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All About Lucy Liu’s Cute Baby Boy Name!

Friday, August 28th, 2015

It’s a boy for Elementary actress Lucy Liu (AKA Dr. Joan Watson), who welcomed a son via surrogate. And I’m loving the name she picked for her brand new baby: Rockwell Lloyd!

Rockwell is a British name that means “rocky spring.” There’s a personal tie for Lucy to that baby name, as it’s the surname of actor Sam Rockwell, one of her Charlie’s Angels costars. Its biggest claim to fame is classic American illustrator Norman Rockwell. And it could come with its own cool set of nicknames: Rock, Rocky, or even Will. It’s never been in the top 1000 in the U.S., so if you’re looking for a unique name that’s not too out there, this is a good choice.

Lloyd is a Welsh name that means “gray,” and after nearly 50 years in the top 100, it started dropping out of popularity in the early 1940s, and dropped out of the top 1000 entirely at the turn of the 21st century. But with other “old man” baby names like Silas, Walter and Vernon coming back into vogue, it could be ready for its second shot at fame.

Related: Middle Names: 8 Ways to Pick the Perfect One for Your Baby

In all, I’m loving the name: It’s strong and unique, yet not too crazy. What do you think of the baby name Lucy picked? Would you consider choosing it for your son?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email me 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.

Image: Twitter/Lucy Liu

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The Top British Baby Names List: Our Favorite Picks!

Friday, August 21st, 2015

The United Kingdom finally released its top baby names list, and Oliver and Amelia still came out on top. (Neither was in the top 10 here in the U.S.—Oliver came in at number 32 and Amelia was number 15.) But surprisingly, we don’t see a lot of crossover between the U.S. and U.K. list. Names like Poppy and Alfie, which don’t even chart in the top 1000 here, are top 20 favorites over there.

Here are some of my favorites from across the pond that haven’t quite become as popular here in the U.S.

Girl Names

Florence You can bet that rock act Florence + the Machine is behind the new popularity of this name, currently number 26 on their list.

Thea This shortened relation to Theodore ranks near number 80 in the U.K., but just hit the top 1000 in the U.S. this year.

Ivy This plant is often associated with faithfulness—and makes a lovely botanical baby name.

Lottie This short form of Charlotte hit the top 100 this year, even before the royal baby name was announced. I’d expect to see it on the rise now.

Eleanor and Harriet This pair of lovely stodgy classics are side-by-side on the U.K.’s list, at numbers 60 and 61—but barely make a ripple here.

Freya The Scandinavian goddess’ name just started ranking here in the U.S. last year, but it’s been a U.K. favorite for some time.


Boy Names

Oscar Oscar holds steady near the top 100 here in the U.S., but it’s a top 10 favorite in the U.K.

George It’s no surprise that George is continuing a big wave of popularity, thanks to the adorable royal big brother—it moved up three spaces to the 7th spot on the baby names list in the U.K.

Ellis This Welsh variant on Elijah debuted in the top 100 on British charts, but it’s still back in the top 500 here.

Arthur Every year I campaign for Arthur, a name with a charming vibe (it means bear), and a regular on the top 100 in the U.K. (It’s only #306 here!)

Teddy and Rory We don’t like nicknamey names very often in the U.S.–Teddy hasn’t charted in the top 1000, and Rory’s just inside the top 500 here, while they’re both top 100 favorites in the U.K.

Tell us: What UK gems do you love?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email me 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.

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Jenna Bush Hager’s Sweet Baby Name: Get the Scoop!

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Jenna Bush Hager and husband Henry Hager welcomed their second daughter yesterday, and continued in their tradition of naming their kids after family members.

Big sister Mila was formally named Margaret Laura after her two grandmothers, while new daughter Poppy Louise was named after her great-grandpa, former President George H.W. Bush.

Before you say, “huh?,” here’s the scoop: When he was a boy, George H.W. went by the nickname Poppy—which probably wasn’t quite the same as the cheerful floral baby name that’s recently been on an upswing in the U.S. It still hasn’t quite broken the top 1000 here, but it’s squarely in the top 20 across the pond, and lots of celebs have been picking it lately, including Nate Berkus, Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin, and Jessica Capshaw.

