It’s a girl for Noah Wyle and his wife, Sara Wells, who welcomed daughter Frances Harper early last week. She joins her big brother and sister, Owen and Auden. (Loving this sibling set of names, aren’t you?)
Frances is the female version of the classic Francis, and it means “free man.” It’s currently on a bit of an uptick, thanks in part to Pope Francis I. It’s currently in the top 700 baby names for girls.
And Harper, the middle name, is a far more popular name—it’s currently #11 for girls. It has a lovely meaning, harp player, and has been popular with celebrities: David and Victoria Beckham picked it for their daughter, as did Neil Patrick Harris, Eddie Vedder and Jenna Fischer. (It’s also associated with the author Harper Lee, who created the classic To Kill a Mockingbird.
In all, Frances Harper is a lovely baby name that’s just a little bit on the unisex side—and a perfect fit with the names of her siblings.
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Jennifer Love Hewitt seems to have a baby name plan—and it involves giving her kids the same monograms (and the same middle name). She and husband Brian Hallisay just welcomed a son, Atticus James, who joins big sister Autumn James.
Atticus has been an up-and-comer baby name recently. It’s risen more than 600 spots in the past decade, and now sits at #370. The moniker’s biggest claims to fame were a Greek philosopher and the upstanding lawyer father Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s beloved classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. A string of celebrity siblings (Summer Phoenix, Casey Affleck, Daniel Baldwin) all picked it for their kids, and it recently popped up on Downton Abbey as well, which won’t hurt its popularity!
James is, of course, a true classic. It’s a perennial top 20 name for boys that means “supplanter,” and appeared on countless famous folks, from royalty and presidents to Biblical figures and authors. Recently, it’s been popping up as a name for girls as well (Jennifer Love Hewitt was one of the trendsetters in this regard with her daughter Autumn James).
This name is a real winner: A lovely classic with wonderful history behind it, and part of a baby-name theme that’s being utilized without being too matchy-matchy (no Ann and Andy!).
What do you think of Jennifer Love Hewitt’s baby name pick? Is it one you’d consider for your son?
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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are grandparents again! And this time, Lisa and Jack Osbourne picked a nickname baby name that’s been far more common for boys for their baby girl. Joining big sister Pearl Clementine is Andy Rose.
Andy can be short for Andrea, certainly, as it was used in the book The Devil Wears Prada. But it’s a far more common nickname for Andrew, a Greek name that means strong and manly. (In fact, Andy ranked at #281 for boys, while Andrew was #22—contrast that with Andrea at #125, and Andy, which didn’t rank for girls.)
Rose is, of course, one of the most popular floral names in the U.S., currently at #124 in the first slot, but likely much more popular in the middle. It lends a nice feminine touch to the more masculine Andy, and fits beautifully with the two word names they picked for their older daughter.
Jack Osbourne’s name choice here is right on trend for celebrity baby names. It’s a boys’ name for a girl, like Maxwell (Jessica Simpson’s daughter), Wyatt (Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s daughter) and James (daughter of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds) and it’s also a nickname name, like Gus (picked by numerous celebrities of late) and Frankie (another boys’ nickname name for Drew Barrymore’s daughter).
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In all, it’s a very sweet baby name choice—just a little offbeat, but still not too wild, especially for the celebrity set. Tell us what you think, though! And would you consider following one of these trends for your son or daughter?
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Two A-list stars recently welcomed boys—and picked two very intriguing names for their brand new sons. First, Empire actor Terrence Howard announced that he welcomed a son in May with his wife Miranda, named Qirin Love. Then Alec and Hilaria Baldwin announced their son’s birth and his name, Rafael Thomas.
According to their baby announcement, Terrence and Miranda created the name Qirin based on a Chinese mythological creature called a qilin, a hooved and antlered animal that is often aflame and appears when a person of prominence is born or dies. (No word on whether they’ll pronounce the Q more like the “k” of Western usage, or the “ch” in the Chinese pronunciation.) Love is, of course, a word name, which is usually used for girls. Qirin joins a host of siblings bearing unique names: Heaven, Hunter, and Aubrey, all from Terrence’s first marriage.
Alec and Hilaria went for more standard names. Rafael is a Spanish variant of Raphael, the name of the patron saint of travelers and one of the great artists of the Renaissance. And Thomas is one of the most timeless names out there, with an apostle and a slew of famous bearers of the name to recommend it. Rafael has two big sisters: Carmen Gabriela and Ireland. (Ireland is Alec’s daughter with actress Kim Basinger.)
Tell us: What do you think of this pair of baby names? Would you be more likely to pick a name like Qirin or like Rafael?
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Just like fashions, baby names get recycled—and this year’s popular baby name list from the Social Security Administration shows that there’s still plenty of life left in some names that may have felt too dated just a few years ago. We’re talking names like Penny and Clark, that may feel a little more at home on Mad Men than the current century. Maybe one of these old-school turned new-school favorites would be worth considering for your kids?
Old Fashioned Baby Names for Boys
Clyde was the biggest mover amongst the old-fashioned set. It jumped 192 spots, and has a little bit of an old-timey gangster vibe, thanks to famous duo Bonnie and Clyde. (In fact, Bonnie jumped nearly the same amount of points in popularity!)
• Already popular in England, Alfred offers two cute nicknames, Alfie and Freddie—which may be why it moved up 160 spots.
• Would you believe that old-man name Harvey moved up more than 120 spots to now sit in the top 500?
• Maybe there’s some Sesame Street nostalgia going around: Gordon jumped 94 spots, and Ernest moved up 53.
• Amos appears to be making a comeback, too. It jumped 81 spots.
• Superman’s alter ego is having a good year—Clark jumped 75 spots, into the top 400.
• Lionel could be a lesser known route to the nickname Leo—and it moved up 74 spots this year.
• Warren is continuing its long, slow rise to the top—it’s up another 46 places this year.
Old Fashioned Baby Names for Girls
• Baby names with a little bit of a down-home vibe are racing up the charts. Rosalyn moved up 246 spots, and country classic Jolene moved 204 places.
• Margaret alternatives have become red hot: Witness the rise of Margot (up 200 places) and Marjorie (up 191). (The Marjorie move could be related to the Game of Thrones character Margaery Tyrell.)
• As mentioned before, Bonnie jumped 193 spots, alongside her fellow gangster Clyde and fun Penelope nickname Penny (up 186).
• Clementine is one of my favorite baby names—and apparently, it struck a lot of other parents’ fancies, too, as it jumped 142 spots.
• There’s a whole crop of grandma names that have made their way into the top 1000 of late—we’re talking Myra (up 135 spots), Dorothy (up 76), Martha (up 67) and Vera (up 54).
• Edith’s on a big rise in popularity, up another 89 points this year. But I wonder if that will cool off after Downton Abbey airs its last episode.
• Names in the news definitely have a play in the baby names of choice. Thanks to celebs Lena Headey and Lena Dunham, the short and sweet name has jumped 53 places this year. And it’s no coincidence that Frances has been making huge strides (up 91 this year) since Pope Francis was installed in the Vatican.
• “C” and “E” are popular initials overall, with names like Emma, Evelyn, Chloe, and Charlotte near the top of the list. But some other old-fashioned picks are trending—Colette, Elaine, Estelle, and Cindy, all up more than 70 places this year.
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Tell us: Did you pick an old-fashioned name for your baby? Or do you prefer more modern options like Paisley, Madison, Axl and Hendrix—all also on the rise this year. For more on baby names, 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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