and the City and getting lost in the lives of the four beautiful urbanites, who walked the streets of New York with incredible style and grace, and took over our TV screens. For those of you living under a rock, or the next generation who have yet to discover and latch on to one of the most iconic TV shows in the history of television, I urge you, no I plead with you, to give Sex and the City a chance and see what the world is raving about. You'll either love it or hate it!
A simple premise surrounding the lives of four women as they challenge the norms of sex and relationships, Sex and the City was a hit and still is. After a 94 episode run with two additional movies added on for good measure, the franchise has a global following and not just because of the incredible dialogue, lust-after fashion or one liners that seem to have stood the test of time. The series developed icons and angered feminists. Admittedly, the show received both acclaim, more so from fans who found the characters, their ideals and lifestyles appealing and most noticeably, criticism from analysts and feminists for the subject matter it chose to highlight over the six series run.
Despite it's popularity, Sex and the City has divided the nation. It's almost like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. Many loved the liberal nature and attitude of the characters who explored their freedom years without judgement and apology. While others were offended by that same liberal nature that explored risks and highlighted them to a new generation of adolescents. Sex and the City, which was based on the book by Candace Bushnell, ran from 1998 to 2004 with long awaited movies in 2008, 2010 and a third instalment due in 2017/2018.
It's impossible to deny it's popularity or hide away from the fact that, whether you love it or not, Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte have influenced our opinions on sex, relationships and more and, of course, our wardrobes. Why shouldn't they influence us on the choice of name for our little bundles almost a decade and a half since the TV series officially ended?
Ah Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) how we miss you and your opinionated, wiley ways with a fashion sense and wardrobe we've coveted for years. Of course, Carrie is the first on our list because without her, there is no Sex and the City. As a weekly columnist, Carrie narrates the escapades of the four women in each show. She is an independent, free thinker, one of the first to be portrayed so brilliantly on our TV screens at a time when women were fighting their way to the top of their game.
Carrie is instinctive but lets her emotions do most of the thinking which lands her in trouble on occasion. She's a little immature and indecisive but coupled with her incredible self-confidence, they are some of the things we love about her. Carrie is a quintessential TV name, with some fantastic characters bearing the moniker, not only our beloved Carrie Bradshaw. There is Stephen King's Carrie, Claire Danes' Emmy-winning character Carrie Mathison of Homeland fame and of course the late Carrie Fisher brought the name to fame after she played Princess Leia in the Star Wars series.
Carrie is short for Carol or Caroline meaning "free man." The name Caroline comes from the English origin. In English it can mean, "Joy", "Song of happiness" and is also the feminine variant of Charles meaning "manly".
John James Preston (Chris Noth), also forever to be known as Mr Big, is the on-off love interest of Carrie. He is a traditional New York guy with a demanding personality which craves attention as soon as he walks into a room, but he is also a loner with no real close ties with friends which alienates him a bit. The fact that Big is never given his proper name in the TV series is a brilliant way of displaying Carrie's lack of commitment to him, his lack of commitment to her and their ever confusing relationship. While she is usually one step ahead of him in the romantic stakes, he eventually catches up with her. For these two love sick, love birds, they realised that becoming friends first was the initial step they should have taken before diving under the covers.
John is a fairly traditional name and a popular one at that but it most certainly stands the test of time. The English name John is the transliteration of the Hebrew name Johanan, meaning the "Name of the Lord."
Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) is the straight laced of the four women who has very traditional views and ideas about relationships, sex and marriage. Despite her conservative outlook, she has on occasion made decisions and revelations which are outside of her usual attitudes and has surprised her three girlfriends with some of these actions. Still, she is considered to be the most naive of the women who are more experienced and wily in their ways. She has clashed with them over some of their own viewpoints, most noticeably Samantha whose sexual liberalism appears to offend Charlotte. In the end though, Charlotte knows exactly what she wants in life, and with whom.
Charlotte is a beautiful and classic girls names and pis erfect for this character. It is the female form of the male name Charles. It is of French origin meaning "free man" or "petite". The name dates back to the 18th century.
Stanford Blatch (Willie Garson) is one of those almost necessary characters in a show like Sex and the City. Adding light relief and a bit of whimsy is always a good choice and Stanford adds those in bucket loads. He is portrayed as a classical gay man, although probably doesn't lend himself much favours with the gay community in real life. He is a great success in his career and a perfectly loyal and charming friend to the four women of the series. He is confident and social and not without a finely tuned wit and wisdom. Stanford and Carrie have a very close friendship which delves back to their younger days when they explored the New York City night life together in the 80's. We can only imagine what that was like!
