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Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
It’s a girl for Jennifer Love Hewitt and her new husband, Brian Hallisay. And the pair gave their brand new daughter a perfectly apropos name for the season—Autumn James.
Autumn is the most popular of the season names, currently at #68 in the U.S. (It’s followed by Summer, Winter, and then finally, Spring, which hasn’t been in the top 1000 for decades.)
And James has become the hot middle name du jour for celebrity daughters—Autumn is the third celebrity daughter who has James in the middle. James was actually a reasonably popular name for girls through much of the last century—it dropped out of the top 1000 back in the 1980s, and it’s been a top 20 name for boys for the past century and a half.
I like the flow of the names together, with the soft ms and ns. What do you think of the name they picked? Do any of the seasonal baby names appeal to you? (I’m digging Winter myself.)
If you’re still looking for the perfect name for your kids, don’t forget to check out our Baby Name Finder—or email me at email@example.com for a little expert advice.
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Sunday, November 24th, 2013
Our friends over at Nameberry have posted their list of Thanksgiving-themed names, including Miles (as in Standish), Priscilla (as in one of the women at the first Thanksgiving meal) and Tom (as in Tom the Turkey). But perhaps my favorite choice out of them is the day-of-the-week name Thursday.
Thursday’s not a very popular baby name—no one even picked it for their child last year. But it’s a real-deal baby name nonetheless.
Thursday was named for the Norse god Thor, the god of thunder. And it makes a pretty cool name for a girl, like the similarly cool Tuesday and Wednesday (as in the creepy-cool Wednesday Addams from the Addams Family).
Thursday’s one of my favorite heroines from recent books—as in Thursday Next from the Bookworld series. She’s a plucky literary detective who sneaks into classic works of great literature and solves crimes, such as the kidnapping of Jane Eyre from out of her novel.
Of course, a fresh and modern name like Thursday requires a fun and funky middle name. I’d pair it with Snow, Rose, or James.
What do you think of the baby name Thursday? Is it something you could consider for your daughter, or are would you like to keep searching with our Baby Name Finder? And don’t forget to keep up with In Name Only on Facebook to get the latest in baby names.
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Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Tomorrow’s the 50th anniversary of one of sci-fi’s most beloved characters—the time-traveling, two-hearted Doctor Who. We’ll be celebrating it big time in our house, with British-y food (including Jelly Babies, if I can find them), and watching the special “Day of the Doctor” show.
The good Doctor’s name still remains under wraps, 50 years later—only his wife apparently knows what it is. But if you do a little trolling amongst the Doctors many companions through the years, you’ll find some cool names that might be worth considering.
Clara Oswald is the Doctor’s current companion, and has a bit of an odd past, having popped up in the series and died a few different times before signing on as a companion. Clara means bright, and is on a big run for the top right now, nearing the top 100 baby names in the U.S.
Rose Tyler is likely my favorite companion, and the first of the modern-era companions. A plucky former shopgirl, she helped the Doctor save the world—a lot. Her pretty floral name has become red hot over the past three years, and is currently at #261 in the U.S.
Sarah-Jane Smith was the Fourth Doctor’s companion (you know, the one with the funky striped scarf). She’s often held up as the most beloved of the Doctor’s companions, and even launched her own spinoff, The Sarah-Jane Chronicles. I’m intrigued by the hyphenated first name, combining two ultraclassic names—the Biblical Sarah, which means princess, and the stately Jane, which means God’s gift.
Amy Pond’s official name is the uberpopular Amelia. This spunky redhead traveled with the 11th Doctor and her future husband—and (spoiler alert!) gave birth to the Doctor’s wife. Amelia means “work.”
Rory Williams was Amy Pond’s true love and mate, who followed his Scottish lass through a very convoluted timeline in the Doctor’s TARDIS. His Irish name means red king, and is currently in the top 500 baby names for boys.
Captain Jack Harkness was one of the coolest characters on the new series—a bit of a smarmy and brash American time traveler, who flirted with anyone who walked. Jack’s a top name in the UK, and in the top 50 here in the U.S., and is a variation of John.
