The Oscars: it’s Hollywood’s biggest night of the year! We’ve picked some of this year’s nominees and broken down the root of their names.
Oscar nominee: Lupita Nyong’o, Best Actress in Supporting Role, 12 Years a Slave
The name Lupita is an abbreviated form of the name Guadalupe. It originates back to The Virgin Mary, a prominent religious figure in Nyong’o’s Mexican heritage.
Oscar nominee: Hayao Miyazaki, Best Animated Feature Film, The Wind Rises
Best known for his Studio Ghibli classic, Spirited Away, Miyazaki is back with another beloved animated film. His first name, Hayao, means “quick; fast” in Japanese.
Oscar nominee: June Squibb, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Nebraska
From its Latin roots, June comes from the name Juno, the Roman mythological goddess of marriage and queen of the gods.
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Oscar nominee: Didier Brunner, Best Animated Feature Film, Ernest and Célestine
Brunner’s French heritage is prominent in his name. Didier is the male version of the name Désirée, meaning “much-desired.”
Oscar nominee: Alfonso Cuarón, Best Directing, Gravity
The origins of this name, both Spanish and Italian, indicate this name means “noble and ready.” It was the name of several kings in Portugal and Spain.
Oscar nominee: Adruitha Lee, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Dallas Buyers Club
A completely unique name, Adruitha Lee is the only bearer of it in the U.S (according to the phone book).
Oscar nominee: Signe Byrge Sørensen, Best Documentary Feature, The Act of Killing
A variant of Signy, this feminine name comes from a character in Norse mythology.
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Oscar nominee: Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Wolf of Wall Street
Leonardo, the Italian and Spanish variation of the German name Leonard, means “strong as the lion.” DiCaprio’s mother has said in the past that she chose the name because she felt her first kick while looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting.
Oscar nominee: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Best Actor in a Leading Role, 12 Years a Slave
The name Chiwetel is of Nigerian origin meaning “God brings.”
Oscar nominee: Jonah Hill, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Wolf of Wall Street
In Hebrew, Jonah means “dove.” There is a lot of Biblical history behind it, such as the prophet Jonah in the Old Testament.
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