All About Megan Alexander’s Sporty Baby Name Pick

It’s a boy for TV correspondent Megan Alexander and her husband, Brian Cournoyer—and they picked a unique, sporty name for their adorable new son! The Inside Edition and Thursday Night Football correspondent chose the baby name Catcher Brian.

Even though Megan definitely loves sports, baseball wasn’t the inspiration behind the couple’s choice, as she told our sister site Fit Pregnancy. (And no, it wasn’t from the J.D. Salinger classic title Catcher in the Rye, either!) Instead, you can credit the Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger retro comedy Down With Love (in which a suave Ewan played a swinging sixties playboy named Catcher Block) for giving them the baby name idea. It’s definitely not an over-used pick—only 13 boys were given the name last year.

Brian is obviously chosen in homage to Dad. It’s an Irish classic that means strong and virtuous. It held steady in the top 10 back in the 1970s, but hasn’t fallen far in the intervening decades. It’s still at #168 for boys.

This is the couple’s second son, and I think the name Catcher fits nicely with his big brother’s name, Chace.

Tell us: What do you think of Catcher as a baby name pick?

If you’re still looking for a fabulous baby name for your baby-to-be, check out our Baby Name Finder or shoot me an email at lamilbrand@gmail.com to get a little expert guidance. (Your baby name dilemma could appear in this column!) And don’t forget to like In Name Onlyto keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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Ashlee Simpson’s Baby Name: Get the Details!

Ashlee Simpson gave her first son the infamous baby name Bronx Mowgli (a favorite on many “crazy celebrity baby name” lists), so we were anticipating a pick that’s equally offbeat when she was expecting her brand new daughter. (I suggested Brooklyn Mulan!) But Simpson and her husband Evan Ross went in a slightly different direction when they picked their daughter’s name: Jagger Snow.

Jagger has become a rocker name du jour, but it tends to be used more often as a boys’ name. It pays homage to Rolling Stones’ legendary frontman Mick Jagger, of course, and a slew of celebs have picked it for their sons, whether in the middle or first place. Only Soleil Moon Frye used it for a girl. It’s currently just outside the top 700 names for boys and it’s currently relatively steady in the 700s.

Snow has become a hot word middle name—perhaps in homage to fan favorite character Jon Snow on Game of Thrones? In any case, it has a wonderful wintry vibe to it (even if this baby was born in the heat of July!).

Related: The Year’s Biggest Baby Name Trends

So what do you think, guys? Is Jagger Snow a baby name you’d pick? And would you give that name to a girl or a boy?

If you’re still looking for a fabulous baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or shoot me an email at lamilbrand@gmail.com to get a little expert guidance. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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Why a Pop Culture Baby Name Can Be Risky

If you follow baby names (or have new parent friends), odds are you know that Atticus has become a popular baby name in the past decade. It rose from the 900s on the Social Security Administration’s list of top baby names in 2004 to number 370 last year. And you can chalk almost all of that popularity up to the beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird, and the idealistic and loving father figure, Atticus Finch.

So the recent publication of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, which features an adult Scout dealing with the fact that her father Atticus was a segregationist and racist, likely has some who picked that name based on the character in a tizzy—including one Colorado couple who took the extreme step of changing their 14-month-old son’s name from Atticus to Lucas, because, “when the new book came out, we just felt like, this does not at all encompass the values that we want for our son to have and know,” they told People.com. And, in fact, the second I heard about the way Atticus is portrayed in this new book, even though Go Set a Watchman is just an early and rough draft written before Lee’s masterpiece, I knew that would likely be the death knell of this name. I fully expect to see it drop back into obscurity over the next few years.

Related: 6 Steps to the Perfect Baby Name

But that leads to a bigger question: Should parents think twice about naming their baby after a pop culture character—especially if there’s a possibility that something could change your opinion of that character down the line? To be honest, Atticus seemed like a safe bet , but what about all those parents naming their kids Khaleesi and Arya after Game of Thrones? Or Luke after Star Wars? Their stories are still being told, and their fates are uncertain. Will you still love the name Arya as much if she continues down the path toward becoming a cold-blooded killer? And what if Luke turns to the dark side in the Star Wars installment due out this December?

I think before you pick a baby name based on a character you love, you do need to consider whether that character could be altered in a way that makes that name unpalatable. It’s pretty safe to say that Disney suddenly won’t make a movie that makes Princess Tiana evil, but what if J.K. Rowling decided to do a Harry Potter sequel that portrays a grownup Hermione as a power-hungry dark witch? If that would impact whether you choose the name for your child, you may want to second guess your decision in the first place.

There’s definitely room out there for pop culture baby names. And in most cases, even with characters who are still in play, you can see how their story arc will likely play out. But you need to keep in mind that the creators of some of your favorite characters could pull a fast one on you—and if that will impact your choice of baby name, it’s best to keep looking.

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.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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Jaime King’s Baby Name Pick: Get the Scoop!

Actress Jaime King and husband Kyle Newman welcomed their second son (Taylor Swift’s godson!) earlier this week—and shared the news via  this awesome breastfeeding birth announcement pic—but they kept us all waiting a few days before announcing their baby name. Now we know: Joining big brother James Knight is Leo Thames!

Leo has become a pretty hot baby name pick for boys since the turn of the 21st century—so maybe we can chalk that up to actor Leo DiCaprio, or to the fact that actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz also chose it for their son? It comes from the Latin word for lion, and it’s currently sitting at #97 on the popularity charts.

Related: Jaime King’s Best Pregnancy Advice!

A spokesperson said that Jaime and Kyle decided to use Thames in the middle in honor of the legendary river in London, which holds special meaning for the family—Jaime and Kyle were married near it. I think it’s a lovely choice, and a nice reminder that you can pick a middle name with special and sentimental meaning to you, even if it’s a bit offbeat.

Related: Middle Names: 8 Ways to Pick a Great One

All in all, I think it’s a winning combination, and one that nicely complements the name they picked for big brother James.

Tell us: What do you think of Jaime and Kyle’s baby name choice? Is Leo on your short list? And did you pick a name with special meaning to you for your son or daughter?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.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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Baby Name Advice: Changing the Name After Adoption

Reader Betsy is excited about her new daughter—but wants to welcome her to the family with a new baby name.

Help! We are adopting a baby girl from foster care and want to change her name. We are considering keeping either her middle or first name, to be used as a middle name. Her current name is Ariel Beauty. I know, she sounds like a Disney character. Can you offer any ideas? We are stumped!

Great question! There are lots of schools of thought about whether to change your child’s name after you adopt him or her. Some people keep their child’s original name, while others keep part of the name or change the name entirely. When we adopted our daughters, we opted to keep their original names as their middle names. That might be a good choice in this scenario—especially as Ariel is the stronger name of the two. (Ariel has ties to Shakespeare in addition to Disney!)

As far as the first name, what about picking a name that means beauty to pay homage to her original middle name? Belle/Bella usually means beautiful, but it sounds a little strange with Ariel. I would consider one of the following names that also mean lovely: Astrid, Rosalind, Jolie, Calista, or Mirabel.

Another option? Consider giving her a name that has special meaning to your family—the name of a grandparent or other special relative. (My daughters were named after a special aunt and great-grandmother.) You could always name her Elizabeth after you, and give her a different nickname, like Eliza or Ellie. That’s a way to help welcome her into her new family.

Readers, what other suggestions do you have for Betsy? What name would you pick?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.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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