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Red-Hot New Celebrity Baby Name: Gus?

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Could celebrities be channeling The Fault in Our Stars in their choice of baby names? Two actresses in less than a month chose the name Gus (a common nickname for Augustus, the male half of the book’s star-crossed lovers) for their sons. First, actress Ashley Williams (famous for her role in How I Met Your Mother) bestowed it on her son, pairing it with her surname in the middle spot. And this week, actress Poppy Montgomery named her third child Gus. Gus Monroe, actually, which is a pretty fab pair of names.

Gus could be part of the renaissance of some of those old-school vintage names—names like Evelyn, Clara and Adeline for girls, Alfred, Walter and Arthur for boys. Could that mean that we may find some more of those not-so-golden oldies making a move back toward the top? Maybe names like Wilfred, Harry and Stanley for boys, Helen, Winifred, and Mildred for girls will start moving back up the charts.

Tell us: Which old lady and old guy names do you think should be making a comeback? And do you think that these celebs are giving Gus another shot at popularity?

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Jewish Baby Names
Jewish Baby Names
Jewish Baby Names

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Celebrity Baby Names: Daughters for Robert Downey Jr. and for Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Two celebrity couples are thinking pink this week. Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan, a film producer, welcomed their second child together, a girl with the given name of Avri Roel. And actors Hayden Christensen (best known, at least in my family, as Anakin Skywalker from the Star Wars prequel trilogy) and Rachel Bilson (currently in Hart of Dixie) welcomed their first daughter, and gave her a fairy-tale name. Literally. They named their daughter Briar Rose, as in the nickname for Sleeping Beauty.

Avri is a creative spelling of the popular Avery, and shares its fun meaning—ruler of the elves. The couple announced that Roel was chosen to honor family members: Ro in honor of Robert Downey Jr.’s father, Robert and stepmother, and his wife’s mother, El in honor of his mother Elsie and his wife Susan’s father.

Briar means thorny brambles, and has never been a top 1000 name, while Rose is a classic floral name that’s become a current favorite in the middle spot. While it’s definitely not as weird as something like Moxie Crimefighter, it’s definitely an offbeat celebrity choice.

Tell us: What do you think of these baby name picks? Would you choose either one of them for your own child?

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

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Celebrity Baby Names: Kelly Rowland’s New Son

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

It’s a boy for singer and Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland and husband Tim Witherspoon! And they chose a legendarily strong baby name for their son: Titan Jewell.

Titan has moved into the top 1000 over the last few years. It’s the name of a legendary group of immortal giants from Greek mythology. With names like Athena rising on the girls’ list, it’s no surprise that Titan is now on its way up.

Jewell was likely the name Kelly was alluding to when she said that Tim picked a name related to family. It’s generally a surname, but could also be considered an alternative spelling of Jewel.

What do you think? Is this a gem of a name, or too offbeat for your taste?

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Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name

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Celebrity Baby Names: Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes Picked…

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Hey, girl! We finally found out what name Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes picked for their brand new baby daughter: Esmeralda Amada!

Esmeralda is the Spanish variation of Emerald, that amazing bright green gem. It’s currently in the top 400 names here in the U.S., though it’s on a bit of a downward trend. (It hit its peak at #134 back in 1998.)

Amada can be considered either a variation of Amadea, a Latin name that means beloved of God, or Amy, which just means beloved. It’s relatively unheard of here, but was the name of a character Eva played in a movie a few years back.

I’m loving Esmeralda, which can be shortened to the sweet and chic Esme. The names flow almost too well together—as if they’re both parts of a whole. Which may not be a bad thing, depending on your preferences.

Tell us: What do you think of the name Ryan and Eva picked? Would you consider Esmeralda?

Image: Ryan Gosling by Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com

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Spanish Baby Names
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Celebrity Baby Names: Ellen Pompeo’s Baby Girl

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Ellen Pompeo and husband Chris Ivery kept a little secret—they were expecting, via surrogate. And a few weeks ago, the Grey’s Anatomy star and her mate welcomed Sienna May to the world.

Sienna is the orangey-brown color from the Crayola boxes of crayons—but it’s based on the rich color of the soil in Italy’s picturesque Tuscan city, Siena. With the two ns, it’s in the top 300, while the Siena spelling is just inside the top 700. Actress Sienna Miller is the name’s big claim to fame.

May is, of course, the name of the fifth month, though it’s also considered a nickname for Margaret. While it hasn’t been in the top 1000 since the early 1980s as a first name, it’s remained extremely popular in the middle slot.

In all, a lovely and poetic name pick.

Tell us: What do you think of Sienna May? Are either of those names on your baby name list?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or send me your dilemma at lamilbrand@gmail.com. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook 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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