Stanford is a brilliant upright name meaning "stony ford". It's most certainly a strong and powerful name which isn't in a great deal of use these days.
Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) is the fearless predator of men in Sex and the City. She makes no apologies for her love of sex and the hunt to find it. While often her attitude is questioned by the straight laced Charlotte, Samantha is a proud and confident woman in her 40's who makes no issue over the fact that sex is a huge part of her life. Although, you often wonder through the series what it is that stops Samantha from getting too close to the men in her life. Coming from a working class background, we know very little about her and why she is as provocative as she is. We do know that she had at least two abortions and jeopardises the majority of the relationships she starts but being non committal and running away as soon as any emotion creeps into the partnership.
Samantha is a beautiful and classic name which again has stood the test of time. Coming from the Hebrew feminization of Samuel, the name means "told by God". Samantha has been in English-speaking use since the eighteenth century and has rarely lost its popularity which spiked due to the nose-twitching heroine of TV's Bewitched who is iconic in her own right.
Preston is actually Mr Big's surname but makes for a wonderful first name. It's a very strong name much like it's Sex and the City counterpart, Mr Big, who towers over all competition in both his career and his love life. Carrie's relationship with Mr Big holds some of the most defining moments of the show. He has major commitment issues and always seems to be emotional unavailable to our beloved Carrie. We invested so much time waiting for these two kids to get together and after years of "will they, won't they" carry on, Carrie and Big find themselves in the same spot headed for the future together.
The name is derived from the English place-name composed of the Old English elements préost meaning "priest" and tūn meaning "town", "settlement", or "village" hence culminating in the meaning "the priest's village." It's most certainly an unusual and interesting choice for your baby boy.
Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) is the most career minded of the four women who pursues her dream of being a successful lawyer. Although her career focused mind makes her a little cynical of relationships and her view of men is not the same as her three friends. In saying that, she has one of the strongest relationships of the show, eventually. Becoming a Mum is definitely the biggest turning point in her character and watching her successfully balance her difficult and time consuming job with her role as a single mother is brilliant to watch. Her defining relationship with Steve Brady is most certainly not without its ups and some mega harsh downs but seeing how these two mature and independent individuals come through their difficulties is entertaining and heartwarming.
Miranda is a beautiful and traditional name which hasn't lost it's charm. Miranda is derived from the Latin mirandus meaning "admirable", or "wonderful". The name was created by Shakespeare for the heroine in his play 'The Tempest' (1611), about a father and daughter stranded on an island. It did not become a common English given name until the 20th century.
Aidan Shaw (John Corbett) is a love interest of Carrie. Being good with his hands, he makes furniture but also opens up a bar with Steve later on down the road. Carrie and Aidan's relationship always seems to hold the question, "why didn't they?" In fact, the pair dated twice throughout the series and it was quite a serious relationship at that. Unfortunately, the first time they dated, Carrie found her way into the arms of Mr Big and cheated on the lovely Aidan, encouraging him to break up with her. A glutton for punishment, Aidan dated Carrie for the second time and found it in his heart to propose to her. Sadly, for Aidan, Carrie just couldn't commit to him. Happily though, we learn that he does indeed settle down and has three kids with his wife.
The name is derived from the name Aodhán, which is a pet form of Aodh. The personal name Aodh means "fiery" or "bringer of fire" and was the name of a Celtic sun god.
We know that Samantha is a "try-sexual" meaning she will try anything once, and although she appears to have a love of all things "Big" she tried her hand at a lesbian love affair which opened her eyes to much more than the feminine form. Maria Diega Reyes (Sonia Braga) is an artist who Samantha ends up having a brief but emotional relationship with. Her friends are quite taken aback and surprised by Samantha's adventurous ways with Maria but then again is there anything she won't do?
Maria is a loving and caring individual who teaches Samantha quite a lot about her own sexuality. Lured by the sex, of course, when that starts to dwindle and the couple spend more time talking, and Maria realises that her love interst has intimacy issues, Samantha pulls a plug on the relationship ending her tryst with lesbianism.
Maria is the Latin form of Mary, which is derived from the Hebrew Miryām. The name may mean "sea of bitterness" or "sea of sorrow." However, it may also mean "rebellion," "wished-for child," and "mistress or lady of the sea" as the name meaning is debated.
Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov) is a rich, successful, and older Russian artist who pursues Carrie and whom she is quite taken with despite it being obvious that he may never be able to fully commit to her. In fact, he refers to her as his lover at one stage, diminishing their relationship. Her relationship with Aleksandr runs into a major roadblock when she discovers that he has a daughter who is already in her twenties, and that he does not see any more children in his future. The thoughts of not having children is too much for Carrie to bear and she questions if she would resent him for not giving her children even though she feels he is good to her and how much he loves her and her him.
Despite all of this she gives up her life in New York for him and moves to Paris with him. Her relationship with Aleksandr is a defining moment for her life as she realises that the loneliness and isolation of being in Paris is exactly the same way she feels in her relationship with him. After a heated argument she leaves and runs into Mr Big in an incredible twist of fate.
Alexander is a relatively common boys name but its beauty and strength can't be denied. The name means "defender of the people " or "protector of men." The most famous is Alexander the Great, who created one of the largest empires in ancient history.
Sadly, Charlotte struggled to get pregnant in her first marriage to Trey who she initially believed was impotent. It turns out that his issues with sex and intimacy grew deeper and after getting some help they managed to have a regular sex life however this in turn resulted in Charlotte discovering that she had some fertility issues. After discussing it and deciding to start IVF treatment, Trey realised he was not ready to be a father and so they ultimately divorced. It's Charlottes second marriage with Harry Goldenblatt that saw her dreams of becoming a Mum a reality as they adopted a beautiful Chinese girl named Lily.
You can't go wrong with the name Lily which is a classically beautiful feminine name. It has always stood the test of time and will never be out of fashion. The name Lily comes from the flower of the same name. It is a symbol of innocence, purity and truth and is ultimately derived from Latin word lilium.
It's unfortunate that Charlotte and Trey MacDougall (Kyle MacLachlan) were unable to make their marriage work but everything happens for a reason. Charlotte is a very determined woman and when she wants something she most certainly goes and gets it. She knows exactly what she wants from life and when she meets Trey during a chance encounter, she falls in love at first sight, as does he.
Charlotte, working to her schedule of wanting to be married, hurries their relationship along and suggests they get married. He agrees and wedding plans are put into place. Of course, nothing ever runs smoothly where Sex and the City is involved, and Charlotte returning to traditionalist ways, withholds sex until the wedding night. It is when they are married that she realises Trey has issues in that department and much larger issues which counter her plans for the life and family she planned for.
The name Trey is derived from the Middle English trey meaning "three", which is ultimately from the Latin tres also meaning "three". The name was traditionally given to the third-born or the third-born son.
It was believed that Charlotte was suffering from fertility issues during her first marriage and so herself and her second husband went down the route of adoption to start their family with their first child Lily. We find out that Charlotte is in fact pregnant in the second instalment of the movie franchise of Sex and the City and as any first time Mum-to-be Charlotte overreacts and is nervous for most of her pregnancy. A completely understandable reaction considering she didn't think she could get pregnant.
Charlotte immediately upon finding out she is expecting, fearful of losing the baby, even gives up her usual running in Central Park. During a surprise encounter with Mr Big that infuriates her, her waters break and he rushes her to the hospital where baby Rose is born.
Rose is a perfect baby name to accompany Charlotte's Lily. The name is Germanic in origin, and is composed of the elements hrod meaning "fame" and heid meaning "kind, sort, type". The Normans introduced it to England in the forms Roese and Rohese. From an early date it was associated with the word for the fragrant flower rose which is derived from the Latin rosa.
Richard Wright (James Remar) is another of Samantha's love interests who creates major confusion for her as she becomes more emotionally involved with him. At the beginning they are perfectly matched, as Richard who is a hotel magnate, is as independent, successful and as confidant as she is. Their relationship evolves as she finds herself becoming more and more attached to him and they end up attempting to be monogamous with each other. However, all good things come to an end, and Samantha is heartbroken when she discovers he has been unfaithful. And so, she ends the relationship.
Richard is derived from the German ric meaning "power" or "rule" and hard meaning "brave or hardy" resulting in the name meaning "brave power." The Normans introduced the name to Britain, and it has been very common there since that time.
Steve Brady (David Eigenberg) is the on again, off again and very much on again partner of Miranda who we will and will and will to sort things out throughout the series. Originally, Miranda wanted only a one night stand with Steve, but some things you just can't shake off and she realised just how much she was attracted to him. They start a relationship which is full of the usual pitfalls and breakups. They eventually split up as their differences seem too big too overcome but they remain friends which is the strongest aspect of their relationship.
