Ali Larter’s Vintage-Glam Baby Name

Actress Ali Larter gave birth to her second child last Thursday, and announced the happy news on her website—along with the ever-important baby name!

We absolutely love her old fashioned, glam-granny name choice: Vivienne Margaret. Vivienne means “alive,” “full of life,” or “vibrant” and is a name (and spelling) that’s rising in popularity: It ranked number 280 on the Social Security Administration’s list of popular baby names in 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available); up from number 531 just five years earlier.

Vivienne is also a popular baby name pick among the celebrity set: Rosie O’Donnell, Angelina Jolie, and Rosie Pope all have daughters named Vivienne. (Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady gave their little girl the name, too, but with a different spelling: Vivian.)

It’s an elegant, glamorous name that fits nicely with the traditional (and longtime favorite of English royals!) Margaret, which means “pearl” and ranks number 181 on the SSA’s popular baby names list. (It’s one our our classic middles names for girls picks, too!)

It also goes nicely with the name of her big brother, 4-year-old Theodore Hayes MacArthur. Clearly, this is a couple that loves a good throwback baby name—and we couldn’t agree more.

Congrats to the new family of four!

Tell us: What do you think of the name Vivienne Margaret—and of vintage baby names in general?

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The Hottest Celebrity Baby Names This Week

It was all about honoring Daddy for two celebs who welcomed new sons recently—and a cool, offbeat baby name for a girl for a third.

Zombie fighter Sonequa Martin-Green from The Walking Dead and her husband Kenric Green kept it in the family with their baby name pick for their son: Kenric Justin Green II, named after Daddy. Kenric seems to be a variant spelling of Kendrick, an English name that means ruler and is currently in the top 350 baby names in the United States. I’m kind of loving Kenric as an updated way to honor a Kenneth (or a Kenneth and a Richard) in your family tree.

Former Bachelor contestant Renee Oteri Maynard finally found love with husband Bracy Maynard, and together they welcomed Jax Bracy, who was given his middle name in homage to Dad. Jax is a brand new name that’s already making a splash—it’s nearing the top 200. Consider it a postmodern Jack.

Finally, singers Vanessa Carlton and James McCauley welcomed daughter Sidney Aoibheann. Sidney has been on a sharp decline, and falls just inside the top 1000 baby names for both boys and girls—it’s been recently overshadowed by the ultrapopular Sydney spelling. Aoibheann may seem like a tongue twister of a baby name, but it’s actually pronounced “Even.” It’s an Irish name that means beautiful sheen.

Tell us: What do you think of this latest batch of celebrity baby name picks? Is there anything you’d consider amongst the names?

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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Advice on Baby Names: How to Honor Family Members

Question markReader Yvonne is looking for baby names for her second daughter. Let’s give her a hand!

I am 17 weeks pregnant with my second girl. I have no idea what I want to name her, besides something that is not on the top rated list! My husband wants the middle name to be in the family but I don’t like any of them—and my husband and my daughter both have very unique names (Jory James and Joryn Marie) and I’d love to continue down that road. My name is Yvonne Yvette. The other family names are Debbie, Mary Lou, Lucy, Olga, Thelma and Marie. And I’m not a fan. The only names we’ve thought of were Sloan and Cora or Kora. Any suggestions would greatly help!

 

I love the idea of honoring family members with the middle name—but you don’t have to use the exact name to honor them. Mary’s siblings could include Marit, Molly, Maribel or Marin. Honor Thelma with a Thea, Debbie with a Devra or Devora, Lucy with Luz, Luca, or Lucinda. Maeve would be a nice combination of Mary and your name, Yvette. And James has been popping up as an unexpected middle name for girls—why not honor Dad?I do like the baby names Sloan and Cora—Cora in particular. I think Cora Maeve or Cora Lucinda would be lovely. If you’re looking for other unique names in the Sloan/Cora vein, consider Jovie, Vienne, Clea, Ione, Lilou (which would honor your Mary Lou), Cerise, Chiara, Oceane, and Sidra.My baby name pick for daughter #2? I’d go with Cora Maeve, Vienne James, or Lilou Eve. Okay readers, share your baby name advice! What other suggestions do you have for Yvonne?

 

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Celebrity Baby Names: Nick and Vanessa Lachey’s New Daughter

Nick and Vanessa Lachey must have mapped out their baby names with an atlas! Joining big brother Camden John is a baby sister with another place name/classic name pairing—Brooklyn Elisabeth.

Brooklyn is a top 30 baby name for girls, and picked based on the hot New York City borough. Victoria and David Beckham picked it for their son way back in 1999, and since then it’s taken off, but mostly for the girls.

Elisabeth, of course, is an alternative spelling of the classic, top-of-the-charts perennial, and shares its meaning, consecrated to God. With this spelling, it’s below the top 600 name picks in the country.

Tell us: What do you think of Nick and Vanessa’s pick? Is it one you’d consider for your daughter or son? And would you/did you choose a theme for your baby names?

If you’re still looking for the perfect 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 for the very latest in baby names!

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2015 Baby Name Trends: What Will Be Hot?

Happy 2015! As always, we like to ring in the New Year on In Name Only with our predictions of what’s going to be hot in baby names for the coming year. So consider these thoughts when you’re picking names for your little one.

The “-lyns” and “-lines” Move over -ellas and -bellas. The hot new ending for girls’ names is -line or -lyn. Some of the biggest movers and shakers of last year fell into this category, and I can see them rising even further in 2015. Names like Adeline, Coraline, Evelyn, and Evangeline should be on the rise as part of this trend.

The “s” ending Boys’ names like Silas, Jonas, Matthias, Magnus, Atlas, Cassius and Otis may be on your radar—the “s” ending is very hot.

Short and sweet Forget those 13+ letter names—you’ll hear a lot more babies with charming, short names. Considering following this trend? Try Gus, Ezra, Beau, or Grey for boys, or Eve, Wren, Mae, or Pearl for girls.

The new florals Top names like Lily and Violet are old hat—you’ll see more exotic blooms amongst this year’s names—Azalea, Dahlia, Magnolia, and Iris are all on our radar.

Pop culture picks Pop culture brought us red hot names like Gus and Hazel (The Fault in Our Stars), Arya (Game of Thrones), Elsa (Frozen) and Bruno (as in singer Bruno Mars). Expect Elsa to continue its meteoric rise, and expect that many parents will find new names to consider amongst the hottest shows, performers, and books. Our pop-culture picks: Cormoran (from J.K. Rowling’s detective series), Dixon (as in Daryl Dixon of the Walking Dead), Anastasia (50 Shades of Grey), Ophelia (Hamlet), and Brienne (Game of Thrones).

Wild words Word names are becoming ever more popular, and celebrities have taken the trend in an even more extreme direction, replacing stalwarts like Deacon and Faith with picks like Reign and Saint. Look for these to make a splash this year, along with Winter, Major, Serenity, Legend, Haven, and Mercy.

Tell us: What names do you think will be popular this year? Are any of these names on your short list? If you’re still looking for the perfect 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 for the very latest in baby names!

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