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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
Celebrities usually don’t go for those top 10 baby names—and often pick names that the rest of us wouldn’t dare to bestow on our kids. So what was red hot for the A (and B and C) listers in 2014? Take a look at some of the wilder trends in celebrity baby names!
Unusual Boys’ Names, for Girls
Drew Barrymore started the trend by picking short-form Frankie (not the typical girly Frances or Francesca). Then Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis followed up by giving top boys’ name Wyatt to their first born.
The Reign/Rain Effect
Maybe they were weatherman wannabes—or just big fans of the CW’s sexy historical soap Reign—but Rain and Reign were the hot middle names du jour. (And they were often paired with offbeat first names, too). Cristina Aguilera went for the poetic Summer Rain, actress Teresa Palmer liked the zen Bodhi Rain, and Lil Kim gave us the Prince-esque Royal Reign.
Saint became a hot celebrity pick—Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz picked it for his son, while Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl put it in the middle for new daughter Ophelia Saint. And Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale went with old-school Greek god name Apollo for their new baby boy—and paired it with Bowie (as in rock god David Bowie) and Flynn. Even Bodhi falls into this trend, as it’s a term associated with Buddha and his understanding of the nature of things. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green chose it for son Bodhi Ransom (in addition to Teresa Palmer’s pick).
Time-related phrases became popular for celebs. Future was the pick for Ciara and Future’s son, honoring his daddy’s stage name. And Mike Myers gave his daughter the name Sunday Molly (even though she wasn’t born on that day).
Maybe actors Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson were hoping that their first daughter would be a good sleeper—they gave her the name Briar Rose, which was Sleeping Beauty’s moniker.
Are any of these trends on your radar for your own baby? If you’re still looking for the perfect name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or send me your dilemma at firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.
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Monday, December 15th, 2014
It’s a girl for Nashville actress Hayden Panettiere and her fiance, boxer Wladimir Klitschko. They welcomed Kaya Evdokia Klitschko last Tuesday.
Kaya is a Native American name that means “elder sister,” and unlike its rhyming cousin, Maya, it’s not been overly popular—it currently sits at #757 in popularity. Its biggest claim to fame is being the name of the American Girl historical Native American doll. It’s also been used by several other celebrities, including model Cindy Crawford.
Evdokia is an old Greek name that means “pleasure and delight.” It’s relatively unheard of here, and I wonder if it has family significance to the couple. (There’s also a 1970s Greek film about a prostitute that bears the name.)
What do you think of Hayden and Wladimir’s name choices? Do you think they’re going to launch a Kaya revolution?
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Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Actor/director Tyler Perry and his longtime girlfriend Gelila Bekele welcomed their first son over Thanksgiving weekend. And they gave him a name that has meaning to them: Aman Tyler Perry.
Depending on your source, Aman is either a Hindi boys’ name meaning peace, or a variant spelling of Iman, an Arabic girls’ name meaning faith. Tyler and Gelila appear to adhere to the former, stating that the name was chosen to honor “the true meaning of Thanksgiving and then, of course, the holiday season.”
Tyler, of course, is in honor of Daddy. It’s an occupational name that means “maker of tilers”, and currently a top 100 name for boys, though it’s been used for girls as well.
Tell us: What do you think of Tyler and Gelila’s choices? Would you consider Aman for your son or daughter?
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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
It’s another girl for Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and wife Nancy Juvonen! Joining big sister Winnie Rose is Frances Cole, who was born via surrogate on December 3rd.
Frances is experiencing a bit of a renaissance after more than 50 years on the decline. (You can probably thank Pope Francis for the newfound interest!) The name means either free man or from France, depending on the source. If you liked Drew Barrymore’s decision to go with Frankie for her daughter, you can use the same nickname with this name. (And given that Nancy is a partner in Drew Barrymore’s production company and Drew’s the gal who set them up, I wouldn’t be surprised if she helped inspire the name choice!)
Cole is generally used as a boy’s name, and means “coal black.” It’s currently near the top 100 boys’ names, and is most commonly associated with songwriter Cole Porter. (Not a bad association for a baby!) I’m wondering if the name has some sort of family history to it.
In all, the name hits the same vein as big sister Winnie’s—and I kind of love the Winnie/Frances sibset.
Tell us: What do you think of Jimmy and Nancy’s name choices? Would you consider Frances for your daughter—and is Cole ready to make the jump from boys’ name to girls’?
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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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