How Kelly Clarkson Nailed 3 Baby Name Trends

Kelly Clarkson and River RoseKelly Clarkson dishes about her daughter’s name in the latest issue of People magazine, explaining how she and hubby Brandon Blackstock settled on River Rose. And while the celeb mama is modest about it, we think she totally rocked the baby-name game. The reason? River Rose exemplifies three of the hottest trends in baby names these days. Here’s why her pick is totally on trend:

She chose a cool unisex name. River works for boys or girls (in fact, actor River Phoenix was the most famous bearer of the name)—but the middle name Rose adds just a little bit of a girly vibe. Kelly joins a long list of celebs who picked baby names that could have worked for a boy or a girl—everyone from Kim Kardashian’s North to Shakira’s son Sasha. (By the way, Kelly told People that she picked River because they live near a river—a nice little personal touch.)

• She honored a family member. I’m a big proponent of choosing baby names that are meaningful to you (both my daughters were named after beloved family members)—and Kelly told People she picked Rose in honor of her mother’s maiden name.

• She added a little alliteration. River Rose flows beautifully because of all those rs, offset by the sharper vs and zs. Alliteration has been popping up here and there, with celebrity baby names like Royal Reign (from Lil Kim), Vernon Vaughn (son of Vince Vaughn) and Bill Hader’s two daughters, Harper and Hannah Hader. Of course, alliteration is one of those baby name trends that tends to be pretty divisive—some people (like Kelly!) love it, and others think it’s way too cutesy.

Tell us: Did your baby name picks follow one of these trends? And what’s your take on alliteration—cool or cutesy?

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!

Photo courtesy of Instagram/KellyClarkson

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Celebrity Baby Name: Liv Tyler’s New Son!

Liv TylerLiv Tyler and her boyfriend David Gardner welcomed a baby boy recently, and now the actress has shared the baby’s name. Joining big brothers Milo and Gray is the intriguingly named Sailor Gene. Sailor is, of course, an occupational baby name with ties to the sea. Sailor has been a more popular baby name for girls, thanks to Christie Brinkley picking it for her daughter a few years back.

Gene is often used as a nickname for Eugene (or Eugenia, in the case of a girl). And it once ruled the charts as a top 75 name back in the 1930s, but interestingly, it started falling out of favor just as movie legend Gene Kelly made his debut in the 1940s. It dropped out of the top 1000 baby names here in the U.S. in the early 1990s, but Oasis rocker Liam Gallagher recently gave it to his son.

In general, I think it’s an intriguing name choice—though I’m not quite sure I’m loving Sailor Gardner as a name combo. However, Sailor does go nicely with Milo and Gray as a sibling set.

What do you think of Sailor as a baby name? Is it taking that occupational name trend a bit too far, or is it a cool alternative to some of the more popular occupational names, like Mason, Taylor and Cooper? And would you give it to a boy or girl?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, try our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

 

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Celebrity Baby Name: Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s Second Daughter

mark paul gosselaar and wife catrionaHow many different ways can you spell the baby name Lachlan? Apparently, plenty.

Saved By the Bell alum Mark-Paul Gosselaar and wife Catriona McGinn picked a variant spelling of this Scottish classic boys’ name, Lachlyn, for their brand new daughter, and paired it with the popular middle name, Hope. Lachlan in all its forms seems to be a popular choice for stylish celeb babies of late—Vince Vaughn picked Lochlyn recently for his daughter.

Lachlan (or in this case, Lachlyn) means from the lake land, and it’s currently just inside the top 1000 baby names for boys here in the U.S, but it’s much more popular in Australia. The variant spelling, Lochlan, ranks slightly higher than Lachlan here in the U.S. (at #938 vs #991), and you could also consider the Irish variant Laughlin as another option.

Hope is a word/virtue baby name that’s been a super popular pick for the middle spot, but is also pretty popular as a first name–it’s regularly been in the top 300 for more than 20 years.

Lachlyn seems like a great baby name match with the rest of her sibling set. She joins big brothers Dekker Edward and Michael Charles and big sister Ava Lorenn.

Tell us: Would you prefer Lachlan (or one of its variant spellings) for a boy or a girl?

