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Sunday, December 29th, 2013
Sorry we’ve been a little busy holidaying it up at In Name Only, and I nearly missed an intriguing baby name from stylist-turned-designer Rachel Zoe. She and her husband welcomed Rodger Berman welcomed a second son before Christmas, and named him Kaius Jagger—with plans to call him Kai. He joins their first son, Skyler.
Kaius is an alternative spelling for Caius, an ancient Roman name that means rejoice. Latin and Latin-style names have become very popular lately—like Atticus, Magnus and Augustus. Kai itself is a Hawaiian name that means “sea,” and has been pretty popular lately. (It’s currently in the top 200 baby names.)
Jagger is a surname name, usually used by fans of Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger—and it’s been on a sharp rise in the past few years.
I’d probably prefer the old school Caius spelling, as an old-fashioned namer at heart. The K feels just a little too Kardashian for my taste. But I think it’s a fun name that works for the son of a very fashionable couple.
What do you think of Rachel Zoe’s pick? Anything you’d consider for your son amongst her name choices?
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Monday, December 23rd, 2013
Kate Winslet likes short and sweet names for her kids: Her oldest two are Mia and Joe. But with baby number three, she’s veering a little bit into the A-list odd baby name arena, with the name Bear.
Besides the animal, it’s most well known as the name of legendary football coach Bear Bryant. It was picked for several celebrities, though usually as a middle name—where I think it works a lot better. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ frontman Anthony Kiedis and chef Jamie Oliver picked it as a middle name for their boys, while Alicia Silverstone also put it in the front, as Bear Blu.
There’s no word on whether/if the baby has a middle name. Bear does sound nice with Winslet, though I’m still not convinced it makes a good name for a grown man.
What do you think? Is Bear a good name, or is it too out there? Don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the latest in baby names, and find your own favorites with our Baby Name Finder.
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Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
It’s a girl for Jennifer Love Hewitt and her new husband, Brian Hallisay. And the pair gave their brand new daughter a perfectly apropos name for the season—Autumn James.
Autumn is the most popular of the season names, currently at #68 in the U.S. (It’s followed by Summer, Winter, and then finally, Spring, which hasn’t been in the top 1000 for decades.)
And James has become the hot middle name du jour for celebrity daughters—Autumn is the third celebrity daughter who has James in the middle. James was actually a reasonably popular name for girls through much of the last century—it dropped out of the top 1000 back in the 1980s, and it’s been a top 20 name for boys for the past century and a half.
I like the flow of the names together, with the soft ms and ns. What do you think of the name they picked? Do any of the seasonal baby names appeal to you? (I’m digging Winter myself.)
If you’re still looking for the perfect name for your kids, don’t forget to check out our Baby Name Finder—or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a little expert advice.
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Sunday, November 17th, 2013
You just need to say the words “Bat Kid” to me this week to bring me to tears. Just trying to explain it to my husband left me bawling, and I managed to even get him to tear up just by showing him some awesome images of 5-year-old Miles Scott, AKA “Batkid.” If you didn’t get a chance to see this amazing story, Miles spent a day last week saving San Francisco (AKA Gotham City) from the Penguin and the Riddler, as part of his Make a Wish event after battling leukemia. And he drew not only a crowd of thousands throughout San Francisco, but celebrities and even the President, who all celebrated his big day with him.
Miles really seems apropos for a young boy who has had such a challenging journey so far in his life—and it kind of sounds like a superhero name, doesn’t it? (Think Bruce Wayne, Tony Stark, Clark Kent, Miles Scott). But the name Miles actually has a different meaning than you might imagine—it means generous and giving. It’s the 111th most popular name in the U.S., currently at the highest point in popularity over the past 130 years. In addition to Batkid, there are other famous Miles out there—like jazz great Miles Davis and Myles Standish, a leader of the Plymouth Colony.
Miles pairs beautifully with longer middle names. I like Miles with Theodore, Felix, and Everett.
What do you think of Miles as a baby name—and what did you think of Batkid’s story? If you’re still looking for a name worthy of your future superhero or super heroine, check out our Baby Name Finder.
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
It’s often hard to predict which pop culture names will inspire parents to choose them. I would have thought that Barack might have cracked the top 1000 after our 44th president, but no such luck. Only a handful of people have used Katniss or Peeta for their offspring, despite the Hunger Games’ popularity. And there’s really only one Beyonce—that name, created for the singer by her parents, still hasn’t cracked the top 1000.
But another celebrity catapulted her totally made up (and not even official) name into the baby name stratosphere—Miley Cyrus, who was born with the name Destiny Hope. Miley was her nickname because she was so “smiley” as a kid, and it became both her stage name and her alter ego’s name from Hannah Montana, too.
The year after the show Hannah Montana hit the airwaves, the name hit the big time, becoming the 278th most popular name in the country. Its popularity peaked in 2008, and it’s been on a slow and steady decline since then—in 2012, it ranked 335th.
I’m curious to see if it’s going to make a much sharper trajectory into the basement with all of Miley’s latest hijinks—maybe parents don’t want their kids named in honor of someone so controversial. My guess? It probably will take a huge nosedive. For reference, take a look at the trajectory of the name Lindsay (a la Lindsay Lohan), which took a big bump down starting with her first brushes with the law in 2006. And Lindsay is an actual name with a real meaning behind it, so it has that going over Miley’s name.
What do you think? Is Miley destined for a big drop in popularity? Or will parents still like that “smiley” message behind it?
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