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The Most Buzzed About Baby Names of 2014 (So Far)…

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

So, our friends over at Nameberry crunched their numbers as to what names topped their searches and views for the first half of 2014, and it’s clear that baby namers are looking for something fresh in their baby name choices.

Topping the searches were Imogen for girls, a popular British name that has Shakespearean roots and has never broken the top 1000 for girls, and Asher for boys, an Old Testament name that’s expected to surge into the top 100 this year.

And many of the other names on their list aren’t currently top 10 contenders—but are lovely, wearable names for those looking for something more offbeat. I’m loving Cora, Adelaide, and Eleanor on the girls’ list, and Jude, Emmett, and Archer for boys.

Of course, looking at the names on a baby naming website isn’t the same thing as actually choosing the name as your child, so don’t expect that Khaleesi, which is the 18th most viewed name on the site for girls, will actually be in the top 20 when the Social Security puts out its list next year. But could up-and-comers like Hazel, Soren, Knox and Ruby make rise up on the list of popular names? Absolutely!

Check out the full top 100 baby names here, and let us know which names you’d pick from the list! If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name for your baby, check out our baby naming tool, 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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Cool Name of the Week: Arthur

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

The National Weather Service recycles a series of 21 names for the hurricanes that run amok in the Atlantic every hurricane season. And this year’s first named storm of the year added a little extra excitement to the Fourth of July festivities, as Arthur paid a visit to North Carolina and made for a stormy holiday for much of the East Coast.

But this old-school name may be perfect for a modern-day boy. After a few decades of decline, it seems to be back on its way up to the top of the charts. (It was the 323rd most popular name last year.)

Arthur’s a Celtic name that means “bear,” and is most notable as the legendary king and leader of the Knights of the Round Table. Other famous Arthurs include playwright Arthur Miller, Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle, and of course, Happy Days’ legendary Arthur Fonzarelli (aka “the Fonz”).

I’d pair Arthur with Nathaniel, James, Thaddeus or Gray.

Tell me: What do you think of Arthur? Is it a name you’d consider for your son?

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Baby Name Dilemma: What Goes With Cassidy?

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Boys’ names always seem to be much more challenging for parents-to-be—especially when there are already sibling names to consider. Reader Emily is having a hard time finding a name for her daughter Cassidy’s new baby brother:

My husband and I are expecting a boy in August. We have a 20 month old daughter named Cassidy. We almost came to blows trying to find the perfect blend of not too common, but not too off-the-wall, for her name. For our son, we are having even more difficulty trying to follow this path we set for ourselves. One of the biggest concerns (for me, at least) is our last name is Head (bleck!), so we have to find something that doesn’t sound ridiculous. We also don’t want it to be so common that he will have to be called by his full name in school (I had about 4 Jennifers as friends in elementary school, and STILL call them by their first and last names, out of habit).

We THOUGHT we agreed on Cameron. It met all of our criteria: two or more syllables; good choice of nicknames; and not too common…or so we thought. We’ve met two couples expecting boys, and each are naming their sons Cameron! We are also afraid Cassidy and Cameron are too “cutesy” together.

Any suggestions/thoughts you might have would be MUCH appreciated!

First, let me just say that Cameron and Cassidy are a nice sibling set, and not too cutesy. Cameron appears to be on a big upswing lately, thanks to Modern Family, but hey, if you love the name—you should go for it!

With the surname Head, you do have to be very careful with your name choices. (No word names for you!) You could go for another surname name, like Cassidy and Cameron. Sullivan, Jameson, Donovan and Callahan are up-and-comers that are still not super popular, or consider Finnegan, which has the cool nickname Finn. I do like the “n” ending with Head, and as a nice offset to the “ee” ending of Cassidy. You could also go with names like Declan, Kieran or Brennan, which all sound wonderful with your last name and Cassidy (I particularly like the way Declan matches up with Cassidy sound wise, without mirroring the name too closely).

You could consider some of the “son” names as well: Emerson, Anderson, or Grayson, for example. (I’d skip the uberpopular Mason, which is likely to be even more popular than Cameron is!) I’m a big fan of Emerson as a brother for Cassidy. And of course, there are all the “er/or” names, which are definitely on the rise—names like Sawyer, Jasper and Archer.

Readers: Share your ideas for Cassidy’s little brother! What should they call him?

If you’re still looking for the perfect name for your son or daughter, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the latest in baby names!

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Cool Name of the Week: Gavin

Monday, June 30th, 2014

My sister seems to be really good at picking baby names just before they peak. My oldest nephew, Aidan, was born in 2003, when the correct spelling of this Irish saint’s name hit its pinnacle. (That was before the alternate spelling, Aiden, climbed into the baby name stratosphere.) And the same goes for my younger nephew, who was born nine years ago today and given the recently cool name Gavin. (Happy Birthday, Gavin!)

Gavin’s a Celtic name that means “white hawk,” a fierce meaning that doesn’t seem quite so fitting with my charming and sweet nephew. (We all joke that he’ll get into politics with his charisma and ability to sway you into doing his bidding!) The name’s biggest claims to fame—at least until my nephew makes his run for President—is rocker (and Gwen Stefani husband) Gavin Rossdale, and Love Boat actor Gavin MacLeod. It’s fallen off a little from its peak at #30, and now stands just inside the top 50 baby names. And yes, it makes a nice alternative to some of the “den” names, like his big brother Aidan, Braeden and Jayden.

My sister paired Gavin with a family surname as the middle name, but it’d work beautifully with either a long or short middle name, depending on the length of the last name. James and Alexander work nicely if you like something more traditional, or Chase or Wilder if you don’t.

Tell us: What do you think of the name Gavin? Is it something you’d consider for your son, or is it too popular for your taste? 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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Celebrity Baby Names: Two Survivor Winners Score Their Fourth Daughter

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

It’s a girl—again!–for Survivor winners Rob and Amber Mariano, who welcomed their fourth daughter on June 20th. Joining big sisters Lucia, Carina and Izabetta is Adelina Rose. Adelina is, of course, a variation on the rising name Adeline, which means noble. Adelina was the 619th most popular name last year, while Adeline was #232 and rising fast.

And Rose is a lovely floral name and a common middle name—in fact, the Survivor pair picked it in the middle spot for all of their daughters. Rose is currently ranked 224th when used as a first name, but I’d guess it ranks even higher as a middle name.

In all, a lovely name, and one that fits in perfectly with her sisters’ names.

Tell us: What do you think of Adelina? Would you choose it or the more common Adeline?

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Image: Rob and Amber Mariano courtesy of Rob Mariano/Twitter.com

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