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Nate Berkus Is a Dad! Get the Scoop on His Baby’s Name

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

It’s a girl for TV home designer (and American Home Builders star) Nate Berkus and his husband Jeremiah Brent. And they gave their baby girl, born via surrogate on Monday, a wonderfully fresh and cheerful baby name: Poppy.

Poppy has long been a British baby name favorite (it’s number 12 on their charts), but it hasn’t ranked in the top 1000—ever—here in the U.S. It’s become a bit of a celebrity darling, though, with stars like Anthony Edwards, Jessica Capshaw, Jamie Oliver, and Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer choosing it for their daughters. (Not to mention actress Poppy Montgomery!) So we shouldn’t be too surprised if the name starts to show up in the top 1000 in the next year or two.

There’s no word yet on what middle name the pair picked for their little one. I like Poppy with something a little soft and sweet in the middle: the classic Elizabeth or Juliet, the classic middles Leigh or May, or the fun and funky Lark or Belle.

Poppy’s long been one of my favorite (and criminally underused) floral names. If you like the idea but aren’t a big fan of Poppy, you could consider Iris, Dahlia, and Magnolia as alternatives.

Tell us: Is Poppy ready to hit the big time here in the U.S.? What’s your favorite floral baby name?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. 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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The Sweet Meaning Behind Vin Diesel’s Baby Name Choice

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Vin Diesel and his longtime girlfriend Paloma Jiménez welcomed their third child recently, and they picked a baby name with a lot of meaning to them: Pauline, in honor of Vin’s late Fast and the Furious co-star Paul Walker. In fact, he revealed why he picked the name on the Today show: “He was in the room [when she was born]. There’s no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting this umbilical cord. I just … knew he was there,” he said. “It felt like a way to keep his memory a part of my family and a part of my world.”

While its male counterpart Paul has consistently been in the top 200, Pauline made its biggest splash in the 1910s through 1920s, and fell off the charts before the start of the 21st century. It means “small,” and has a slew of historic cred, at least on the male side of things—we’re talking saints, popes, artists, and a Beatle. It seems like a name that could be destined for a comeback, given the recent resurgence in popularity of baby names from that era (we’re talking Adeline and Clara, for instance), and its classic vibe.

Pauline matches nicely with the other vintage names picked for her siblings: Vincent, a top 100 pick which means “conquering,” and Hania, an offbeat variation on Hannah, which means “grace.”

Tell us: Have you named your baby after a loved one? And do you think Pauline is ready to make its comeback as a girls’ name?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. 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 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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Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively’s Baby Name Is Revealed!—Finally!

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Ryan Reynolds ended a few months’ worth of hemming and hawing (and some incorrect speculation about the name) today by finally revealing the name of his daughter with fellow actor Blake Lively. It’s not Violet, as was previously rumored, nor is it “Butternut Summersquash,” as he joked on the show. Instead, he picked the hot boys’ baby name crossover du jour for the celebrity set: James!

James is a top 10 mainstay for boys, and means “supplanter.” But a recent spate of celebrities have picked it in the middle spot for their daughters, including actor James Marsden (Mary James), actresses Jessica Capshaw (Poppy James) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (Autumn James), and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder (Olivia James). But Ryan and Blake are among the first to put it in the front spot.

There’s been no word on what middle name they picked to go with James—I’d probably swing in a more feminine direction, in case my daughter wasn’t loving James as a name. I’d go with something longer and multisyllable—my suggestions would include Elizabeth, Evangeline, Aurelia, Juliet (if they like alliteration), or Azalea, if they’re looking for something nature themed.

Tell us: Would you consider James for a girl? And are there any other uberclassic boys’ names that might be worthy of crossover? (I might even make the case for something like William—though I prefer Willa if you’re going in that direction!) And what middle name do you think Blake and Ryan picked for their daughter?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. 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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Cate Blanchett Gave Her Daughter THREE Vintage Baby Names!

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Cate BlanchettOscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett just adopted a baby girl—and in keeping with her vintage chic baby name style, joining big brothers Ignatius, Roman, and Dashiell is little sister Edith Vivian Patricia.

Edith is one of those turn-of-the-20th century favorites that’s making a comeback in this century, now in the 719th spot on the baby name charts. It means “prosperous in war,” and the most current and cool bearer of the name is Lady Edith Crawley from Downton Abbey. With the popularity of “E” names like Evie, Ever, and Evelyn, Edith makes a wonderful vintage alternative that’s likely going to be making a nice jump in popularity in the coming years. (It’s definitely on my “names to watch” list!)

Vivian was rumored to be in the first spot (but with the fancier Vivienne spelling). It’s a French baby name that means life, and it’s been in the top 200 names since 2008.

Patricia is the second middle name, and it means noble. After a long run in the very top of the charts from the 1930s to the 1980s, it’s been on a sharp decline since the turn of the 21th century.

In all, Cate made a lovely pick that fits in well with her choices for her sons.

Tell us: What do you think of Cate’s baby name choices? Would you dust off a vintage name like Edith (or even her other picks, like Ignatius)?

If you’re still looking for a great baby name, try our Baby Name Finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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How Kelly Clarkson Nailed 3 Baby Name Trends

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Kelly Clarkson and River RoseKelly Clarkson dishes about her daughter’s name in the latest issue of People magazine, explaining how she and hubby Brandon Blackstock settled on River Rose. And while the celeb mama is modest about it, we think she totally rocked the baby-name game. The reason? River Rose exemplifies three of the hottest trends in baby names these days. Here’s why her pick is totally on trend:

She chose a cool unisex name. River works for boys or girls (in fact, actor River Phoenix was the most famous bearer of the name)—but the middle name Rose adds just a little bit of a girly vibe. Kelly joins a long list of celebs who picked baby names that could have worked for a boy or a girl—everyone from Kim Kardashian’s North to Shakira’s son Sasha. (By the way, Kelly told People that she picked River because they live near a river—a nice little personal touch.)

• She honored a family member. I’m a big proponent of choosing baby names that are meaningful to you (both my daughters were named after beloved family members)—and Kelly told People she picked Rose in honor of her mother’s maiden name.

• She added a little alliteration. River Rose flows beautifully because of all those rs, offset by the sharper vs and zs. Alliteration has been popping up here and there, with celebrity baby names like Royal Reign (from Lil Kim), Vernon Vaughn (son of Vince Vaughn) and Bill Hader’s two daughters, Harper and Hannah Hader. Of course, alliteration is one of those baby name trends that tends to be pretty divisive—some people (like Kelly!) love it, and others think it’s way too cutesy.

Tell us: Did your baby name picks follow one of these trends? And what’s your take on alliteration—cool or cutesy?

If you’re looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for advice. 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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