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Should You Be Able to Create a Last Name for Your Baby?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

That’s the battle the Sabr family is facing with the state of Tennessee. Parents Kim Sarubbi and Carl Abramson decided to give their kids a name built from parts of theirs: Combining the Sar and the Abr from the beginning of their surnames to make Sabr. Their plan worked out fine for the two kids who were born in California, but apparently, their new son who was born in Tennessee isn’t so lucky: His birth certificate was returned with a big red line through Sabr. And they’re supposed to either pick one of their surnames for their son, give him both surnames—or pay $150 to change his name to whatever they want.

But the couple is opting for none of the above, and intends to take their fight to court, to help prevent this from happening to other name mashers.

(For the record, Tennessee seems to be a very tough place for baby-naming freedom—this is also where a judge denied one mom the right to give her son the name Messiah.)

Personally, I’d just pay the $150 and be done with it. (Or I’d just do what I did, and give my daughters my husband’s last name, and just keep my maiden name. Done!)

But I’m intrigued about what you think: Did you give much thought to which surname you’d give your baby? Did you follow tradition and give your baby his/her father’s surname, give your baby a hyphenated last name, or choose yours? And would you ever consider creating a mashup surname like the Sabrs?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, try our Baby Name Finder, or get personalized advice by emailing your issue 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: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret

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Celebrity Baby Names: Alyssa Milano’s New Daughter

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

It’s a girl for actress Alyssa Milano and husband David Bugliari! Joining big brother Milo is daughter Elizabella Dylan.

Elizabella is a mashup of Eliza (a short form of Elizabeth which means “pledged to God”), and Bella, which means beautiful. It’s never been in the top 1000 (in fact, only 35 girls were given the name last year), but given the popularity of the two names smooshed together in this one name, it’s probably only a matter of time before it hits the limelight.

Dylan is a unisex name that means “son of the sea,” and is currently still more popular for boys than girls (it’s top 500 for girls, but top 30 for boys).

It’s a really intriguing name they picked: Still very timeless and classic, but offbeat enough that they’re guaranteed there’s no other Elizabella in the class. And they have a whole bevy of nicknames to pick from, if they want to go that way: Eliza, Bella, Belle, Liz, and more. Two thumbs up!

Tell us: What do you think of the name Alyssa and David picked for their daughter? Would you consider it for your kiddo?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or send your dilemma to me 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: 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 British Baby Names—Revealed!

Friday, August 15th, 2014

It takes a little longer for the U.K. to release their baby name stats, but we finally have a look at what was hot in 2013 across the pond. And to no one’s surprise, George made a huge surge forward, thanks to a certain young fellow born there last year. (It’s now officially top 10.)

In fact, it looks like interest in royal names surged at the same time—Victoria and Albert, which were both circulated as possibilities for the royal baby, also saw gains this year. But topping the British charts for girls was Amelia for the third year running, and Oliver regained the top spot, pushing Harry down to #3 for boys.

While the U.S. and U.K. charts definitely have some crossover—Olivia, Emily, Ava, Isabella, Jacob, and William are all top 10 in both countries—there are some unique ideas that could be worth emulating.

1. The nickname name. We definitely prefer formality in our names here in the U.S., but the U.K. favors just going with the nickname as the name—especially if you can make it end with that “e” sound. That’s how names like Charlie, Alfie, Sophie and Evie hit the top 20. Elsie is the biggest climber in the UK top 100 for girls, and Teddy for boys. Other hot “e” names in the U.K. included Archie, Rosie, Frankie and Gracie.

2. The undiscovered name. The U.K.’s top 10 includes names that don’t rank anywhere near that in the U.S. Consider Oscar, which jumped 10 places into the #7 spot in the U.K., but is on a bit of a decline and at number 178 in the U.S. On the girls’ side, Poppy hit the top 10 this year after climbing 6 spots, and it isn’t even in the top 1000 in the U.S. Other names to consider that are far lower in popularity here: Arthur, Hugo and Felix for boys, Florence, Zara and Eleanor for girls.

