Celeb Baby Name: Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard’s New Daughter

It’s a girl for Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard—and with an offbeat name that tends more toward dad Dax (a French place name that’s near the bottom of the top 1000 for boys) than mom’s conventional Kristen (currently number 661, after a long run in the top 10 baby names for girls). Their new daughter? Welcome Lincoln Bell Shepard.

Lincoln has Presidential links, thanks to the Great Emancipator himself (perhaps the couple loved the recent flick). But it’s a name that’s almost always been used for boys—and I’ve never seen it mentioned for a girl. It’s currently on an upswing for boys, in the top 200 baby names, and given the recent movie, I don’t expect to see it take a downturn any time soon. Which means that this girly Lincoln may just have a boyfriend with the same name one day.

Lincoln is usually shortened to “Linc,” but for a girl, I’d go with Lin or Callie as a nickname. Or perhaps even Libby—Kristen appears to go by “KB” with her friends, as evidenced by the recent Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign. Maybe they planned the name so little Lincoln can go by her initials as well.

Bell is obviously her mom’s surname, but it’s also been relatively popular for girls—especially in that middle spot.

I love the name if they’d have a son, but I’m not so convinced that Lincoln works for a girl. (Of course, that all depends on what kind of girl she is—and if she’s as funny and sassy as her mom, perhaps it really will work for her.) Still I expected something offbeat and cool from this duo, and they definitely delivered.

What do you think? Does Lincoln work for the ladies? Or is it a boys’ only name? Don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.

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  1. by Marah Monroe

    On March 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I adore it.
    Lots of traditional boys names have been converted over.. and vice versa.
    Like Logan.. or Ashley(which I always heard was originally a boys name, but obviously MUCH more popular for girls.)

    I just got done watching the movie Lincoln when I logged in and before I even clicked on the link I thought I bet they used Lincoln.
    I LOVE IT.

  2. by Cheyenne

    On March 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    I like it. It’s different, but not too out there.

  3. by Amber

    On March 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I love it! It’s different, it’s cute, and it incorporates both her mother and father’s last names. Having a new baby, regardless of the name, is such a wonderful and amazing blessing. I wish them a lifetime of love, happiness, and memories. Congratulations!!!

  4. by Amy

    On March 28, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I like it. I think it is an awesome name anyways and it is cool as a girl’s name.

  5. by JuJu

    On March 28, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    If they were going “historical” they should have just named her LIBERTY BELL SHEPPARD. But Lincoln??? What dumb bells.

  6. by Ecco outlet

    On April 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I don’t think it works for a girl, I know that if you are a celebrity you have to do the weird name thing, but at least make it a girly name..

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