Friday, November 20, 2015


Peeta Mellark was a character in The Hunger Games franchise. Peeta lived in District 12 and was chosen as tribute to the 74th Hunger Games along with Katniss Everdeen. Peeta's family owned a bakery and he was a talented baker and cake decorator. Peeta had a crush on Katniss and mentioned it during an interview before the games. Haymitch, their mentor, used the idea of young love to help the two survive the games. Following the games, Peeta and Katniss had to keep up the pretense of their relationship to appease President Snow. When Katniss and Haymitch were slected as tribute to the Quarter Quell, Peeta volunteered to go in Haymitch's place. After the games were sabotaged, Peeta was captured by the Capitol and was tortured and brainwashed.

There is no history for the name Peeta. It has been suggested that it is derived from the English word pita, since he came from a family of bakers. Peeta does not appear in the Social Security Administration's name database.


In The Hunger Games franchise, Primrose Everdeen was the younger sister of Katniss Everdeen. Primrose lived in District 12, and at the age of 12, she was selected as tribute for the 74th Hunger Games. Katniss volunteered to go in her place. Primrose was a natural healer, taking after her mother, who often provided medical care to District 12 residents. Primrose adopted a cat named Buttercup and she had a goat named Lady. When District 12 was bombed following the 75th Hunger Games, Gale helped Primrose and her mother escape to District 13. There, Primrose began formal medical training to become a doctor. She often went by the nickname 'Prim.'

In The Lord of the Rings, Samwise Gangee had a daughter named Primrose.

Primrose is a Middle English word that means 'first rose.' In 2014, 42 girls were named Primrose in the U.S. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


In Marvel's Agents of Shield, Jemma Simmons was a biochemist and was part of Phil Coulson's team. She worked closely with Leo Fitz, and the two were commonly referred to as 'Fitzsimmons.' Jemma had two PhD's and attended S.H.I.E.L.D's Academy of Science and Technology. Grant Ward attempted to kill both Jemma and Fitz. Fitz sacrificed himself to save Jemma, telling her that he loved her as he did so. Fitz survived with some brain damage, but their friendship was never the same due to the guilt Jemma felt for his sacrifice and because she did not reciprocate his feelings. Jemma was sucked into an obelisk that was a portal to another world.

Jemma is a variant of the Italian name Gemma which means 'gem or precious stone.'  In 2014, Jemma was the 637th most popular name for girls in the U.S.

Monday, October 26, 2015


In DC comics and televison, Supergirl's name was Kara Zor-El. She was the cousin of Kal-El, aka Superman. She was an inhabitant of Argo City, which survived the destruction of Krypton. The inhabitants eventually died from radiation poisoning, with Kara being the only survivor.  She was adopted by the Danvers family on Earth, and went by Kara Danvers there.

In the reboot of Battlestar Galactica, Kara Thrace, aka Starbuck, was a member of Galactica's crew. Her mother, Socrata Thrace was a member of the Colonial Marines and her father, Dreilide Thrace was a pianist. Kara was abused as a child. After her dream of becoming a professional Pyramid Ball player ended with a knee injury, she joined the military and became a pilot. She was romantically involved with Zak Adama, and they were engaged when he was killed. She liked to play cards and tended to drink a lot. She had a strong faith in the Gods. She later married Samuel Anders.

Kara is a variant of the Italian name Cara, which means 'beloved.' In 2014, Kara was the 442nd most popular name for girls in the U.S.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


In Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daisy Johnson was the daughter of Calvin Johnson and an inhuman, Jiaying. Daisy was taken from her parents as an infant, and she went by the name Skye. She joined S.H.I.E.L.D., and worked on Agent Phil Coulson's team. After she was exposed to the Terrigen mist, she gained the ability to cause vibrations in objects. In the Marvel comics, her codename was Quake, and she became a member of the Avengers.

In Pokémon, Daisy was an older sister of Misty. She was the one of the Gym Leaders of Cerulean City.

In the video game Super Mario Land, Daisy was the Princess of Sarasaland.

Daisy is an English name that means 'day's eye.' It is also the name of a flower. It is sometimes a nickname for Marguerite, which is the French word for the same flower. In 2014, Daisy was the 180th most popular name for girls in the U.S.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Mars is the fourth planet in our solar system. It is the second largest planet (excluding dwarf planets) in the solar system, after Mercury. It has two small moons named Phobos and Deimos. An abundance of iron oxide gives Mars its red color. Mars is home to the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons.

A list and description of the planet Mars in fiction can be found here.

The name Mars comes from the Roman god of War. In 2014 34 boys were named Mars in the U.S.

Monday, October 5, 2015


In The Legend of Zelda, Princess Zelda was the name of several members of the royal family of Hyrule. In some incarnations she was a child. In others, she was a young adult. Zelda possessed psychic and magical abilities. She often played the role of damsel in distress for the hero Link.

In X-Men, Zelda was a waitress who once dated Robert Drake, aka Iceman.

In the British Sci-Fi series, Terrahawks, Zelda was an android and the primary villain of the series.

In the Batman television series, Zelda the Great was a magician who robbed a bank every year on April Fool's day in order to pay Eivol Ekdol to make her escape devices for her.

Zelda is a diminutive of the Old German name Griselda, which means 'dark battle.' Zelda dropped out of the top 1,000 names for girls in the U.S. in 1967. In 2014, 212 girls were named Zelda.