Well played, Maya Rudolph! It took nearly a year for us to find name what the comedian and her husband, director Paul Thomas Anderson, chose for fourth child—or even the fact that she’s a girl! So what name did Maya and Paul pick for baby number four? Joining big siblings Pearl, Lucille and Jack is baby Minnie Ida. (Love their vintage name picks!)
Minnie is generally thought of as a nickname for Minerva, the Roman version of the goddess of wisdom—and the name means wise. Minerva’s current claim to fame is Professor Minerva McGonagall, Harry Potter’s protector at Hogwarts. And Minnie? Well, it’s most commonly associated with the beau of Mickey Mouse. Minnie is one of those vintage names, like Hattie, Sadie and Millie, that’s making a bit of a comeback.
Ida’s a name that I’m always shocked hasn’t taken off, especially in an era when Eve, Ava and Adeline are red hot. It’s an old-school name that means industrious one, and hasn’t been in the top 1000 here in the U.S. since the 1980s.
What do you think of the name Minnie Ida? Would either of those be on your short list?
Note: Thanks to the (many, many, many) readers who noted that Minnie was a family name choice, after Maya’s mother, singer Minnie Riperton—who passed away in 1979. (You may know her biggest hit, “Lovin’ You.”)
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Lots of great dilemmas in my inbox! Reader Lisa has an exciting challenge (and a short timeframe—hope we get this help to you in time):
My husband and I are really stuck for a name for our Baby Boy #3. We used our two “dream” names for our first two sons, Julian and Anthony, and now can’t think of a 3rd name that will fit with all our criteria.
In our case, both our other sons’ names are Latin-based and fit with our last name, a very Italian-sounding Molinaro. So we’d like our third pick to work with our last name as well, however I have huge reservations about making the whole name sound “super-Italian” as I call it. In addition, I’d like the 3rd name to fit with our first two, so for example: Julian, Anthony, and Billy, wouldn’t go together in my opinion. To complicate matters further, I’m a teacher, so I’m turned off of a number of names, and my husband and I just can’t seem to agree. Here’s where an unbiased 3rd party, such as yourself, could be helpful.
Some other “would-be-nice” criteria for the name include:
– also 3 syllables
– is more of a classic name, rather than a hot-right-now name
– doesn’t end in an “O” – i.e – Franco, Juliano, etc.
I’m immediately thinking of the old-school Latin “us” names, which have become so hot lately. Some picks I love: Augustus, Atticus, Darius and Magnus, which are up-and-comers, but not yet everywhere. (I especially love Augustus, which may eventually be on an upswing thanks to the book/movie The Fault in Our Stars, but is currently just inside the top 700.)
There are a couple of names that have a stronger Italian connotation, but I like with your other picks. Have you considered Dante, Dominic or Salvatore?
And finally, a few options that also come from Latin, but don’t end in “us.” I like Francis, Felix, and Maximilian. (Max Molinaro just sounds pretty great to me!)
So help Lisa out: What other names go with Anthony and Julian? Share your favorites in the comments!
If you’re looking for a great name, start your hunt with our Baby Name Finder, and send along your dilemmas to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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This week, two celebs welcomed new babies: Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes and her DJ/producer husband Sunnery James had a daughter named Myllena Mae, who joins big brother Phyllon Joy, while Evanescence singer Amy Lee and husband Josh Hartzler welcomed their first child, a son they named Jack Lion.
Doutzen and Sunnery picked a name that seems to suit their family, as they all sport unique names. Myllena seems to be a unique spelling of Milena, which means love and warmth, and Mae’s a relatively common middle name, considered a shortened version of Margaret.
Amy and Josh went in the other direction, with a popular first name, Jack, which is a nickname for the classic John, and a top 40 name in its own right. The middle name is a bit more unique—only 13 boys were given the name Lion last year. It follows a current celebrity name trendlet of picking animal names for kids (think Alicia Silverstone’s Bear Blu, and Nicole Richie’s son Sparrow).
Tell us: What do you think of their name picks? And is there an animal name you’d consider for your child?
If you’re still loping for the perfect baby name, try our Baby Name Finder, or send your dilemma to email@example.com. 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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This week’s box office was a battle between two potential baby names—and Lucy was the clear winner. The thriller, which stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman who can utilize the entire potential of her brain, outpaced the mythological epic strongman Hercules by a considerable margin.
Lucy is one of those names that never falls out of fashion. It hit its low mark back in the late 1970s, when it was a top 600 name, but it’s currently on another uptick, and the 66th most popular baby name. It means “light,” and in addition to this movie’s brilliant heroine, it has an excellent pedigree: Think comedienne Lucille “I Love Lucy” Ball, Charlie Brown’s bossy buddy Lucy Van Pelt, vampire victim Lucy Westenra from Dracula, and the Beatles’ classic, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.”
If you love Lucy, look for a middle name that’s either short and sweet or longer to pair with it. I’d pair Lucy with Violet, Grace, Rose, Adeline, Clementine, or Juliet.
Tell me: Is Lucy on your baby name short list? And what middle names would you pair with it? Find your perfect baby name with our Baby Name Finder, or search our past cool names of the week for inspiration. You can keep up with the very latest in baby names by liking In Name Only on Facebook.
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It’s a boy for Kelsey Grammer and wife Kayte! Joining Grammer’s four children from previous relationships—Spencer, Greer, Mason, and Jude—and big sister Faith Evangeline Elisa is Kelsey Gabriel Elias, who will go by the name Gabriel.
The elder Kelsey is probably the most famous bearer of the name, but in recent years, this unisex name has gone over to the girl side. (It’s currently about to hit the top 300 names for girls.) I’d love to see more guys bearing it, though!
Gabriel has been a top 25 pick for the past five years, and and has never been out of the top 1000. It’s one of the Biblical archangels—the one given the cool job of announcing Jesus’s birth.
Elias is the Greek version of Elijah, and a whole slew of mathematicians, scientists and inventors have borne the name, including sewing machine inventor Elias Howe. It’s currently just outside the top 100 names here in the U.S.
In all, a lovely name! Tell me: Are there any names here you love? Would you ever give your child a first name you don’t intend for him to use?
If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, try our Baby Name Finder, or feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.
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