By a twist of fate, Miranda ends up pregnant by Steve after she sleeps with him as a way to tell him that after his cancer scare and losing one testicle he can still have an active and full sex life. Having a baby together creates additional tension for the pair who are not together but working towards raising their child together. Miranda however can not run away from her true feelings and knows in her heart that he is "the one".
Steven a strong masculine, traditional name which has stood the test of time is always a popular choice. It is derived from the Greek name meaning "wreath", "crown", "honour", and "reward". In ancient Greece, a wreath was given to the winner of a contest.
Yet another of Samantha's love interests with a classic and long lasting name James (James Goodwin) tests her in the commitment stakes. Unusually for her, she doesn't jump straight into bed with him and instead develops an emotional relationship and tie to him. Finally admitting that she is in fact in love with him, they sleep together for the first time but here is where the relationship falls down. After discovering that James is under endowed and that she struggles to get any real satisfaction from that side of their relationship, she calls time on it and breaks up with him. Funnily enough, when she sleeps with a man who is the opposite to James and overly endowed in that area she struggles even worse and ends up saying that she misses the sweet, under endowed James. You can't win!
James is a classic boys' name derived from the Hebrew name Jacob. It means "supplanter," one who follows. In the 17th century the Scottish king James VI inherited the English throne, becoming the first ruler of all Britain, and the name became much more popular.
Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler) could not be further from what Charlotte would automatically look for in a husband but turns out he is everything and more that she needed. From the outside he is short, bald, hairy and uncouth but he is also passionate, funny, attentive and caring, the complete opposite to Charlotte's first husband, Trey. Harry is, in actual fact, Charlotte's Jewish divorce lawyer who she is initially not attracted to at all but starts a physical relationship with him regardless. In fact, it's the best sex she's ever had! Charlotte sees her future with Harry and converts to Judaism to show him how dedicated she is to their relationship. Of course, their relationship has ups and downs but happily, they find their destiny in each other.
Harry is a boys name which is the Middle English form of Henry and also sometimes used as a diminutive form of Harold.
Skipper Johnston (Ben Weber) is a young and immature 27 year old who really is no match for the daring and cynical Miranda who sparks a relationship with him which is purely sexual. Miranda clearly sees no future for the pair as Skipper is a romantic idealist she finds it hard to relate to. Skipper on the other hand is head over heels in love with Miranda who he admires and looks up to you. He sees her as the strong powerful and sexually magnetic woman she is and would do anything for her. Saddened by the fact that she does not love him in the same way, he shows his angry side and lashes out when Miranda suggests that they see other people.
Skipper is an interesting choice of baby name but ultimately cute and adorable. The various meanings include, "Captain", "Shipmaster", and "A ship's captain.
Robert Leeds (Blair Underwood) is a successful sports medicine doctor for the New York Knicks who Miranda meets during a tenancy board meeting when an apartment in her building becomes available. He is charming and Miranda is very much drawn to him, so much so, that she takes over the tenancy interview as a way to find out more about him. Obviously, as he is a potential love interest for the single mother, he gets the apartment and Miranda and Robert start a short but interesting relationship. Robert was devoted to the relationship more so than Miranda who was still hung up on her son's father, Steve. After ending the relationship to give herself and Steve another shot, Robert is fiercely disappointed and jealous of the newly reunited couple.
Robert is another strong and classic boy's name, that never goes out of fashion. It is derived from the Germanic name Hrodebert which means "bright fame."
Candace Bushnell is the American novelist and television producer who the basis of Sex and the City is taken from as the series is based on her ever popular and controversial column for The New York Observer. The real life Carrie Bradshaw. Candace wrote the column from 1994 to 1996 which was based on her own personal dating experiences and those of her friends.
Candace, at the tender age of 19, moved to New York to pursue a career as a writer. As a freelance writer she struggled to make ends meet before the opportunity to write the column came about. As is the nature of the publishing industry, a chance was taken by Warner Books who published the columns in an anthology which was also called Sex and the City. Soon after, this book became the basis for the hugely popular television series of the same name changing Candace's life forever.
The name Candace comes from the hereditary title of the queens of Ethiopia, as mentioned in Acts in the New Testament. It is apparently derived from the words Cushitic kdke meaning "queen mother".