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Stories Behind the Novogratzes' Names; What Inspired Yours?

All of the Novogratz kids have unique names, but their parents, Robert and Cortney, of Sixx Design, didn't pick them at random. In an interview for The Futon Critic, the dad of seven explained the stories behind his kiddos' creative names. He said:

We're Austrian so Wolfgang is from Wolfgang Amadeus but our joke is that in New York and LA they think we named him after Wolfgang Puck. Bellamy we just heard it when we were in France and I think the correct pronunciation is Bel Ami, which means "beautiful love." Tallulah is very Southern and there's a town in Georgia called Tallulah Falls. Breaker was named after the movie "Breaker Morant" and Harry Breaker Morant who is the man, a horseman, a poet, a soldier and that's one of my favorite movies ever so that's Breaker. Five is kind of random and, of course, he was our fifth child. My Mom pressured us even after he was born to change it and we almost switched to Felix but we didn't. The older generation likes it. With Holleder, my father was an All-American football player at West Point and the quarterback on the team was Don Holleder and he was killed at Vietnam. He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated for football and then the cover of Life for dying in Vietnam. My father thought he had two heroes in his life and that was one of them so it had a meaning to it. Going back to the army thing, my father was a Colonel but when I was aged 7-12 he was Major so that's where we came up with Major (the newborn's name). We thought that was a cool name and he was pretty touched by that. So each of them has a story and they're not just crazy names.

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skigurl skigurl 7 years
I love his kids names!!
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
My daughter's name is Tatum Blair. I remember hearing about Tatum O'Neal when I was in highschool, and the name stuck with me. I thought it was absolutely awesome for a girl! So, when we found out we were having a girl, that was the name. I'm so happy that my boyfriend liked it just as much as I did. The name suits her so well! Her middle name is after my brother. I've always loved the name Blair, and since my brother and I are so close, I wanted to my first child to have his name as their middle name.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Ha, chococat. It's funny to read that Katja is an unusual name to you, because here in Germany it's a really common name! My girl's name is Romy Amalia. Romy is a short for Rosemarie and the nickname for it was made famous by an actress in the 50s that I adore. For me it also reminds me of Rory (GG is my alltime favourite show) but nobody knows about this so it's not like she's named after a TV show...Amalia was her greatgrandmother.
Choco-cat Choco-cat 7 years
These are not the names of my kids, but unusual names within my (extended) family: Ziad (m), Willow (f), Niall (m), Katja (f), Wael (m), Maguire (f), Taj (m), Marika (f), Aram (m), and Sky (f).
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