Wilfred Mott is the grandfather of one of the Tenth Doctor’s companions, Donna Noble, and he went on to travel with the Doctor himself. His name, which means “desires peace,” fell out of the top 1000 nearly a half century ago, but this name offers two red-hot nicknames—Will and Freddie—in one.
River Song is the name of the Doctor’s wife, who can travel through time and definitely keep the brilliant Doc on his toes. River is just starting to become popular for girls, but it’s a lovely name (especially combined with Song!).
Tegan Jovanka was one of the longest running companions, traveling with the Fourth and Fifth Doctors. Her name is a modern invention, and has only been in the top 1000 names for 2010 and 2011.
Martha Jones was very nearly a doctor (though a more mundane kind) in her own right—she’s a med student who traveled with the 10th Doctor. Her name means “lady,” and is in the top 800 baby names here in the U.S.
Are you a big fan of Doctor Who? What do you think the Doctor’s name is? And would you pick a companion’s name for your son or daughter? If you’re still looking for a name, don’t forget to check out our Baby Name Finder.
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
It’s often hard to predict which pop culture names will inspire parents to choose them. I would have thought that Barack might have cracked the top 1000 after our 44th president, but no such luck. Only a handful of people have used Katniss or Peeta for their offspring, despite the Hunger Games’ popularity. And there’s really only one Beyonce—that name, created for the singer by her parents, still hasn’t cracked the top 1000.
But another celebrity catapulted her totally made up (and not even official) name into the baby name stratosphere—Miley Cyrus, who was born with the name Destiny Hope. Miley was her nickname because she was so “smiley” as a kid, and it became both her stage name and her alter ego’s name from Hannah Montana, too.
The year after the show Hannah Montana hit the airwaves, the name hit the big time, becoming the 278th most popular name in the country. Its popularity peaked in 2008, and it’s been on a slow and steady decline since then—in 2012, it ranked 335th.
I’m curious to see if it’s going to make a much sharper trajectory into the basement with all of Miley’s latest hijinks—maybe parents don’t want their kids named in honor of someone so controversial. My guess? It probably will take a huge nosedive. For reference, take a look at the trajectory of the name Lindsay (a la Lindsay Lohan), which took a big bump down starting with her first brushes with the law in 2006. And Lindsay is an actual name with a real meaning behind it, so it has that going over Miley’s name.
What do you think? Is Miley destined for a big drop in popularity? Or will parents still like that “smiley” message behind it?
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Monday, November 11th, 2013
I’m sure you’ve probably figured out that I’m a big fan of the zombie apocalypse drama The Walking Dead. I’ve picked several names from the series—like Michonne and Dixon—to highlight some of the coolest characters on the show. And this week’s pick highlights the heart of the little band of survivors left—heroic former veterinarian Hershel Greene.
He’s been risking his life tending to those afflicted during a deadly flu outbreak, trying to save lives with his meager supply of elderberry tea and unwavering optimism—even in the face of odds that’d make me just give up and let a zombie bite me already. And then, of course, he vanquished a set of his former patients turned zombies, all with a missing leg and a remarkable lack of weaponry.
In other words, he kinda rocks. But does he rock enough to bring his name back from obscurity? (It hasn’t seen the top 1000 list since the 1960s.)
Hershel is a Hebrew name that means deer. It reached its peak of popularity in the early 1930s, when it broke through into the top 400 names. (That’d be right around the time when The Walking Dead’s Hershel was born.) Its alternate spelling was used for two other notable people, factual and fictional—NFL great Herschel Walker, and The Simpsons’ Krusty the Clown.
I’d probably pair Hershel with something equally traditional—this isn’t a name that goes with Jett. Try it with James, Frederick, or Theodore.
What do you think of the name Hershel? Still too old-fashioned, or ready for a comeback? And don’t forget to find your own perfect baby name with our Baby Name Finder.
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