Get the Scoop on Jill Duggar Dillard’s Baby Name!

Jill Duggar Dillard and husband Derick Dillard didn’t follow in her 19 Kids and Counting family’s “J” baby name footsteps. Her first son, who was born last night, was given the name Israel David!

Israel is a place name, of course, but before it became the name of the Middle Eastern country, it was a common boys’ name that means “he who struggles with God.” In the Old Testament, God gave Jacob that name after he tangled with an angel. It’s been in the top 500 baby names in the U.S. since the 1960s.

David is a timeless pick, and given the family’s devout religious faith, it’s not too surprising that it’s another Biblical name. David means beloved, and has been in the top 50 for the past century and a half. There are numerous namesakes, including the Old Testament king, rock legend David Bowie, and the protagonist of Charles’ Dickens’ classic David Copperfield, just to mention a few.

All in all, Israel David is a name that speaks to their family’s strong religious traditions, and gives them plenty of room to pick lots of other “I” names, if they choose to follow the family tradition of giving all of their kids the same first initial. (I’m loving the idea of Israel coupled with Isadora and Ignatius!)

Tell us: What do you think of the name Israel David? Are either of those picks on your short list?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. (You could find your question answered here!) And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

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‘Mad Men’ Baby Names: What’s in Vogue, What’s Not?

Mad Men‘s final season started last night. But even if the show brought ’60s cocktails and fashions back into vogue, it hasn’t exactly done the same for baby names. (When’s the last time you met a new baby named Don?) Here’s the scoop on what hit (and what didn’t) from the show:

Don Don Draper rises from a dark and troubled past to become a partner in his own advertising agency, but left behind a broken marriage, three kids and lots of other trouble in his wake. (FYI—the current Don actually took his name from a Korean War buddy who died near him. His real name was Richard.) Donald is a Scottish name that means chief, and has been on a slow decline in popularity since the 1950s.

Betty This short form of Elizabeth was ubercommon in this era—and was given to Don Draper’s first wife and mother of his children. While Betty itself is rarely heard on the playground, Elizabeth is still a top 20 favorite. You may want to consider a more stylish nickname, like Eliza, Lizzy, or Beth.

Peggy Copywriter Peggy Olson also rose through the ranks from the secretarial pool—and engaged in some Don Draperesque behavior in her personal life. Her name is a vintage nickname for the classic Margaret. Peggy hasn’t yet made a comeback, but there’s a slew of nicknames for Margaret that are popular, including Maggie, Maisie, May, Greta, and Daisy.

Pete Pete Campbell probably has one of the most timeless names on the show, thanks to its association with the popular saint. Peter means “rock,” and is currently hovering near the top 200.

Joan Joan started out in the secretarial pool, before being elevated to partner at Don Draper’s new agency. Joan is a female variant on John and shares its meaning (“God is gracious”) but not its popularity—it dropped out of the top 1000 in the early 1990s.

Sally Don and Betty’s daughter scores this nickname for Sarah that shares its meaning, princess. Sally fell out of the top 1000 in the 1990s, after a long reign near the top.

Roger Roger Sterling was head of Sterling Cooper and the later agency, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. His name, currently in the top 600, means warrior.

Megan This Welsh variant of Margaret shares its meaning, pearl. It’s the name of Don’s second wife, a former junior copywriter at the firm and aspiring actress. Megan was actually up and coming during the 1950s and 1960s, and hit its peak in the 1990s. It’s currently still in the top 200.

Tell us: Which of these baby names do you think have a shot of coming back into style? And would you name your baby any of them?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. (You could find your question answered here!) And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

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All About the Boy’s Baby Name Milla Jovovich Picked—for Her Girl!

It’s a girl for model/actress Milla Jovovich and husband Paul W.S. Anderson—and for their second daughter, they chose to follow the latest celeb trend of giving their daughter a baby name that’s been traditionally used for boys. Joining big sister Ever Gabo is baby sister Dashiel Edon. (And that’s a much better baby name than the one Ever suggested for her little sister—Toilet Bowl!)

Dashiel is a unique spelling for Dashiell, a British take on the French surname de Chiel. It’s been picked by a slew of celebrities for their sons—actors Cate Blanchett and Jason Priestley, and rocker Alice Cooper. It comes with a couple of nicknames, including the stylish Dash and the more staid Shelly. It hasn’t been a top 1000 choice for either boys or girls.

The middle name they chose, Edon, appears to be an alternative spelling of Aidan, though it could also be a variant of the more girly Eden. Depending on which name it originated from, Edon either means little fire or paradise.

It’s definitely not a common choice for a girl—though Dashiel feels a little bit more feminine than some of the other baby names celebs have co-opted (hello, James!). What do you think of it?

And what do you think of the trend of using boys’ names for girls? Are there any boys’ names you think should be “off-limits” to girls? And would you consider following this trend with your own child?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. (You could find your question answered here!) And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

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All About Molly Sims’ Colorful Baby Name Choice

Actress and model Molly Sims welcomed her second child with husband  on Thursday, and their new daughter is sporting a lovely baby name: Scarlett May.

Scarlett earned its fame from the feisty heroine of Gone With the Wind, who officially sported the first name Katherine (Katie), but was known as Scarlett. But Scarlett Johansson is probably the reason the baby name is suddenly red hot—Scarlett really took off over the past decade, from a spot just inside the top 1000 to its spot in the top 50. It means ruby red, making it a trendy color name, along the lines of Sage, Ruby, Jade, and Hazel.

The middle name, May, hasn’t been in the top 1000 since the 1980s as a first name. But it has seen a bit more popularity in the middle spot. It’s actually considered a variation or nickname of the classic Margaret, and shares its meaning—pearl. The most famous bearer of it was the character May Welland in Edith Wharton’s classic The Age of Innocence.

I love the baby name Molly picked—I think Scarlett May has plenty of spunk and personality. And I think it pairs perfectly with the name they gave her big brother, Brooks.

What do you think of the name Molly Sims picked? Would you consider Scarlett for your own daughter?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. (You could find your question answered here!) And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

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Nate Berkus Is a Dad! Get the Scoop on His Baby’s Name

It’s a girl for TV home designer (and American Home Builders star) Nate Berkus and his husband Jeremiah Brent. And they gave their baby girl, born via surrogate on Monday, a wonderfully fresh and cheerful baby name: Poppy.

Poppy has long been a British baby name favorite (it’s number 12 on their charts), but it hasn’t ranked in the top 1000—ever—here in the U.S. It’s become a bit of a celebrity darling, though, with stars like Anthony Edwards, Jessica Capshaw, Jamie Oliver, and Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer choosing it for their daughters. (Not to mention actress Poppy Montgomery!) So we shouldn’t be too surprised if the name starts to show up in the top 1000 in the next year or two.

There’s no word yet on what middle name the pair picked for their little one. I like Poppy with something a little soft and sweet in the middle: the classic Elizabeth or Juliet, the classic middles Leigh or May, or the fun and funky Lark or Belle.

Poppy’s long been one of my favorite (and criminally underused) floral names. If you like the idea but aren’t a big fan of Poppy, you could consider Iris, Dahlia, and Magnolia as alternatives.

Tell us: Is Poppy ready to hit the big time here in the U.S.? What’s your favorite floral baby name?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names!


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