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If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder. 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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8 Oscar-Worthy Baby Names

Benedict CumberbatchThis year’s batch of Oscar nominees may have touched off some controversy due to the lack of diversity, but if you’re looking for great baby names, there are more than a few in the pool. Check out my picks for some winning baby name options.

Selma – There’s been a bit of controversy over the fact that Selma, the story of Martin Luther King, Jr., didn’t score any acting or directing nods for its cast and crew—though the film itself was nominated for best picture. It’s a place name with historic significance—and has connections to Selma Blair and Salma Hayek to recommend it.

Felicity – Playing Jane Wilde, wife of brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, in The Theory of Everything earned Felicity Jones her first nomination. If you love names like Faith and Hope and are looking for something that’s a little more off the beaten path, consider this baby name, which means happiness.

Rosamund - Nominated for her wicked turn in Gone Girl, actress Rosamund Pike sports a Rose alternative that’s worth a second look.

Benedict - British star Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be everywhere these days—including in the Oscar nomination pool. Given his current white-hot status, expect a big batch of little Benedicts in the next few years.

KeatonMichael Keaton scores a nomination—and a hit with his surname. It’s become a popular baby name for both boys and girls.

Alejandro – Alejandro G. Iñárritu earned his first Oscar nod for directing The Birdman, and offers baby namers this stellar variant on the classic Alexander.

Morten – Morten Tyldum directed The Imitation Game—but is his name worthy of imitation? I’m kind of digging this alternate spelling that livens up the old-man classic Morton.

Meryl – Perpetual nominee (and multiple winner) Meryl Streep sports a lovely name that means “by the sea.”

Tell us: Are there any names in the mix you might consider for your child? And which movies are you rooting for at the Oscars this year?

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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The Bachelor’s Fave Couple: How Ashley & J.P. Chose a Baby Name

The Bachelor's Ashley and J.P.

Parents had a blast talking with new parents Ashley and J.P. Rosenbaum. They’ve partnered with Puffs to keep moms and dads everywhere happy and healthy, but it’s their joy in each other that is contagious. For those of you part of Bachelor Nation, you probably already know about the unique name the reality stars chose for their little bundle. But what was behind their choice of Fordham Rhys? We’ve got the deets for you!

P: Tell me about your baby’s name.

A: We went through a million names. We were driving through Manhattan one day and we would consider every name we saw on a sign. We passed by Fordham University and I was like I LOVE that. We can call him Ford, it’s a strong name, it’s a power name. Fordham, it’s different. I think it’s cute for a baby and great for an adult. It’s just setting him up for success.

J.P.: It’s hard to name a human being. It’s gotta work through every phase of life. He’s got a be a cute kid with a name, he can’t get made fun of in junior high and high school, and then he’s got to be taken seriously as an adult.

A: Can we tell her what you wanted to name the baby?

J.P.: Nooooo.

A: We’ll never use it.

J.P.: It wasn’t the number-one choice!

A: It was your number-one choice.

J.P.: I liked it. I wasn’t sold on it.

A: Okay, share it.

J.P.: I liked Gage. I thought it was cool. It’s not over.

A: It took me 9 months to convince him to go with Fordham. We call him Fordy and Fordy Cent. It’s just cute.

J.P.: It is cute.

P: Is his middle name, Rhys, a family name?

J.P.: The R is. My mother’s mother, who is deceased, we took the first initial of her name and her Hebrew name and used it in his middle name.

A: We liked the name Rhys though. It was another name we were considering. We liked those two names so we just put them together.

P: This parenting job is forever and whether you have 1 or you have 5, how will you keep your relationship fresh, engaged—

J.P.: GAGE. It’s a sign!

A: NO! No Gage. It’s not happening.

Plus: Read more about Ashley and J.P.’s experience as new parents. And find your perfect name with the Parents Baby Name app!

Ruthie Fierberg is an editorial assistant at Parents. Though she does not have children of her own, she’s practically been raising kids since her first babysitting job at age 11. She is our resident theater aficionado and can be found constantly running around New York City to find the best new show, the most awesome dance party, or the hottest Bikram yoga studio. Follow her on on Twitter @RuthiesATrain.

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Photograph: J.P., Ashley, and Fordham Rosenbaum / Courtesy of The Rosenbaums

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