The middle name, Louise, comes from the baby’s great-grandmothers, which include former First Lady Barbara Bush: Their middle names were Louise and Lewis. Louise means renowned warrior, just like its male counterpart, Louis, and it hasn’t been in the headlines lately — it dropped out of the top 1000 in the early 1990s.

Once again, I’m loving the name they picked, and I’m always a sucker for names with such warm, family connections. (My daughters’ names came from beloved family members, too.)

Tell us: What do you think of the name Jenna and Henry picked? What floral names do you love?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email me 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.

Image: Instagram/jennabhager

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Get the Scoop on Keira Knightley’s Baby Name (Now That We FINALLY Know It!)

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

It took a while, but Keira Knightley has finally revealed the baby name she and husband James Righton picked for their daughter in the current issue of Elle magazine. And the name she kept under wraps? The up-and-coming nickname name Edie.

Edie is commonly considered a short form of Edith, and shares its meaning: prosperous in war. Edith has been on a big uptick over the past few years; it currently ranks in the top 700 here in the U.S., and we can see Edie following in its footsteps, alongside other popular nickname names like Ellie, Evie, Abby, and Millie. Edie’s most popular bearers include Andy Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick and Emmy award-winning actress Edie Falco (of Sopranos and Nurse Jackie fame).

There’s no word on what middle name the couple picked for Edie. I like the idea of James, which has become a celebrity name du jour for girls, with Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds picking it for their daughter, and stars like Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Capshaw, and James Marsden all using it in the middle spot. (And it would pay homage to Dad, too.) It’d also be nice to go with a longer pick, like Clementine, Fiona, or even Keira in honor of Mom.

Tell us: What do you think of Edie? Would you consider it—or its origin name, Edith—for your daughter?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email me atlamilbrand@gmail.com. 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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“Brand” Baby Names: Chanel and 22 Other Top Picks

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Ice-T and Coco are expecting—but they aren’t going to go with another beverage-y name for their baby-to-be. Instead, they’re planning on giving their girl a fashionista-style baby name: Chanel, the high-end brand, whose founder Coco Chanel may well have inspired the mom-to-be’s moniker.

They’re not alone in picking a baby name that has a brand or a product association. Sometimes, it’s likely unintentional—I figure that most of the moms and dads of the Carters, Chases, and Lincolns out there aren’t picking the names in homage to a baby clothes manufacturer, bank, or car company. (And we know Gwyneth Paltrow wasn’t channeling her iPod when she named her daughter Apple.) But there are names that are so closely tied to the brand that it’s likely that brand fans may pick it in homage to their favorites. They generally fall under one of two headings:

Luxury Brands

Chanel definitely falls under this heading, but there are plenty of other popular names that do. Fellow couture fashion line Armani ranks in the top 1000 for both boy baby names and girl baby names, along with classic jewelry house Tiffany. And don’t forget luxury cars: In addition to Lincoln, you’ll find high-end car manufacturers Aston (as in Aston Martin), Bentley, and Mercedes represented. Beyond the top 1000, you’ll find baby names like Dior, Fendi, Cavalli, Lexus, and Cartier.

Rebel Brands

These brands have a bit of swagger to them. They generally fall under two headings—either they have kind of a rocker aesthetic, or they fit that whole cowboy vibe. We’re talking about gun manufacturers like Colt and Remington, both in the top 1000, American car brands like Ford and Chevy, and of course, cowboy hat maker Stetson. On the rocker side, in the top 1000 you’ll find Harley for boys and girls, after the motorcycle manufacturer, and Gibson, the legendary guitar builder. Beyond the top 1000 you’ll find fellow guitar brand Fender, and Winchester and Beretta representing cowboy swagger.

But the question really is: Should you name a baby after something that money can buy? Personally, even though there are plenty of products I like, I wouldn’t name my baby after one of them. (Hello, baby Apple!) And of course, I’d avoid giving your baby a name of a product that could lead to mocking in the future. But it’s a free country, and I’m sure that many of the parents of little L’Oreals and Dasanis would think my daughters’ names are boring and bland. To each his own.

So my question is: Did you (or would you consider) a brand name for your baby? And if you had to, which brand would you pick?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email me 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.

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