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Jaime King’s Baby Name Pick: Get the Scoop!

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Actress Jaime King and husband Kyle Newman welcomed their second son (Taylor Swift’s godson!) earlier this week—and shared the news via  this awesome breastfeeding birth announcement pic—but they kept us all waiting a few days before announcing their baby name. Now we know: Joining big brother James Knight is Leo Thames!

Leo has become a pretty hot baby name pick for boys since the turn of the 21st century—so maybe we can chalk that up to actor Leo DiCaprio, or to the fact that actors Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz also chose it for their son? It comes from the Latin word for lion, and it’s currently sitting at #97 on the popularity charts.

Related: Jaime King’s Best Pregnancy Advice!

A spokesperson said that Jaime and Kyle decided to use Thames in the middle in honor of the legendary river in London, which holds special meaning for the family—Jaime and Kyle were married near it. I think it’s a lovely choice, and a nice reminder that you can pick a middle name with special and sentimental meaning to you, even if it’s a bit offbeat.

Related: Middle Names: 8 Ways to Pick a Great One

All in all, I think it’s a winning combination, and one that nicely complements the name they picked for big brother James.

Tell us: What do you think of Jaime and Kyle’s baby name choice? Is Leo on your short list? And did you pick a name with special meaning to you for your son or daughter?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email me 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.

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Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name
Baby Names: How to Pick a Great Name

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Has 1D’s Louis Tomlinson Already Revealed His Baby Name Pick?

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Teens and tweens worldwide were buzzing this week about the news that One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson is expecting a baby with stylist Briana Jungwirth. And we may already have the inside scoop on what the baby name he’d love—at least, if it’s a boy! According a Top of the Pops interview in 2012, Louis picked a pair of “L” names for a future son. “I’ve always quite liked the name Leo,” he told the mag. “If I had a boy, I’d quite like to call him Leo, but I like Lucas as well.”

Both names are quite stylish these days. But the question remains: What would he pick for a girl? If he wants to continue the L theme, I do love Luna, which has been on the rise in popularity ever since J.K. Rowling introduced the character Luna Lovegood in the fifth book of the Harry Potter series. If he wants to give a nod to his talents, Lyric makes a lovely baby girl name. And of course, there’s the sweet and stylish Lucy, Lilian, and Lilah.

Related: Celebs Have Baby Name Dilemmas, Too!

Naturally, Louis’s taste in baby names may have changed in the three years since the interview came out—so it’ll be interesting to see if those name picks stand.

Tell us: What names would you suggest for the first One Direction baby?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email me 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.

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Sophie B. Hawkins’ Baby Girl is Here—Check Out Her Vintage Name!

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Sophie B. Hawkins—the “Damn, Wish I Was Your Lover” singer—made headlines when she announced that she was expecting expecting her second baby at the age of 50. And now, her little girl is here! On July 7th, Sophie’s daughter, Esther Ballantine, joined big brother Dashiell.

Esther is a prominent Old Testament baby name, given to a queen who famously risked her life to save her people. It was also associated with synchronized swimming movie icon Esther Williams, a number of characters played by Judy Garland in classic movies (including Meet Me in St. Louis), a witchy character on Vampire Diaries, and as the fill-in lead character in Sylvia Plath’s Bell Jar. It’s been on a bit of an uptick since the turn of the 21st century, and currently ranks just outside the top 200. The name itself means “star,” and is following fellow starry names like Stella and Estella up the charts.

Ballantine is the same middle name as Sophie herself sports, and probably is a family name. (I kinda like the ring of Esther B. Hawkins to mirror her mom’s own name, don’t you?) And the name makes a nice sibling set with Dashiell, Sophie’s pick for her son.

Related: The 25 Best Vintage Baby Names for Girls

Tell us: What do you think of Sophie’s choice? Is Esther on your short list of baby names, or is it too old-fashioned for your taste? And would you give your daughter the same middle name that you have?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email me 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.

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

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Check Out the Baby Name Noah Wyle Picked for His Daughter!

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Noah Wyle Sara WellsIt’s a girl for Noah Wyle and his wife, Sara Wells, who welcomed daughter Frances Harper early last week. She joins her big brother and sister, Owen and Auden. (Loving this sibling set of names, aren’t you?)

Frances is the female version of the classic Francis, and it means “free man.” It’s currently on a bit of an uptick, thanks in part to Pope Francis I. It’s currently in the top 700 baby names for girls.

And Harper, the middle name, is a far more popular name—it’s currently #11 for girls. It has a lovely meaning, harp player, and has been popular with celebrities: David and Victoria Beckham picked it for their daughter, as did Neil Patrick Harris, Eddie Vedder and Jenna Fischer. (It’s also associated with the author Harper Lee, who created the classic To Kill a Mockingbird.

In all, Frances Harper is a lovely baby name that’s just a little bit on the unisex side—and a perfect fit with the names of her siblings.

Tell us: What do you think of the baby name Noah Wyle picked for his daughter? Do either Frances or Harper make your baby name short list?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name for your future son or daughter, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com and you could get some expert advice in a future blog post. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby name news and advice!

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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Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Adorable Baby Name Choice—Get the Details!

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Jennifer Love Hewitt seems to have a baby name plan—and it involves giving her kids the same monograms (and the same middle name). She and husband Brian Hallisay just welcomed a son, Atticus James, who joins big sister Autumn James.

Atticus has been an up-and-comer baby name recently. It’s risen more than 600 spots in the past decade, and now sits at #370. The moniker’s biggest claims to fame were a Greek philosopher and the upstanding lawyer father Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s beloved classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. A string of celebrity siblings (Summer Phoenix, Casey Affleck, Daniel Baldwin) all picked it for their kids, and it recently popped up on Downton Abbey as well, which won’t hurt its popularity!

James is, of course, a true classic. It’s a perennial top 20 name for boys that means “supplanter,” and appeared on countless famous folks, from royalty and presidents to Biblical figures and authors. Recently, it’s been popping up as a name for girls as well (Jennifer Love Hewitt was one of the trendsetters in this regard with her daughter Autumn James).

This name is a real winner: A lovely classic with wonderful history behind it, and part of a baby-name theme that’s being utilized without being too matchy-matchy (no Ann and Andy!).

What do you think of Jennifer Love Hewitt’s baby name pick? Is it one you’d consider for your son?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com and your answer could appear here. 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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