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Cool Name of the Week: Joffrey

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Maybe Joffrey on Game of Thrones isn’t exactly cool—but if you watch Game of Thrones, you’ll probably understand why I picked it as the cool name this week. (And if the episode’s still sitting on your DVR, read no further. There are SPOILERS afoot!)

Weddings don’t seem to end very well on Game of Thrones. There was last year’s infamous Red Wedding, when half of the Stark family met their tragic demise. And last night’s royal wedding ended with the horrific and satisfyingly graphic poisoning of the character you most love to hate, Westeros’s spoiled little boy king Joffrey Baratheon.

But even if Joffrey himself isn’t someone you’d want to emulate, could the name be worthy of your child? Joffrey is the Scottish variation of Jeffrey—and it’s a name that means “pledge of peace,” which means it was hardly fitting for this young man. It’s never been in the top 1000 here in the U.S., though Jeffrey itself has been in the top 250 since the 1940s.

I like pairing Joffrey with short and sweet middle names, like James, Jett, Lee, Thorn, or Scott. (I’m kinda digging the Thorn, as you could end up with the cool J.T. nickname for your boy.)

What do you think? Would you ever consider naming your son a name that’s associated with a pop culture villain, or is it all good guys and heroes for you? You can read more about my Game of Thrones favorite names here, or find the name for your baby with our Baby Name Finder.

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

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Cool Name of the Week: Emmet

Monday, February 24th, 2014

The Lego Movie has now replaced Frozen as the movie du jour in my house—and apparently in just about every house in the U.S., as the movie has now grossed $183.2 million in the U.S. (And my girls keep singing the anthem “Everything is Awesome!”)

And while some famous characters made their way into the movie (Batman! Gandalf! Harry Potter!), the heart of the story is Emmet Brickowski, a construction worker who may just be the one to overthrow the evil President Business (voiced by Will Farrell).

While the more common spelling, Emmett, is a top 200 name, Emmet hasn’t been out of the top 1000 since the 1930s. It’s a name that means truth, and is Hebrew in origin. (And it’s more common spelling, Emmett, also rose to the top on the heels of Twilight.)

As for middle names with Emmet, I like it with Miles, Beau, Jude or Reed.

What do you think of the name Emmet? Would you pick it for your son?

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How I Met Your Mother: What’s the Mother’s Name?

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

How I Met Your Mother is finally wrapping after 9 years of the exploits of Ted, Barney, Robin, Lily and Marshall—all in the pursuit of Ted’s legen-(wait for it)-DARY true love. And we’ve finally met her—but we still don’t even know her name. In fact, the name is apparently being kept as some sort of state secret—even the actress who plays her, Cristin Milioti, still doesn’t know what her character’s name is. (Or she’s a pretty good liar.)

So what kind of name is worth this kind of wait? Odds are, her name isn’t shared by one of Ted’s cavalcade of exes. So that rules out: Robin, Karen, Victoria, Stella, Zoey, Jeanette, Cathy, Stacey, Natalie, Becky, Naomi, Carly, Mary, Vicky, Holli, Amanda, Jen, Amy, Cindy, Natali, Cassie, Trudy, or Rachel. And I don’t think it’s Lily, either.

I’m going to throw a few names out there. According to the How I Met Your Mother wiki, the Mother was born in 1984, the year when Jessica was poised to start dominating the girls’ names chart for the rest of the decade. Jessica would be a very fair assumption. But I’m thinking that they might go with something a little less “80s”—so no Tiffany or Amber, either. They’d want something timeless and classic. Something that sounds right with Ted.

Here are my guesses:

Lauren (#21 back in 1984)

Katherine/Kate (#30)

Samantha (#39)

Julia (#87)

Caroline (#168)

What do you think the Mother’s name is? Share your guesses in the comments.

And if you’re looking for a fabulous name for your baby (or for the Mother or the character in your Great American Novel), check out our Baby Name Finder for great suggestions.

Image: Courtesy of CBS/How I Met Your Mother

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Cool Name of the Week: Harriet

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

There are some old-fashioned names that may never make a comeback—we’re looking at you, Gertrude and Ethel. But I think Harriet is ready to come back into vogue, nearly 40 years after it left the top 1000.

It’s a beautiful name that means ruler, a British version of the French Henriette. But it’s its pedigree that could make it a pretty wonderful choice. Two of its most famous bearers are Harriet Tubman, a former slave who ran the Underground Railroad and helped dozens of slaves escape to freedom, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, noted abolitionist and author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which documented some of the horrors of slavery. And of course, there’s Harriet the Spy, if you’re into kids lit.

Harriet comes with some cute nicknames—Hattie and Hetty—and yes, even Harry, if you’re feeling daring. And I think it pairs beautifully with middle names like Maeve, Juniper, Pearl and Ruby.

What do you think of the name Harriet? Is it a name you’d like to see make a comeback?

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Downton Abbey Baby Names for Girls

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

On paper, Downton Abbey should be a must watch for me—so I don’t know why I’m coming so late to the game. British + Maggie Smith + drama + history = perfect show in my book. Plus, as a name nerd, there’s lots of names to love on the female side of the cast. (Alas, they stuck with some pretty standard and popular fare for the boys, like Thomas and Robert.)

Granted some names, like Violet and Rose, started on the road to popularity before the show aired. But there are still some names that are under the radar—and they’re names that could fit into the current passion for old-fashioned names. Try these on for size:

Cora is the mother of the three Crawley daughters, an American woman who married into British nobility. Her name means “maiden,” and was already launching a comeback before the show aired—it’s currently the 155th most popular baby name for girls.

Mary was the most popular name for girls for centuries, but in recent decades it’s been on the decline. Maybe Lady Mary Crawley, the eldest daughter in the wealthy family who lords over Downton Abbey, can help restore its luster.

Edith is probably my favorite of the sisters’ names—it means prosperous, and after a sharp decline over the past 50 years, it started climbing back up the charts as soon as the show started airing.

Sybil is the youngest and most modern Crawley daughter, who ends up marrying one of her family’s staff members. Her name means prophetess, and hasn’t been in the top 1000 in decades. Perhaps it’s ready for a comeback now?

Daisy and Ivy are a pair of servants, each with a lovely botanical name. They’re both currently top 200 names in the U.S., and top 100 in England.

Isobel is the Scottish variant spelling of the ever popular Isabella, which means pledged to God. And unlike the #3 name Isabella, Isobel hasn’t been in the top 1000 in nearly a century.

Anna has been a top 100 baby name for over a century—and it’s the name for one of the stalwarts of the Downton Abbey staff. It means grace—and is a perfect choice for the kind and honorable lady’s maid Anna.

What’s your favorite Downton Abbey name? Share it in the comments.

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Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
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