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Ashlee Simpson’s Expecting! Let’s Name Her Next Baby.

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Ashlee Simpson and hubby Evan Ross announced yesterday that they’re expecting. It’ll be a second child for Ashlee, who helped dream up one of the more creative celebrity baby names in recent years for her son, Bronx Mowgli.

So what names would go with something as wild as Bronx Mowgli? Here’s my (admittedly, a little tongue-in-cheek) attempt to pick a name that suits big brother’s. (No tame James or plain Jane here!)

Brooklyn Mulan—Let’s keep going with the New York City borough theme, and bring in another Disney character for the middle. The only downside? If she keeps going with that theme for future kids, Staten Island doesn’t quite roll off the tongue.

Moxie Crimefighter—This has the cool “x” factor like Bronx, and was magician Penn’s pick for his daughter. And it regularly appears in the wacky celebrity baby name slideshows with Bronx Mowgli.

Zaire Dothraki—Another intriguing place name/fictional name combo, this time custom made for a boy (and with a bit of that Game of Thrones cool).

Gus Ransom
—These were two of the more interesting celebrity baby names of the past year. Why not combine them into one singularly special name?

So share—what would you pair with Bronx Mowgli for a perfect sib set? If you’re still looking for a fabulous baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or shoot me an email at lamilbrand@gmail.com to get a little expert guidance. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

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Wildest Celebrity Baby Name Trends of 2014

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Celebrities usually don’t go for those top 10 baby names—and often pick names that the rest of us wouldn’t dare to bestow on our kids. So what was red hot for the A (and B and C) listers in 2014? Take a look at some of the wilder trends in celebrity baby names!

Unusual Boys’ Names, for Girls
Drew Barrymore started the trend by picking short-form Frankie (not the typical girly Frances or Francesca). Then Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis followed up by giving top boys’ name Wyatt to their first born.

The Reign/Rain Effect
Maybe they were weatherman wannabes—or just big fans of the CW’s sexy historical soap Reign—but Rain and Reign were the hot middle names du jour. (And they were often paired with offbeat first names, too). Christina Aguilera went for the poetic Summer Rain, actress Teresa Palmer liked the zen Bodhi Rain, and Lil Kim gave us the Prince-esque Royal Reign.

Godly Choices
Saint became a hot celebrity pick—Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz picked it for his son, while Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl put it in the middle for new daughter Ophelia Saint. And Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale went with old-school Greek god name Apollo for their new baby boy—and paired it with Bowie (as in rock god David Bowie) and Flynn. Even Bodhi falls into this trend, as it’s a term associated with Buddha and his understanding of the nature of things. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green chose it for son Bodhi Ransom (in addition to Teresa Palmer’s pick).

Timely Names
Time-related phrases became popular for celebs. Future was the pick for Ciara and Future’s son, honoring his daddy’s stage name. And Mike Myers gave his daughter the name Sunday Molly (even though she wasn’t born on that day).

Disneyfied Moniker
Maybe actors Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson were hoping that their first daughter would be a good sleeper—they gave her the name Briar Rose, which was Sleeping Beauty’s moniker.

Are any of these trends on your radar for your own baby? If you’re still looking for the perfect name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or send me your dilemma at lamilbrand@gmail.com. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

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Celebrity Baby Names: Hayden Panettiere’s New Daughter

Monday, December 15th, 2014

It’s a girl for Nashville actress Hayden Panettiere and her fiance, boxer Wladimir Klitschko. They welcomed Kaya Evdokia Klitschko last Tuesday.

Kaya is a Native American name that means “elder sister,” and unlike its rhyming cousin, Maya, it’s not been overly popular—it currently sits at #757 in popularity. Its biggest claim to fame is being the name of the American Girl historical Native American doll. It’s also been used by several other celebrities, including model Cindy Crawford.

Evdokia is an old Greek name that means “pleasure and delight.” It’s relatively unheard of here, and I wonder if it has family significance to the couple. (There’s also a 1970s Greek film about a prostitute that bears the name.)

What do you think of Hayden and Wladimir’s name choices? Do you think they’re going to launch a Kaya revolution?

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

Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret

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What’s the Most Common “Christmasy” Baby Name?

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Some baby names seem simply well suited to the holiday season—but which of those is the most popular? According to some WhitePages.com data, Carol reigns supreme. There are more than one million Carols in the U.S., thanks in no small part to its reign in the top 10 names in the 1930s and 1940s. Alas, it hasn’t made such a big impact in the current generation, as it fell out of the top 1000 back in 2006. Interestingly, this used to be a boys’ name, and you may find it on the male side of your family tree a few generations back.

But what other monikers are in the top 10 most popular Christmas-themed baby names? Virginia (as in that famous “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” letter) has nearly 600,000 people with the name, followed by Holly, which has nearly 300,000 people bearing the name. (It’s also one of the ones in the top 10 that’s still relatively popular for girls.) The first purely boys’ name came in the 4th spot: Jesus (usually pronounced hay-SOOS) has been hovering in and out of the top 100 since the 1970s.

Here’s the full list, if you’re intrigued to see your other holiday-themed options!

1. Carol – 1,148,024
2. Virginia – 577,805
3. Holly – 298,910
4. Jesus – 284,001
5. Joy – 214,192
6. Noel – 71,816
7. Rudolph – 47,598
8. Merry – 14,226
9. Bell – 5,047
10. Claus – 1,614

One last fun fact: There is only one Kris Kringle in the U.S.—and he doesn’t live at the North Pole. (Perhaps Santa finally sprung for a summer house?)

Tell us: Did you keep the season in mind when you picked your child’s name? And would you give your winter baby a name like Snow or January?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder to help hook you up with the perfect one. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

Image: Christmas baby by Alexey Losevich/Shutterstock.com

Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name

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Celebrity Baby Names: Tyler Perry’s Son

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Actor/director Tyler Perry and his longtime girlfriend Gelila Bekele welcomed their first son over Thanksgiving weekend. And they gave him a name that has meaning to them: Aman Tyler Perry.

Depending on your source, Aman is either a Hindi boys’ name meaning peace, or a variant spelling of Iman, an Arabic girls’ name meaning faith. Tyler and Gelila appear to adhere to the former, stating that the name was chosen to honor “the true meaning of Thanksgiving and then, of course, the holiday season.”

Tyler, of course, is in honor of Daddy. It’s an occupational name that means “maker of tilers”, and currently a top 100 name for boys, though it’s been used for girls as well.

Tell us: What do you think of Tyler and Gelila’s choices? Would you consider Aman for your son or daughter?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com to get help with a sticky situation. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

Indian Baby Names
Indian Baby Names
Indian Baby Names

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