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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.)
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Sunday, November 17th, 2013
You just need to say the words “Bat Kid” to me this week to bring me to tears. Just trying to explain it to my husband left me bawling, and I managed to even get him to tear up just by showing him some awesome images of 5-year-old Miles Scott, AKA “Batkid.” If you didn’t get a chance to see this amazing story, Miles spent a day last week saving San Francisco (AKA Gotham City) from the Penguin and the Riddler, as part of his Make a Wish event after battling leukemia. And he drew not only a crowd of thousands throughout San Francisco, but celebrities and even the President, who all celebrated his big day with him.
Miles really seems apropos for a young boy who has had such a challenging journey so far in his life—and it kind of sounds like a superhero name, doesn’t it? (Think Bruce Wayne, Tony Stark, Clark Kent, Miles Scott). But the name Miles actually has a different meaning than you might imagine—it means generous and giving. It’s the 111th most popular name in the U.S., currently at the highest point in popularity over the past 130 years. In addition to Batkid, there are other famous Miles out there—like jazz great Miles Davis and Myles Standish, a leader of the Plymouth Colony.
Miles pairs beautifully with longer middle names. I like Miles with Theodore, Felix, and Everett.
What do you think of Miles as a baby name—and what did you think of Batkid’s story? If you’re still looking for a name worthy of your future superhero or super heroine, 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 4th, 2013
Orlando isn’t just a theme park mecca—it can be a great boys’ name, too. Witness Orlando Bloom, of Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings fame. The news of the end of his marriage to model Miranda Kerr helped remind me of how lovely his name is (and how lovely he is, as well).
It’s currently a top 500 baby name, but on a bit of a decline right now. It has a great meaning—famous—and a Shakespearean pedigree, thanks to his beloved play, As You Like It. Author Virginia Woolf also penned a novel titled Orlando.
If you’re picking a name like Orlando, you can’t pair it with something too plain as the middle name (or in the sibling set—Orlando’s sister should be something equally romantic, like Arabella or Lucinda). I’d give a middle name like Rhys or Lucas.
As for nicknames, Landi and Lando are the most common—Lando comes with a bit of a nod to Star Wars as well. I like the idea of Arlo as a nickname—a bit unexpected, with a musical pedigree of its own, thanks to Arlo Guthrie.
What do you think? Is Orlando too exotic, too Disney, or just right? And don’t forget to check out our Baby Name Finder to help you find the perfect name for your baby!
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Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Two celebrity baby boys made their debut this week—first came Mmm-Bopper Zac Hanson’s brand new son, George Abraham Walker Hanson, then came Homeland star Morena Baccarin’s son, Julius.
George is quickly becoming a red-hot celebrity name, thanks in part to the royal baby. It means farmer, and is currently in the top 200 here in the U.S.—expect it to rise when the stats come out for 2013. It’s a royal and presidential name, and there’s a ton of legendary namesakes, from our first President to the famously curious monkey.
Zac Hanson has already said, though, that he’s calling the new baby by his middle name, Abraham—another long-time classic making a comeback. It’s a Biblical name, but one that’s most often associated with President Lincoln. It means father of multitudes.
Walker is a surname/occupational name, and is an up-and-coming name, currently #411 on the U.S. baby name popularity charts.
Morena Baccarin and husband Austin Chick welcomed son Julius a few days ago. Julius is most commonly linked with the famous Roman conqueror, Julius Caesar. The name means “youthful,” and the name is currently on the rise, after dipping into the 500s in the 1990s. It comes with the cool nickname “Jules.”
So, what do you think of the latest batch of celebrity baby names? Anything in the mix that you might consider for your baby?
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