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Would You Name Someone Else’s Baby?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

We all think we have impeccable taste in baby names—so why not take the opportunity to help set the fashion for another baby? Dad Stephen set up the site NameMyDaughter.com to allow people to take a vote on his future daughter’s name. Currently, Amelia’s in first place for the first name—paired with the offbeat middle name All-Spark.

While you’ll find many trendy names in the mix—including Luna, Camille, and Olivia, there are a few head scratchers—like Slagathor (currently in ninth place) and Megatron, in third.

We’ve written about crowdsourcing baby names before, and Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer is perhaps the most famous person who opened her son’s name up for public debate (though there was no word on whether her pick, Macallister, was one that came from the crowd).  But no one’s really been brave enough yet to let crowdsourcing rule. And even Stephen has said that if it’s something like WackyTaco692, that’s not going to fly. I’m waiting for the day that someone really lets the crowd pick their child’s name!

Would you vote for a stranger’s baby name—and have you taken an online poll to name your baby? Would you be willing to let the crowd rule? You can cast a vote for Stephen’s daughter’s name at NameMyDaughter.com, or share your baby name taste with the world with our addictive Baby Name Game. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.

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Would You Name Your Baby After Your Favorite Sports Team?

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

That’s what one couple in Alabama did—they gave their son the creatively spelled moniker Krimson Tyde, after the University of Alabama’s legendary sports program. And apparently, they’re not alone—among the few kids named Crimson (or in this case, Krimson), most are residents of the state of Alabama.

I’m not sure how many mascots lend themselves to baby names, though—and while I like the idea of Crimson as an offbeat baby name, putting it with Tide kind of leaves me cold (it feels like blood in the water, a la D-Day, to me). My two alma maters are on opposite ends of the spectrum, baby name wise. St. Bonaventure’s Bonnies are a no-brainer (the lovely Scottish name Bonnie was a top name in the 1940s-1950s). But the Syracuse Orangemen? Well, I don’t see Syracuse or Orange exactly lighting up the baby name charts.

Some people opt to name a child after a sports hero, but with so many pro athletes facing scandals, that’s a bit of a gamble—disgraced bicycling athlete Lance Armstrong, for instance, helped his name spike in popularity after his Tour wins—but Lance is on a sharp decline now that he’s admitted to doping.

What do you think—does Crimson Tide (or Krimson Tyde) make a good baby name? Did you pick an athlete or a sports team to inspire your own child’s baby name?

If your alma mater doesn’t have a good baby name option, consider checking out our Baby Name Finder for some great baby name inspiration. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.

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Baby Name Dilemma: Honoring Your Mom

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

A reader is trying to help a friend with a not-so-easy baby name challenge:

My friend would like to name her baby girl after her deceased mother, but her mom hated her name. She is looking for a variation but we have had no luck helping her brainstorm. Her mother’s name was Ernestine, no middle name. Any suggestions?

I can understand not wanting to pick Ernestine itself—it’s still plagued with a bit of a clunky vibe, and hasn’t been in the top 1000 in nearly 50 years. Its international variations and common nicknames, like Erna and Ernesia, don’t exactly sound as “wow” as your friend would probably like. Plus, since her mom hated her own name, it may not be the best way to honor her mother’s memory.

So here are my suggestions:

1. I could make a case for Nessa or Tessa being nicknames for Ernestine. Nessa is a Scandinavian name that means “headlands,” and Tessa means “to reap.” I think both names seem fresh and modern, and worth a look. Other variants on the name include Tina (which just fell out of vogue earlier this century) and Nettie.

2. Pick a name with a similar meaning to Ernestine. Ernestine is the feminine version of Ernest, which means serious or resolute. Along those same lines are Severine, Wilhelmina and Willa. Willa is a red-hot name, and Wilhelmina may follow suit, too—especially as it’s been picked by a few celebrities recently.

3. Honor her by choosing a name with the same initial, and even the same number of syllables. There are so many wonderful E names—I love Eleanor, Edina, Elena, Ellery, Emmeline, Eveline,  and Everly.

4. Consider making Ernestine the middle name, and picking another name for the first name. That way, her mother is still honored, but her daughter isn’t stuck with a clunky name.

5. Is there a name that her mother wished she had? If your friend knows what her mom’s dream name would have been, that could also be a valid way to honor her mother.

What do you think? Do you have any other suggestions for names that honor Ernestine without actually using it? Share your thoughts in the comments!

And don’t forget to use our Baby Name Finder on your own baby name hunt, or share your baby name dilemmas with me at lamilbrand@gmail.com.

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Cool Name of the Week: Walker

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Our friends over at Nameberry discussed what boys’  names are cool and current—and which ones are verboten. The debate started because there’s a new French movie, What’s in a Name? about the drama associated with that very personal choice—especially if you choose a powder keg name like Adolph.

While Adolph may still be controversial pretty much anywhere on the planet, thanks to Germany’s former leader, I found pick on their list of “daring” boys’ names that I’m kind of loving: Walker.

Walker is an occupational name—like Mason and Tanner—and has a pretty cool pedigree. It’s a middle name for both the Presidents Bush, and a common surname, for everyone from football great Herschel Walker to author Alice Walker to late actor Paul Walker, of The Fast and the Furious franchise. And of course, it was Chuck Norris’s character on Walker, Texas Ranger, and is currently the nickname given to the zombies on the uberpopular Walking Dead series—both of which give the name a little extra dose of cool.

Walker’s currently just outside the top 400 names for boys, making it a name that’s common enough not to provoke a “huh?” response, but will probably ensure that your kiddo’s the only one sporting it in his class. And I can kind of make the case that it’d be a way to pay homage to a Walter in your past, with a fresher and more current name.

Walker seems suited for a one-syllable middle name pairing. Something simple like James, Jett or True works in my book.

What do you think of the name Walker? Are there any other occupational names you like? You can hunt for your own perfect baby name with our Baby Name Finder, or get a little guidance on your particular baby name dilemma by emailing 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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Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
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Weirdest Baby Names of 2013

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Celebs may have picked offbeat monikers like North West and Rainbow Aurora for their kids, but they aren’t the only ones who chose oddly—at least if the survey by Baby Center is to be believed. They’ve come up with their list of the most unusual names of 2013, which included options like Cheese, Hurricane and Panda for boys—and Feline, Fairy and Chevy for girls.

But even among these offbeat choices, there were a few gems that even I would consider for my kids. Blue was among the girls’ choices—and I’m honestly surprised that hasn’t caught on as much, with Beyonce and Jay-Z handing that moniker to their own daughter. I probably wouldn’t put it in the primo slot, but I think Blue makes a lovely middle name. Also among their “offbeat” choices is Trixie, which is an old-school nickname for Beatrice. I’m loving it as part of the whole nickname-as-name trend. And Tulip makes a pretty and unexpected choice of floral name.

The boys’ names included Finch, an interesting tweak on the “Finn” trend—and a bird name. Ripley and Holmes are cool surname names for boys—love the idea of the nickname Ripper for a boy in homage to Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s heroic Watcher Rupert Giles. And while Stetson would seem a little weird for my East Coast crew, I think it’s a pretty awesome name for a young cowboy-to-be.

What’s the weirdest baby name you’ve heard this year? Do any of the offbeat choices sound like something you’d consider?

If you’re still looking for a great name for your son or daughter, check out our Baby Name Finder. You can also catch my picks for the most intriguing pop culture names of the year—and my predictions for the hot names of 2014.

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

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