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Baby Name Fun: What Would Yours Be Today—Or Way Back in 1890?

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The Social Security Administration has been keeping track of baby name trends and statistics since 1890—but now the Internet is providing us with fun ways to entertain ourselves with the data. Take, for example, Time.com’s brand new “Find Out What Your Name Would Be Today” interactive/time suck, where you can type in your name and see what other choices were at exactly the same popularity level for each decade over the past 110 years. For instance, Lisa was the third most popular in the year I was born, so I’d be a Sophia today, a Brittany back in the 1990s, and a Margaret way back in the 1910s.

It’s a fun mid-day diversion, to be sure, but I’m thinking this might be a good way to explore the baby name lists and look for some winners for your own baby, especially if you look at the vintage monikers. For example, If you love Madison but aren’t loving the fact that it’s currently in the top 10, you could be inspired by what was equally popular decades before. Madison’s 1920s equivalent is up-and-comer Evelyn, and in the 1940s, it’s Dorothy. Also on the same popularity level: Florence (1910s), Grace (1890s), Virginia (1930s), and yes, Tiffany (so 1980s!).

Or plug in the grandpa-to-be’s name (we tested a Kenneth born in the 1940s), and you could get a fun way to pay homage, if the moniker in question isn’t one you’d want to utilize. Ken brings up Austin, Jayden, Tyler, George, Albert, and Kenneth again (way back in the 1970s, when all those Ken Juniors were born).

Tell us: Are there any hidden gems at your popularity level? Which one would you pick for your son or daughter?

Check out the latest on the top baby names of the year, and if you’re still hunting for the perfect name, try our Baby Name Finder or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook!

Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name

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Top Baby Names List: What Does It Reveal?

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

For baby name nerds, mid-May’s about more than just Mother’s Day brunch mimosas. It brings the big kahuna baby name list from the Social Security Administration, which parses out what’s hot, and what’s definitely not amongst baby names.

The big news: Sophia’s dropped down to #3, letting Emma regain the throne for the top girls’ name. And on the boys’ side, the reign of the “den” names (Braden, Caden, Jayden, etc.) may finally be over. You can get the full scoop on the top 20 baby names right here!

We’re still parsing through so much of it—especially as they list every variant spelling and baby name mistake, as long as at least five people picked it—but here’s what we’re seeing so far.

Questionable Pop Culture Names Yep, we all love Star Wars and Game of Thrones. But should two of the red-hot risers on the list really be Anakin and Khaleesi? On the plus side, it looks like people are not naming their kids after actual celebrities—the biggest droppers on the baby name list included Miley (which was this year’s biggest loser, falling more than 400 spots), Rihanna, Gwyneth, Channing, and Britney.

Names of Mythic Proportions Baby namers are turning to some old-school mythology for help with naming their kids. Some of the biggest risers include Odin and Freya from Norse mythology, Titan and Ariadne from the ancient Greco-Roman myths.

The Downfall of Creative Spellings The list of baby name losers (the names dropping the fastest) is overcrowded with creatively spelled names, like Kamryn, Kourtney, Xzavier and Addisyn. Maybe people are discovering that variant spellings only bring headaches and don’t actually make your child’s name unique?

A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll Rocker names like Hendrix, Axl and Lennon were all big—and names with plenty of country flair, like Jolene and Stetson also were among the biggest risers.

Keep watching here and on our Baby Names page for more articles and analysis of the 2014 top baby names, as we mine the list for hidden gems, nearly extinct names, and other baby name inspiration. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?

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Get the Scoop on Jill Duggar Dillard’s Baby Name!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Jill Duggar Dillard and husband Derick Dillard didn’t follow in her 19 Kids and Counting family’s “J” baby name footsteps. Her first son, who was born last night, was given the name Israel David!

Israel is a place name, of course, but before it became the name of the Middle Eastern country, it was a common boys’ name that means “he who struggles with God.” In the Old Testament, God gave Jacob that name after he tangled with an angel. It’s been in the top 500 baby names in the U.S. since the 1960s.

David is a timeless pick, and given the family’s devout religious faith, it’s not too surprising that it’s another Biblical name. David means beloved, and has been in the top 50 for the past century and a half. There are numerous namesakes, including the Old Testament king, rock legend David Bowie, and the protagonist of Charles’ Dickens’ classic David Copperfield, just to mention a few.

All in all, Israel David is a name that speaks to their family’s strong religious traditions, and gives them plenty of room to pick lots of other “I” names, if they choose to follow the family tradition of giving all of their kids the same first initial. (I’m loving the idea of Israel coupled with Isadora and Ignatius!)

Tell us: What do you think of the name Israel David? Are either of those picks on your short list?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. (You could find your question answered here!) 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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All About the Boy’s Baby Name Milla Jovovich Picked—for Her Girl!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

It’s a girl for model/actress Milla Jovovich and husband Paul W.S. Anderson—and for their second daughter, they chose to follow the latest celeb trend of giving their daughter a baby name that’s been traditionally used for boys. Joining big sister Ever Gabo is baby sister Dashiel Edon. (And that’s a much better baby name than the one Ever suggested for her little sister—Toilet Bowl!)

Dashiel is a unique spelling for Dashiell, a British take on the French surname de Chiel. It’s been picked by a slew of celebrities for their sons—actors Cate Blanchett and Jason Priestley, and rocker Alice Cooper. It comes with a couple of nicknames, including the stylish Dash and the more staid Shelly. It hasn’t been a top 1000 choice for either boys or girls.

The middle name they chose, Edon, appears to be an alternative spelling of Aidan, though it could also be a variant of the more girly Eden. Depending on which name it originated from, Edon either means little fire or paradise.

It’s definitely not a common choice for a girl—though Dashiel feels a little bit more feminine than some of the other baby names celebs have co-opted (hello, James!). What do you think of it?

And what do you think of the trend of using boys’ names for girls? Are there any boys’ names you think should be “off-limits” to girls? And would you consider following this trend with your own child?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. (You could find your question answered here!) 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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Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

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Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively’s Baby Name Is Revealed!—Finally!

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Ryan Reynolds ended a few months’ worth of hemming and hawing (and some incorrect speculation about the name) today by finally revealing the name of his daughter with fellow actor Blake Lively. It’s not Violet, as was previously rumored, nor is it “Butternut Summersquash,” as he joked on the show. Instead, he picked the hot boys’ baby name crossover du jour for the celebrity set: James!

James is a top 10 mainstay for boys, and means “supplanter.” But a recent spate of celebrities have picked it in the middle spot for their daughters, including actor James Marsden (Mary James), actresses Jessica Capshaw (Poppy James) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (Autumn James), and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder (Olivia James). But Ryan and Blake are among the first to put it in the front spot.

There’s been no word on what middle name they picked to go with James—I’d probably swing in a more feminine direction, in case my daughter wasn’t loving James as a name. I’d go with something longer and multisyllable—my suggestions would include Elizabeth, Evangeline, Aurelia, Juliet (if they like alliteration), or Azalea, if they’re looking for something nature themed.

Tell us: Would you consider James for a girl? And are there any other uberclassic boys’ names that might be worthy of crossover? (I might even make the case for something like William—though I prefer Willa if you’re going in that direction!) And what middle name do you think Blake and Ryan picked for their daughter?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, 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!

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

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