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Celebrity Baby Names: Savannah Guthrie’s New Daughter

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

It’s a girl for Today Show anchor Savannah Guthrie and her husband, Michael Feldman, who welcomed their first daughter yesterday. And they gave her an intriguing name: Vale Guthrie Feldman.

Vale is a word name, which means valley. It’s one that hasn’t been commonly used—it doesn’t even register on the Social Security list, which means that fewer than five children had the name last year. (But I’m guessing that Savannah may have helped bring it into the spotlight!) I love the idea of choosing the name Vale for a daughter of someone named Savannah, since Savannah means grassy plain—in addition to being the city in Georgia.

And with V names becoming so popular (think Violet, Vivienne, Everly and Evelyn), Vale seems to fit right in with the current baby name trends.

Vale’s middle name, of course, is Guthrie’s surname, a wonderful way to honor mom!

What do you think? Could Vale be a new and welcome addition to the universe of names, or is it too offbeat for you?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or send your dilemma to me at lamilbrand@gmail.com (you could be featured in an upcoming issue of our sister publication, American Baby!). And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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

Image: Savannah Guthrie by Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com; Vale Guthrie Feldman courtesy of Savannah Guthrie/Twitter.com

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Celebrity Baby Names: A Designer’s Daughter

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

It’s a girl for fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff and her husband, Gavin Bellour. Joining big brother Luca Shai is a daughter with a unique name choice for a girl: Bowie Lou.

Bowie has generally been a name in the boys’ column, most commonly associated with rock legend David Bowie, Alamo hero Jim Bowie, and the Bowie knife. (Though 2013 figures show that 42 girls bear the name, compared to only 25 boys.) It’s of Scottish origin, and means blonde.

Lou is often considered a nickname for Louisa, though can be a name in its own right. It’s recently become somewhat fashionable among celebs for a middle name, with Louis C.K. picking it for his daughter, Mary Lou, and Keri Russell choosing Willa Lou.

Tell us: What do you think of Rebecca and Gavin’s choice? Would you consider Bowie for your daughter or your son?

We’re looking for a few great baby name dilemmas to feature in our sister publication, American Baby. Send us your baby name issue at lamilbrand@gmail.com and you could be featured! 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 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: Maya Rudolph’s Daughter

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Well played, Maya Rudolph! It took nearly a year for us to find name what the comedian and her husband, director Paul Thomas Anderson, chose for fourth child—or even the fact that she’s a girl! So what name did Maya and Paul pick for baby number four? Joining big siblings Pearl, Lucille and Jack is baby Minnie Ida. (Love their vintage name picks!)

Minnie is generally thought of as a nickname for Minerva, the Roman version of the goddess of wisdom—and the name means wise. Minerva’s current claim to fame is Professor Minerva McGonagall, Harry Potter’s protector at Hogwarts. And Minnie? Well, it’s most commonly associated with the beau of Mickey Mouse. Minnie is one of those vintage names, like Hattie, Sadie and Millie, that’s making a bit of a comeback.

Ida’s a name that I’m always shocked hasn’t taken off, especially in an era when Eve, Ava and Adeline are red hot. It’s an old-school name that means industrious one, and hasn’t been in the top 1000 here in the U.S. since the 1980s.

What do you think of the name Minnie Ida? Would either of those be on your short list?

Note: Thanks to the (many, many, many) readers who noted that Minnie was a family name choice, after Maya’s mother, singer Minnie Riperton—who passed away in 1979. (You may know her biggest hit, “Lovin’ You.”)

Test your knowledge of star name picks with our Celebrity Baby Name Quiz, or pick your own A-list worthy name with our Baby Fame Name Generator. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest celebrity baby name scoop.

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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Celebrity Baby Names: Two Unique Choices

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

This week, two celebs welcomed new babies: Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes and her DJ/producer husband Sunnery James had a daughter named Myllena Mae, who joins big brother Phyllon Joy, while Evanescence singer Amy Lee and husband Josh Hartzler welcomed their first child, a son they named Jack Lion.

Doutzen and Sunnery picked a name that seems to suit their family, as they all sport unique names. Myllena seems to be a unique spelling of Milena, which means love and warmth, and Mae’s a relatively common middle name, considered a shortened version of Margaret.

Amy and Josh went in the other direction, with a popular first name, Jack, which is a nickname for the classic John, and a top 40 name in its own right. The middle name is a bit more unique—only 13 boys were given the name Lion last year. It follows a current celebrity name trendlet of picking animal names for kids (think Alicia Silverstone’s Bear Blu, and Nicole Richie’s son Sparrow).

Tell us: What do you think of their name picks? And is there an animal name you’d consider for your child?

If you’re still loping for the perfect baby name, try our Baby Name Finder, or send your dilemma to 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?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

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Celebrity Baby Names: Kelsey Grammer’s Son

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

It’s a boy for Kelsey Grammer and wife Kayte! Joining Grammer’s four children from previous relationships—Spencer, Greer, Mason, and Jude—and big sister Faith Evangeline Elisa is Kelsey Gabriel Elias, who will go by the name Gabriel.

The elder Kelsey is probably the most famous bearer of the name, but in recent years, this unisex name has gone over to the girl side. (It’s currently about to hit the top 300 names for girls.) I’d love to see more guys bearing it, though!

Gabriel has been a top 25 pick for the past five years, and and has never been out of the top 1000. It’s one of the Biblical archangels—the one given the cool job of announcing Jesus’s birth.

Elias is the Greek version of Elijah, and a whole slew of mathematicians, scientists and inventors have borne the name, including sewing machine inventor Elias Howe. It’s currently just outside the top 100 names here in the U.S.

In all, a lovely name! Tell me: Are there any names here you love? Would you ever give your child a first name you don’t intend for him to use?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, try our Baby Name Finder, or feel free to email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com. And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest in baby names.

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

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