Cool Name of the Week: Joffrey

Maybe Joffrey on Game of Thrones isn’t exactly cool—but if you watch Game of Thrones, you’ll probably understand why I picked it as the cool name this week. (And if the episode’s still sitting on your DVR, read no further. There are SPOILERS afoot!)

Weddings don’t seem to end very well on Game of Thrones. There was last year’s infamous Red Wedding, when half of the Stark family met their tragic demise. And last night’s royal wedding ended with the horrific and satisfyingly graphic poisoning of the character you most love to hate, Westeros’s spoiled little boy king Joffrey Baratheon.

But even if Joffrey himself isn’t someone you’d want to emulate, could the name be worthy of your child? Joffrey is the Scottish variation of Jeffrey—and it’s a name that means “pledge of peace,” which means it was hardly fitting for this young man. It’s never been in the top 1000 here in the U.S., though Jeffrey itself has been in the top 250 since the 1940s.

I like pairing Joffrey with short and sweet middle names, like James, Jett, Lee, Thorn, or Scott. (I’m kinda digging the Thorn, as you could end up with the cool J.T. nickname for your boy.)

What do you think? Would you ever consider naming your son a name that’s associated with a pop culture villain, or is it all good guys and heroes for you? You can read more about my Game of Thrones favorite names here, or find the name for your baby with our Baby Name Finder.

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Celebrity Baby Names: Mike Myers’ New Daughter

It’s another unconventional name choice for comedian Mike Myers and his wife, Kelly. They welcomed Sunday Molly on Friday—joining big brother Spike.

She isn’t the first celebrity baby named after what’s apparently everyone’s favorite day of the week—Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s daughter also bears that moniker. Sunday has only charted in the top 1000 once, way back in the 1960s—but maybe this second celebrity name sighting could cause a bump in its popularity.

Molly is a pretty traditional nickname for Mary—it dates back to the Middle Ages—and so it bears the same meaning, bitter. But it’s a lovely name that’s proven very popular—it’s been flitting in and out of the top 100 since the 1980s.

All in all, it’s offbeat, but not off-putting choice—so it shouldn’t freak out most of the baby name traditionalists. The cadence, however, is a bit strange with the triple play of two-syllable names. I would have probably picked a shorter or longer middle name to mix it up a little—I’m liking Sunday Maeve Myers or Sunday Faith Myers as an alternative.

What do you think of Sunday Molly? Do either of those names make your short list?

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Is This Game of Thrones Baby Name Really Becoming Popular?

Could Game of Thrones be inspiring a lot of baby namers? I’ve posted about a few of the more wearable names in my Cool Name of the Week series (hello, Arya, Stark and Margaery), and did a whole post about some of the other Game of Thrones names that I thought might not be too out there for standard use—I love Brienne, Sansa and Tyrion, especially.

But apparently, baby namers have their own ideas—as Khaleesi, the royal title of the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, is an up-and-coming name—in fact, 146 girls were named that last year. The royal title was even more popular than regular standard-issue names like Brandy—and even more popular than the character’s actual name. (Only 21 people decided to name their daughters Daenerys last year.)

I guess this falls in with the trend for title baby names—Major was one of the hottest names for boys last year, and names like King, Prince and even Messiah have ranked pretty highly. And I guess Khaleesi could be kind of wearable—you could shorten it to the less exotic Ally or Lee or Callie if you’re feeling like Khaleesi doesn’t make sense for your daughter’s future career as an accountant. But still—Khaleesi was the last name I’d expect to be a big breakout from the show and the book.

What do you think? Is Khaleesi too weird for a baby name? Or is it wearable for a modern baby girl? Did you or someone you know pick a Game of Thrones name for your baby?

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Image: Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen, courtesy of HBO

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Baby Name Dilemma: Find Me a Boys’ Name!

Reader Carlie isn’t quite sure about the boys’ name she loves:

I am due April 13th and having a hard time finding a boys’ name I love. I do not know what I’m having. If it’s a girl her name will be Alana Louise but if it is a boy I’m a little lost. I live in Hawaii and have fallen in love with the name Kainoa, But I am unsure if I want it as a first name or a middle name. I’m looking for a good name to partner it. Please help!

Hope we’re getting this name advice to you before it’s too late! I like the name Kainoa—it has a great meaning, “strength of the sea,” and too cool nicknames, red-hot Kai and Noa. I think it’s a great name, and I’d definitely put it in the first spot. But deciding what to do for the middle name is probably a bit trickier, right? You could go in the direction of a more straightforward middle name, and names like James, Shane, and Zane could fit the bill. You could also go with another nature-themed name, like Bay, Sage, Dune or Ford. If you do want to keep with the Hawaiian names, Tane (the name of a Polynesian sky god), or Tai, a Maori name that means tide, might pair nicely with Kainoa. Or you could always split the name into a first and middle—Kai’s a very popular name, even among people not blessed to live in Hawaii (you lucky dog!), and Noa is a different spelling of the Biblical Noah.

My favorites would be Kainoa James, Kainoa Bay, or Kainoa Tai.

What do you think, readers? What middle names would you suggest with Kainoa? Or would you have put Kainoa in the middle spot?

If you have your own baby name dilemma, share it in the comments, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com. (You can also start your hunt with our Baby Name Finder!) And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the latest in baby names.

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Cool Name of the Week: Arya

Game of Thrones is back with a vengeance—and so was Arya Stark, who decided to get back her weapon from the man who stole it from her. And she definitely took it the hard way.

Arya’s one of the cooler characters in Game of Thrones, a tomboyish girl who has been on the run ever since her father was beheaded. Though she’s been captured several times, she’s still fared far better than the rest of the Stark clan—at least so far. And her coolness probably helps explain why her name’s now on the radar. Thanks to George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, the basis for Game of Thrones, it’s currently nearing the top 400. It’s a Sanskrit name that means “noble.”

Arya needs an equally elegant middle name. I’d pair Arya with Gray, Jane, Claire or Maeve.

What do you think of Arya? Could it be on your short list for your daughter?

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