It’s been a busy week for celebrity births—and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz is the latest star to welcome a child. He and girlfriend Meagan Camper welcomed a son, which they gave the offbeat name Saint Lazslo. (Pete Wentz also has a son named Bronx Mowgli with ex Ashlee Simpson.)
He’s also the second star this week to choose the name Saint—Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl gave the word name to his daughter as her middle name. It hasn’t ever ranked in the top 1000 names.
Lazslo is a different way to spell Laszlo, a Hungarian name that means glorious ruler, and is also relatively offbeat—it’s never been in the top 1000. Its biggest claim to fame is the character Victor Laszlo, the non-Humphrey Bogart guy in the classic movie Casablanca’s love triangle. I’m wondering if there’s someone in their families they’re honoring with this choice.
What do you think of Saint? Do you think it’s the next hot word name—or is it a little too wild for you?
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Two celebs welcomed girls recently: Foo Fighter frontman and Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl welcomed his third daughter with wife Jordyn Blum. Joining big sisters Violet Maye and Harper Willow is daughter Ophelia Saint. (People magazine got the scoop from the obituary for Dave’s father, Jim Grohl, in The Vindicator.) And Carson Daly and fiancee Siri Pinter welcomed their daughter, London Rose, who joins siblings Etta Jones and Jackson James.
Ophelia is most famous as the name of Hamlet’s drowned lady love, but this lovely Greek name, which means “help,” may be ready for a comeback. (It hasn’t been in the top 1000 since the 1950s!) No word on what middle name Dave and Jordyn chose, but I could see it paired with a short and sweet middle, like Leigh, Rose, or June. People may have been nervous about using it in the past because of its association with one of Shakespeare’s most tragic characters, but it’s a wonderfully wearable alternative to some of the uber popular baby names, like Sophia and Fiona.
London is a top 100 baby name, and has been on a sharp rise in popularity since the start of the 21st century, as part of the new interest geographic names. They paired it with popular middle name Rose, one of the red-hot floral names.
What do you think of Carson and Dave’s choices? Which one would you consider for your daughter?
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NBA phenom LeBron James’ daughter hasn’t been born yet, but the basketball star jumped the gun and Tweeted out his daughter’s name over the weekend. LeBron and wife Savannah
will be welcoming daughter Zhuri
very soon. Zhuri appears to be a variant spelling of the name Zuri
, a Swahili word that means good and beautiful. (A pretty auspicious name, if you ask me—and one that reminds me of Tom Cruise and Katie
Holmes’ choice of Suri
for their daughter.
No word on what middle name the pair picked for their third child (and first daughter). I think you’d want to steer clear of the standard Lee, Ann or Jane and go with something interesting like Azalea
(last week’s cool name of the week
, or Giada
Tell us: What middle name would you suggest for LeBron and Savannah? And what do you think of Zhuri?
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It’s a girl for pop diva Christina Aguilera and her fiancé Matt Rutler! And they picked a phrase for her name—Summer Rain. She joins big brother Max Liron. Summer is currently a top 200 baby name (at 188), and among the most popular season names (Autumn is the other red-hot one, at #65).
Rain hasn’t hit the top 1000 yet, and it makes a nice nature-themed middle name.
It seems along the lines of some of the latest celebrity baby names, like Holly Madison’s Rainbow Aurora or Kim Kardashian’s North West.
Tell us: What do you think of Christina’s baby name choice?
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It takes a little longer for the U.K. to release their baby name stats, but we finally have a look at what was hot in 2013 across the pond. And to no one’s surprise, George made a huge surge forward, thanks to a certain young fellow born there last year. (It’s now officially top 10.)
In fact, it looks like interest in royal names surged at the same time—Victoria and Albert, which were both circulated as possibilities for the royal baby, also saw gains this year. But topping the British charts for girls was Amelia for the third year running, and Oliver regained the top spot, pushing Harry down to #3 for boys.
While the U.S. and U.K. charts definitely have some crossover—Olivia, Emily, Ava, Isabella, Jacob, and William are all top 10 in both countries—there are some unique ideas that could be worth emulating.
1. The nickname name. We definitely prefer formality in our names here in the U.S., but the U.K. favors just going with the nickname as the name—especially if you can make it end with that “e” sound. That’s how names like Charlie, Alfie, Sophie and Evie hit the top 20. Elsie is the biggest climber in the UK top 100 for girls, and Teddy for boys. Other hot “e” names in the U.K. included Archie, Rosie, Frankie and Gracie.
2. The undiscovered name. The U.K.’s top 10 includes names that don’t rank anywhere near that in the U.S. Consider Oscar, which jumped 10 places into the #7 spot in the U.K., but is on a bit of a decline and at number 178 in the U.S. On the girls’ side, Poppy hit the top 10 this year after climbing 6 spots, and it isn’t even in the top 1000 in the U.S. Other names to consider that are far lower in popularity here: Arthur, Hugo and Felix for boys, Florence, Zara and Eleanor for girls.
3. The stodgy name. While we have a tendency to be creative in spelling or in making up a new name (hello, Jaden and Nevaeh), the U.K. loves to recycle names—and there are definitely some old-school names in their top 100 that you haven’t seen much of here in the U.S. On the boys’ side, there’s the already mentioned Albert, plus Harvey, Stanley and Frederick; for girls, you’ll find Tilly, Martha, Harriet, and Beatrice.
You can view the whole U.K. top 100 baby names here, and tell us what your favorites are.
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