3. The stodgy name. While we have a tendency to be creative in spelling or in making up a new name (hello, Jaden and Nevaeh), the U.K. loves to recycle names—and there are definitely some old-school names in their top 100 that you haven’t seen much of here in the U.S. On the boys’ side, there’s the already mentioned Albert, plus Harvey, Stanley and Frederick; for girls, you’ll find Tilly, Martha, Harriet, and Beatrice.

You can view the whole U.K. top 100 baby names here, and tell us what your favorites are.

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com, and your dilemma could be featured here or in our sister publication, American Baby. (Or check out our Baby Name Finder to do your own searching!) And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

British Baby Names
British Baby Names
British Baby Names

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X-Men Baby Names

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Today, X-Men: Days of Future Past opens, with the story once again focusing on Dr. Charles Xavier and his band of merry mutants, who fight not only against some evil humans who are hellbent on erasing them from the planet, but some fellow mutants who don’t share their kinder, gentler, let’s-all-just-get-along outlook. I’m excited to see this one, which requires time travel to stop whatever massive danger the X-Men find themselves in.

If you’ve been living under a rock and know nothing about them, the X-Men generally go by some pretty funky names, based on their special powers—like Iceman, who can freeze things at will, or Magneto, who can control and warp anything metallic. But if you’re looking for a name in homage to your favorite X-Men character, here are a few that are worth considering.

Xavier is the surname of Charles Francis Xavier (AKA Professor X), the leader of the X-Men, who possesses powers of telepathy and can control the minds of others. (He’s played, at least in future time, by the always awesome Patrick Stewart.) Xavier is the 83rd most popular name in the U.S., and it means “bright.”

Wolverine is probably the most iconic X-Men character, with his adamantium-clad claws that spring out from his fingers. The name he goes by, Logan, has been in the top 20 names in the U.S. since 2006. It’s a Scottish name that means “hollow,” and while it’s generally used for the boys, it’s having some success as a girls’ name, too.

Rogue can steal memories and powers from other people through touch. Her name has been revealed as either Anna or Marie (or Anna Marie), depending on if you follow the comics or the movie. But I like Rogue itself as a word name. It may be a little daring in the first spot, but it would make a really cool middle name.

Mystique is one of the cooler dark-side mutants, with blue skin and the ability to shape shift into anyone. The fact that she’s been played recently by Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t hurt, either. Mystique’s real name is Raven, currently on a bit of an upswing toward the top 500 baby names.

Jean Grey possesses telekinetic, telepathic and empathic powers of incredible strength, surpassing even Professor X. While Jean’s a beautiful, old-school name, it’s dropped off the radar since the early 1990s, and last year only 61 girls sported the name. I’m liking Grey a bit more, as a cool and colorful middle name.

Tell me: Who’s your favorite X-Man? And would you name your kiddo in homage to a pop-culture hero?

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

 

Image: Mystique courtesy of  Marvel & 20th Century Fox

 

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Celebrity Baby Names: Ciara and Future’s Son

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

You knew that a guy who renamed himself Future (formerly known as Nayvadius D. Wilburn) wasn’t going to pick something like John or James for his son. And instead, rapper-producer Future and singer Ciara decided to give their new cutie a name that’s obviously dear to their hearts—Future! And they paired that with the middle name Zahir.

Future is obviously a word name, and one that hasn’t been extremely popular—only six boys were given it last year. It does give you that forward thinking vibe, though. Perhaps we’ll be seeing more Futures in, well, the future?

Zahir is an Arabic name that means “shining.” So maybe this boy has a bright future? (With two talented celebrity parents, that’s not a huge stretch!)

No word yet on what they’re planning to call him—will he go by Future Junior?

In all, it’s certainly not a name I’d pick for one of my kids, but it seems perfect for the baby of two very creative celebrities.

What do you think? Would you consider Future for your kid—or are there any other word names you’d pick instead?

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

Image: Ciara by Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

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