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Sunday, August 4th, 2013
My dad’s birthday is today, and I’m glad I’ll get to spend it with him—we live far enough apart that we don’t always get to be together on his big day. And so what better name to pick for today’s cool name than his retro-cool name, Kenneth?
Kenneth is an English name with a fab meaning—handsome—and it’s been on a very slow decline. It peaked at #13 on the popularity list in 1939, and it’s currently at #175 on the top 1000 U.S. names.
Ken has quite a bit of pop-culture cred, thanks to Barbie’s perpetual beau, a slew of pop-songsters (we’re talking Kenny Loggins, Kenny Rogers and Kenny Chesney), designer Kenneth Cole, and master thespian Kenneth Branagh.
It’s maybe a little staid and old-fashioned, but I think it deserves a second look, a la Walter.
My dad pairs it with the perpetual classic Thomas, but I’d give it a cooler middle pairing—maybe with Wren, Leo, Knox and Jude.
What do you think of the name Kenneth? Cool enough to dust off or destined for future obscurity?
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Monday, July 22nd, 2013
So the Duchess of Cambridge is (finally!) in labor, and it looks like we won’t get the royal baby’s name until she and Prince William head home with their new prince or princess. But never fear—there’s a whole slew of tools out there that can help you craft the perfect royal name for you or your baby.
USA Today has a tool that gives you your own little bit of pomp and circumstance—enter your initials and sex, and it’ll come back with a fancy little title for you. (Her Highness Magnolia The Mostly Victorious certainly has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Especially when paired with my husband’s title, The Sultan Leopold de la Noche.)
If you still want to get your bets in with the British bookies, check out the Washington Post’s baby name generator, which gives you possible name combos for the royal baby, based on your preferences—boy or girl, tried-and-true classics or long-shot names. (My best bet currently: We’re welcoming Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Victoria. Though as a history buff who loves Eleanor of Aquitaine, I’m always hopeful they’ll do something unexpected like that.)
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Photo: The Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, by Featureflash / Shutterstock.com
Sunday, July 21st, 2013
I was touched by the story of Talia Castellano, a young girl who spent more than six years of her life battling two different kinds of cancer. You may have seen her on Ellen. She adored makeup and hosted her own beauty blog and beauty videos, and she was made an honorary Cover Girl. Talia lost her battle with cancer earlier this week, at the age of 13. (You can read more about her on her Facebook page, where she had more than a half million followers.)
Her name was almost as beautiful as she was. Talia is a shortened version of Natalia, and the name means “gentle dew from heaven.” It’s currently in the top 400 baby names in the U.S. In addition to Talia Castellano, it’s also the name of Talia Shire, the actress who played Rocky’s beloved Adrian, and Michael’s sister Connie in The Godfather saga.
Talia’s middle name was Joy—an apt choice for a girl who seemed to bring so much joy to those who crossed her path. I also love the middle names Hope, Jade, Charlotte and Violet paired with Talia.
What do you think of the name Talia? Is it a baby name you’d consider for your daughter?
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Friday, July 12th, 2013
It’s been a veritable babypalooza in Hollywood this week. First Busy Philipps shared the news of her new arrival Cricket—and now two other celebrity couples welcomed new additions. Actress Ali Landry and husband Alejandro Monteverde welcomed son Valentine Francesco, while Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson and wife Kristin’s new son was given the moniker Maxwell Haze.
Let’s start with the most unusual name: Valentine is the name of the saint that inspired the hearts-and-flowers holiday. It’s a name that means healthy and strong, and it’s a unique choice—it hasn’t been in the top 1000 baby for nearly 65 years. Ali said that the name Francesco was inspired by her recent meeting with the Pope Francis I. It’s the Italian version of the name Francis, which means free man. It hasn’t been a top 1000 favorite since the turn of the century. Ali’s other children have very Italian names—Estela and Marcelo—so Valentine Francesco fits right in the family.
Meanwhile, Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson’s new son has a more popular first name—Maxwell is a well-loved choice to get to that cool “Max” nickname—it’s currently sitting right below the top 100 most popular names. The name means great stream. Haze seems to be their little nod to the offbeat celebrity names. I doubt they’re paying homage to the hazy smog around L.A.—maybe it’s a reference to Jimi Hendrix’s classic “Purple Haze?” Max joins big brother Mason.
What do you think of the latest Hollywood baby names? Are there any in there that might make your list?
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Image: Kevin Richardson by Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
It’s a girl for comedian Tracy Morgan and fiancee Megan Wolliver—and the girl is sporting a very unique name: Maven Sonae.
Maven is a word that means a big fan or expert in a particular topic—and as far as we can tell, she’ll be the first lady to sport that name. It’s similar to several names that are popular—as Nameberry reports, it’s very similar to Maeve and Haven—and names like Mavis and Raven.
I’m not quite sure where Tracy and Megan discovered Sonae. A Google search unearthed a Portuguese retail company that had a scandalous series of fires that at a factory in the UK, and a musician. (I’m leaning more toward the musician as the source of inspiration!) It’s also a word that means “persons” in Latin. Anyone have any other potential sources where they may have discovered the name?
I actually kind of dig the name Maven (it kind of sounds like a lesser-known superhero, doesn’t it?), but I’m not sure if it works with Morgan—it may be a little too close for comfort to the first name.
What do you think of Maven Sonae as a baby’s name? Too offbeat or innovative and cute?
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