It’s a girl for former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Mark Mezvinsky. That makes former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State (and potential 2016 contender) Hillary Clinton officially grandparents! And the name picked for this little girl? The lovely and classic Charlotte!
Charlotte is a French feminization of Charles, and shares its meaning of free man. It’s been on the rise for a while, and is now just outside the top 10, at #11. It’s a classic name that’s been used for numerous famous folks European royalty, author Charlotte Bronte, and the character Charlotte York on Sex and the City.
The middle name is mom’s famous surname, Clinton.
What do you think of Charlotte as a baby name pick? Too popular, or just a wonderful classic?
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Talk about waiting until the last minute! Reader Kaleen emailed me last night—and she’s going into labor today! She and her husband still can’t find a great name:
I’m due with our third child, but first girl, tomorrow!!! And yes, there are STILL some definite naming issues between my husband and I. Would love to hear a perfect name….would love to have A name before labor!
Well, I’m not sure if we got in under the wire here for Kaleen (and alas, she didn’t give me much to go on as far as parameters—or where the disagreements lie). So I think I’ll just share a few of my favorite names (beyond the ones that I actually gave my daughters—Katharine and Margaret—which of course, I absolutely adore).
One of my favorite of-the-moment names, Luna, won’t work super well with her last name, Wolfe. (To me, that feels a little too much like a clever character in a werewolf movie.)
But with a short-and-sweet last name, you can go nice and long with the first. A few to consider:
Veronica, which has a great Biblical beginning, plus the cool girl-detective character Veronica Mars to recommend it.
Clementine, an up-and-comer name that has been a celebrity darling over the past year or so.
Fiona, one of my top picks and a former cool name of the week.
Evelyn, a recent celebrity baby name favorite—which feels like an author’s name when paired with Wolfe.
Elizabella, picked by actress Alyssa Milano, a vintage mashup between favorites Elizabeth and Isabella. (Hey, you’ve got the room for all those extra syllables!)
Juliet, because the classic Shakespearean lover never goes out of style.
Eleanor, because she’s one of my favorite figures in British history.
and Clara, because that’s my daughters’ favorite Doctor Who companion.
So what do you think, folks? What other names should Kaleen consider? What are some of your favorites that you’ll never get to use (and might go well with the last name Wolfe)?
If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at email@example.com for a little expert advice. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names!
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Jersey Shore’s “Snooki” Nicole Polizzi and her fiance Jionni LaValle welcomed their second child, and gave her a name with plenty of Italian flair. Joining big brother Lorenzo is Giovanna Marie.
Giovanna is the feminization of the Italian variation of John, Giovanni. It shares its meaning, “God is gracious.” It’s a relatively new addition to the top 1000, having just started charting in the early 1990s, and it’s never made it higher than #635. (It’s currently at 962.)
Marie has long been a favorite in the middle spot. It’s a variant on Mary, and shares its meaning—bitter. Marie is solidly in the top 600 range currently, though on a general downward trend.
Looks like I didn’t guess correctly when I took a stab at choosing a name for Snooki’s baby, but I love Giovanna—it’s very pretty.
Tell us: What do you think of Snooki’s pick? Is it a name you’d consider?
If you’re still looking for a name for your daughter, don’t forget to send me your dilemma at firstname.lastname@example.org. (If you want to DIY it, turn to 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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Which celebrity gave their new kiddo the most red-hot name? It turns out Scarlett Johansson picked the winner with her sweetly old-fashioned Rose. There are nearly 400,000 other people in the U.S. bearing the name!
Whitepages.com sussed out the numbers, and not only determined which celeb moms chose the hottest names, but also in which states they found the most people bearing the name. Here’s what they found:
Top 20 Names Shared with 2014 Celebrity Babies
1. Rose (Scarlett Johansson): 399,967; NJ has the most
2. Harper (Jenna Fischer): 172,123; WV has the most
3. Oliver (Ginnifer Goodwin): 156,415; AL has the most
4. Hazel (Emily Blunt): 114,866; MS has the most
5. Frankie (Drew Barrymore): 55,904; MS has the most
6. Summer (Christina Aguilera): 49,770; OK has the most
7. Booker (Thandie Newton): 48,752; MS has the most
8. Otis (Olivia Wilde): 43,862; MS has the most
9. Ava (Stacy Keibler) : 23,404; MS has the most
10. Isabelle (Kerry Washington): 22,564; DC has the most
11. Royal (Lil’ Kim): 20,788; NC has the most
12. Vale (Savannah Guthrie): 1,798; VT has the most
13. River (Kelly Clarkson): 1,499; WY has the most
14. Apollo (Gwen Stefani): 924; HI has the most
15. Lyric (Soleil Moon Frye): 781; WY has the most
16. Jaxon (Kristin Cavallari): 546; ID has the most
17. Alijah (Kendra Wilkinson): 200; VT has the most
18. Meilani (Jenni “JWoww” Farley): 162; HI has the most
19. Bodhi (Megan Fox): 148; ME has the most
20. Elizabella (Alyssa Milano): 7; HI has the most
And who would have thought that traditional Elizabella would be far less popular than more offbeat names like Lyric and Apollo?
What do you think? Which of these celebrity baby names would you consider for your kiddo?
If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, email me at email@example.com—I’m especially looking for a really good dilemma from someone who’s having a baby girl. (You could be featured in an upcoming issue of our sister publication, American Baby!) Want to double check the meaning of your favorite name? Check out our Baby Name Finder for the inside scoop. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on FB to keep up with the very latest in celebrity baby names!
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Megan Hilty’s new daughter has a Smash-ing name! The Broadway star, who was formerly on the show Smash, welcomed daughter Viola Philomena yesterday, with husband, musician Brian Gallagher.
Viola is a fitting name for the daughter of two musically inclined people—it’s a stringed musical instrument, and it’s also the name of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved heroines, from Twelfth Night. Viola hasn’t been in the top 1000 since the early 1970s, but it’s a lovely choice, especially if you’ve been looking for an alternative to the far more popular Violet.
Philomena hasn’t been in the top 1000 since the 1940s, but its profile recently was elevated, thanks to the Oscar-nominated film Philomena. It has a wonderful meaning—lover of strength—and can be shortened to the totally cute Mina. (Chew host—and Dr. Oz daughter—Daphne Oz picked it for her daughter earlier this year.)
It’s a really fantastic name—two very old-fashioned names that are poised for a comeback.
Tell us: Would Viola or Philomena be in consideration if you were having a daughter? If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name for your daughter (or son), send your dilemma to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Or take your hunt into your own hands with our Baby Name Finder.) And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest celebrity baby names.
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